Dillard University, the historically Black educational institution in New Orleans, has announced that it will be offering a master’s degree in nursing program for the first time this fall.
The new program will be the first master’s degree in Dillard University’s 153-year history. The master’s degree program is a 12-course, 36-39 credit hour hybrid degree program designed to be completed in four consecutive semesters for full-time students and six semesters for part-time students. Program options include nurse educator, nurse administrator, and nurse entrepreneur.
“Dillard’s MSN degree program directly aligns with the demand for more nurses and nurse educators to prepare future nurses and nursing administrators to manage and lead staff nurses in their various roles and settings,” said Sharon Hutchinson, dean of the College of Nursing at Dillard University. “This is an exciting time to enter the arena of graduate nursing education and produce graduates who will prepare future nurses, impact healthcare outcomes for consumers of health, and address health disparities for diverse peoples and communities.”
Rochelle Ford, president of Dillard University, added that it is apropos that the nursing program is home to the university’s first master’s degree. “Our nursing program is a historical program; we are known for our exceptional graduates in the field, many of whom have earned advanced credentials and degrees.”