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Dean Frantz to Chair National DNP Summit

Rita Frantz

On April 15 and 16, UI College of Nursing Dean Rita Frantz will be chairing a national summit on the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree in Chicago.

Sponsored by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN), summit attendees will include representatives from national health care organizations, certifying and accrediting bodies, practice leaders, nurse educators, and other key constituents.  

“The rapid transition to the DNP is transforming how nurses are being prepared to serve in advanced practice roles, as well as administration and leadership. The magnitude of this change has presented many challenges and has raised questions about the need to maintain academic rigor and clinical scholarship in DNP programs,” explained Frantz.

In October 2004, AACN member schools voted to endorse the Position Statement on the Practice Doctorate in Nursing, which called for moving the level of preparation for advanced nursing practice from the master’s to the doctoral degree by the target date of 2015. In the eight years since this position was taken, nursing schools have made great strides toward realizing this vision with 184 DNP programs now enrolling students in 42 states. In addition to the programs currently available, another 101 programs are in planning stages. Last year, enrollment in these programs grew by 28.9 percent, with 9,094 students now enrolled in DNP programs.

“AACN welcomes the opportunity to bring stakeholders together to address emerging issues and build consensus around the future of DNP education and practice,” said Jane Kirschling, president, AACN.

More information about the national DNP summit and AACN’s work to facilitate the advancement of this degree is available at

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Apr 3rd, 2013