The doctor of nursing practice degree (DNP) is generally
considered the wave of the future in nursing. The American
Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) proposed in 2005 that the
DNP would be the standard for advanced practice nursing (APN) by
DNPs also are seen as a possible solution to the shortage of
primary care for underserved populations.
The University at Buffalo School of Nursing has been awarded a
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HRSA) grant of
$697,890 over two years to provide financial assistance to graduate
students matriculating in advanced nursing programs leading to a
Marsha Lewis, PhD, RN, FAAN, dean of the nursing school and
author on the grant, says this will be a tremendous opportunity for
UB Nursing’s adult-gerontology, family and psychiatric-mental
health nurse practitioner students.
“We anticipate that at least 60 post-BS to DNP students
will benefit from these funds as they prepare to become primary
care nurse practitioners,” says Lewis.
Rep. Brian Higgins (NY-26) notes that skilled nurses are
critical to our nation’s health care system.
“I am grateful that the University at Buffalo has been
awarded this funding to help make sure that all students who are
dedicated to receiving this advanced training are able to complete
their program of study,” he says. “Western New York
will benefit greatly from this investment in the long
UB has been offering the DNP program since the summer of 2011
for students with a bachelor of science degree in nursing.
In developing a nonresearch clinical doctorate, nursing moves in
the direction of other health professions, such as medicine (MD),
dentistry (DDS), pharmacy (PharmD), psychology (PsyD), physical
therapy (DPT) and audiology (AudD).
UB is the only public program in Western New York to admit
students to a post-baccalaureate DNP program.