Idaho State University announced late today that it will begin offering a nursing doctoral program—a first of its kind in Idaho—beginning in 2013. Six doctoral students are expected to be admitted into the ISU School of Nursing program in spring 2013. A statement from the university said the program would "begin small," but there was a "huge demand for nurses with doctorates nationally and within the state of Idaho."
"Before now, nurses had to leave Idaho to earn a doctorate. Now they can stay in Idaho, raise their families and access quality education," said Karen Neill, associate director for Graduate Studies and professor in the ISU School of Nursing.
Besides the Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing degree, there is also the Doctor of Nursing Practice degree, which ISU plans to offer in the future, Neill said.
The nursing doctoral program was approved by the Idaho State Board of Education at its June meeting.