Salve Regina to offer new doctoral nursing program
SALVE REGINA UNIVERSITY is starting graduate degree programs in nursing thanks to a $1 million gift. The school intends to offer both master's and doctorate degrees in nursing once the program begins in the fall.
NEWPORT – Salve Regina University is launching a new graduate program in nursing with a family’s $1 million gift, the university announced Thursday.
The new program, which university Spokesman Matt Boxler confirmed is already posted online, will add a Doctorate of Nursing Practice and Master of Science degree to the existing undergraduate nursing programs. Those undergraduate programs include a pre-licensure track for high school graduates, transfer and second-degree students, as well as a “degree completion track” for students who are already registered nurses, according to the university website.
Salve Regina’s nursing program is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education. In existence for more than 60 years, the school has maintained approval from the Rhode Island Board of Nurse Registration and Nursing Education, the website states.
The new doctoral program will be offered this fall pending approval from the New England Association of Schools and Colleges. Accreditation by CCNE would be sought after completion of the first academic year, the website states.
Boxler declined to elaborate on the new programs, saying that university President Sister Jane Gerety would make a formal announcement next Wednesday, along with U.S. Sen. Jack Reed and Eileen Gray, chairwoman of the school’s nursing department.
That press conference is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. at the Young Building at 518 Bellevue Ave., the corner of Bellevue and Ruggles avenues, according to a media advisory.
Details about the donor and other means of helping finance the new program were unavailable.