UA College of Nursing Offers E-learning for Graduate Students
The University of Arizona College of Nursing is pleased to offer the Master of Science degree, nurse practitioner option, in a new, Web-enhanced and online format for graduate nursing students. The Rural Health for Advanced Practice Nurses project was funded in July 2003 by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HRSA), Division of Nursing. The funding supports redesign of the traditional nurse practitioner options to Web-enhanced and online delivery and supports three new rural health certificate options for graduate study.
Online delivery facilitates rural students' access to the nurse practitioner options and makes advanced nursing education available to nurse practitioner students in their own communities. Program Director Sally J. Reel, PhD, RN, CFNP, explains that e-learning helps to overcome the obstacles of time and geography that students in rural settings face when they want to continue their education. "Not only does this program extend nursing education to rural Arizona," she said, "but when rural students are able to study in their home communities, they are more likely to stay in their communities on graduation. As a result, we expect that this program will improve access to quality health care in rural areas of the state."
To create the Rural Health for Advanced Practice Nurses program, the UA College of Nursing redesigned its nurse practitioner programs for online, Internet-based delivery augmented by real-time videoconferencing and a CD-ROM course library. Students accepted in the program will spend one week on campus at the beginning and end of each semester and then will complete the courses they need to earn their master's degree online. They will complete the clinical component of their program with approved clinical preceptors in their own communities and will have online access to UA faculty and materials, libraries, bookstores and support staff.
Students can pursue one of three study options for a master's degree in the nurse practitioner program - Family Nurse Practitioner, Adult Nurse Practitioner, or Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. Those who already have a master's in nursing can choose a post-master's certificate program to obtain a nurse practitioner credential.
Students with an interest in rural health care may also choose a rural health certificate option. There are opportunities for non-nursing majors to take a rural health certificate option as well.
Applications are being accepted now for enrollment beginning in the fall semester 2004. While the priority deadline for Master of Science degree was March 1, 2004, applications are being accepted until the class is filled. For more information, call (520) 626-3808 or (800) 288-6158, or visit www.nursing.arizona.edu