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TWU and TAMU-CC to offer cooperative Ph.D. in nursing

5/21/09


May 21, 2009 — CORPUS CHRISTI/DENTON — Texas Woman’s University and Texas A&M-Corpus Christi recently received approval from the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board to offer a cooperative Ph.D. in nursing.

The cooperative Ph.D in nursing program begins in fall 2009 and will offer a blend of online, televideo and face-to-face classes for students that will be taught by current TWU doctoral faculty. More information, including enrollment requirements, is available at www.twu.edu/nursing/phd.asp.

“This is truly a cooperative venture in sharing faculty knowledge, resources and expertise from both universities,” said Dr. Pat Holden-Huchton, dean of the TWU College of Nursing. “The true beneficiaries of this partnership are nurses in South Texas who wish to pursue their doctorate, because now they have a convenient option to do so.”

According to Texas Board of Nursing data, less than one percent of the nurses in Texas hold a doctoral degree while 6.3 percent have earned a master’s degree in nursing. During the period of 2004-2006, almost 56 percent of the qualified applicants to nursing programs in Texas were denied admission because of insufficient faculty resources. The faculty vacancy rate for the Texas Coastal Bend nursing schools is currently 20 percent.

Dr. Mary Jane Hamilton, dean of the College of Nursing and Health Sciences at TAMU-CC, said the new doctoral program will help address the shortage of nurse educators.

“The ability to prepare new nurses is directly related to our ability to supply trained professionals to teach nursing programs,” Dr. Hamilton said. “The national shortage of nurses is intricately linked to a lack of nursing faculty and training facilities. This new program will help meet this demand for nurse educators, which will help alleviate the nursing shortage here and throughout the nation.”

Although students in South Texas will be participating through Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, the degree will be conferred by TWU. Current doctoral faculty and advisers will mentor faculty at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, who will assume teaching roles in the Ph.D. program after gaining TWU graduate faculty status.


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With more than 13,000 alumni and more than 2,300 undergraduate and graduate students in Denton, Dallas and Houston, Texas Woman’s University has the largest college of nursing in Texas and produces more new nurses than any other program in the state. For more information, visit www.twu.edu.


With more than 900 graduate and undergraduate students, the College of Nursing and Health Sciences is the fastest-growing college at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi. For more information, visit www.tamucc.edu.

 


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