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Decker nursing school to add high-level training courses

Binghamton University’s Decker School of Nursing is offering two new courses that will help train nurses for the work force of tomorrow.

The Doctor of Nursing Practice and the Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner programs will provide higher education to those who need it, said Decker Dean Joyce Ferrario.

The DNP program, which will be required by the American Association of Colleges and Nursing by 2015, will provide doctoral-level programming to students who have reached a master’s level education in nursing. The class will mostly be taken by nurse practitioners in 2010, but by 2011, it will be open students with a bachelor’s degree.

“We really needed to move in that direction so we can continue to meet the needs of primary care,” Ferrario said.

About 25 students are expected to be enrolled in the program for the fall semester, she said.

The psychiatric nursing program was designed to fill a definite need locally, because there are few practicing psychiatrists in the Southern Tier, Ferrario said.

“We absolutely need psychiatric nurse practitioners,” she said.

A few students were admitted into clinical courses of the program this semester. The two-year master’s program should have about 14 students by the fall.

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Will there be similar programs set up for dental hygienists and dental assistants as well?  I’ve got a niece who is looking into schools for next Fall and would like some more information on this new program.  Thanks!
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By Susana on 2010 05 11