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