Board of Trustees approves two degrees
Reprinted form Media Relations at Illinois State University.
Illinois State University’s Board of Trustees approved a new doctoral degree program in nursing practice and a master’s degree in anthropology.
The doctor of nursing practice (DNP) program in Mennonite College of Nursing at Illinois State will prepare nurses to serve as clinical or administrative leaders and educators in a variety of settings. The program is designed to meet the new standards for advanced practice nursing as stipulated by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing. The DNP is a 34 semester-hour post-master’s program that includes a residency and a scholarly project based on clinical practice.
The program is designed to be completed in two years by full-time students and in three years by part-time students. Online coursework will be supplemented by on-campus meetings with Mennonite College of Nursing faculty members. It is anticipated the program will admit 15 students annually using a cohort model.
The new master’s degree in anthropology will incorporate and expand on areas currently taught in the master’s program in archeology. The new degree program will offer three sequences currently taught in the archeology program – prehistoric, historical and biological – and new sequences in cultural anthropology and Japanese studies.
Administered through the Department of Sociology/Anthropology, the program will prepare students for work in a broad range of government and private specializations including prehistory, biology, ethnology, mapping, field linguistics, artifact storage and curation, and osteology. The anthropology master’s program is expected to enroll about 10 new students a year with a total of about 25 students in the program at any one time.