PHOENIX, July 9 /PRNewswire/ --
"We're very proud to add the Ph.D. in Nursing and Educational Specialist degrees to our robust roster of offerings," said Jeremy Moreland, Ph.D., dean of the School of Advanced Studies. "The nursing program is designed for individuals who currently hold a master's degree in nursing, have previous full-time work experience in nursing or a related field, and are currently employed in a nursing or healthcare field, with the primary goal of providing a strong research background, advanced education and enhanced training to help individuals move forward into a leadership, administrative and/or a nursing faculty position."
According to a recent American Association of Colleges of Nursing report, U.S. nursing schools turned away nearly 50,000 qualified applicants from baccalaureate and graduate nursing programs in 2008 due to an insufficient number of qualified faculty and other extenuating factors. Almost two-thirds of the nursing schools responding to the survey pointed to faculty shortages as a reason for not accepting all eligible applicants.
The Ed.S. program is designed for individuals who work primarily in K-12 education, but would like to advance their academic careers and increase their earning levels. The program will prepare learners to become transformational leaders who will strategically manage and lead complex educational organizations. The program emphasizes leadership, with a focus on a specialization in Curriculum and Instruction.
"This degree is a vital step up for academic professionals who want to increase their own personal knowledge or skills, but would like an alternative to the demands that a doctoral degree may impose on them," said Rita Edwards, area chair for education for the University's School of Advanced Studies and a member of SAS's Global Academic Council.
"We want to help keep the best in education in education.
The Educational Specialist program has the same admissions requirements as that of the University's doctoral degree in Education in that it requires applicants to have already earned their master's degree, have at least three years of professional work experience and have current access to an educational environment.
Interested doctoral nursing applicants and those interested in pursuing the Ed.S. degree may obtain additional information by calling (602) 387-6844 or visiting http://doctoral.phoenix.edu. Information regarding certain state restrictions on online programs may also be obtained via the University's Web site.
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