First Class: College Welcomes Inaugural DNP Cohort

First Class:  Felician welcomes the inaugural class of our first doctoral-level program, the Doctor of Nursing Practice.

Felician College is tremendously proud this fall to welcome the first cohort of dedicated nurse professionals into the Doctor of Nursing Practice program, Felician’s first doctoral program.   For almost fifty years Felician College has been providing outstanding nursing education, culminating now in the introduction of the DNP.  According to Dr. Muriel Shore, Dean of the Division of Nursing and Health Management, the program will extend the College’s efforts to educate “nurses who will design, lead and champion improvements in the nation’s quality of health care.”  

Felician President Dr. Anne Prisco marked the significance of this institutional milestone, saying, “I commend Dr. Shore and her distinguished faculty, who have designed a doctoral program at the forefront of industry and educational standards and practices.” 

The students who will receive Felician College’s first doctoral degrees bring experience primarily in medically underserved areas.  They currently hold senior leadership positions in health care, including roles as Advanced Practice Nurses and Chief Nursing Officers according to Dr. Shore, who notes that they “understand the future challenges of nursing practice and come with a passion and goal for excellence in patient care.” 

The Doctor of Nursing Practice program, which students complete in approximately seven semesters and complete tracks in Advanced Practice or Executive Leadership, consists of online coursework, on-campus residencies, and a change initiative capstone project designed to integrate scholarship and practice.