In response to demand and the increasingly complex health care landscape, Alverno College is launching a post-master’s Doctorate of Nursing Practice degree and the first doctorate offering at the college. The program is for nurses looking to increase their marketability and maximize their potential for career growth. Alverno’s JoAnn McGrath School of Nursing is fully accredited and widely recognized as one of Wisconsin’s top nursing programs.
“We are excited to offer a doctorate degree to our nursing students and to advanced practice nurses in the community who are looking to advance their careers and earning potential,” said Margaret Rauschenberger, MSN, RN, interim dean of the JoAnn McGrath School of Nursing at Alverno College. “I often hear employers say they can always spot the Alverno graduates, and now we can offer our exemplary education to those wishing to earn a terminal degree.”
The American Association of Colleges of Nursing reported substantial growth in DNP programs between 2006 and 2014. In that time, the number of programs increased from 20 to 264. From 2013 to 2014, the number of students enrolled in DNP programs jumped from 14,688 to 18,352. Advanced practice roles for nurses include clinical nurse specialists (CNS), nurse practitioners (NP), certified nurse midwives (CNM) and certified nurse anesthetists (CRNA). Nurses with a DNP will be able to assume leadership roles in complex clinical environments, lead the development of health care policy and serve as expert clinicians in health care.
Open to both women and men, Alverno’s DNP will launch in January and will offer two tracks, leadership and direct care. The leadership track requires 32 credits to complete, and the direct care track requires 30 credits to complete. Twelve courses will be offered in a flexible hybrid format that blends online and classroom education, and a cohort model will offer year-round courses in eight-week blocks. Students can choose to attend full or part time, and can complete the program in 18 months with full-time attendance.
Alverno College has educated nurses for more than 80 years and is home to one of the largest undergraduate schools in nursing in Wisconsin. Students interested in applying for or learning more about the Doctorate of Nursing Practice program can find more information at https://www.alverno.edu/admissions/dnp/ or call the admissions office at 414-382-6100.
Alverno College is ranked in the top four Midwest Regional Universities for its “strong commitment to teaching” in U.S. News & World Report’s 2017 America’s Best Colleges guidebook. In the seven-year history of this category, Alverno is the only Wisconsin college to receive this recognition in the Midwest Regional standings each year. College presidents, provosts and admissions deans were asked to “identify schools where the faculty have an unusually strong commitment to undergraduate teaching.” This marks the 16th consecutive year U.S. News & World Report has recognized Alverno in its annual rankings.
Alverno is also recognized once again on the list of “Most Innovative Schools” among Midwest Regional Universities. This category, which distinguishes schools for “making the most innovative improvements in terms of curriculum, faculty, students, campus life, technology or facilities,” was brand new last year, and this is the second time Alverno received this recognition.
“Alverno has been leading the way in curriculum development and using in-depth assessments for a long time now,” said Andrea Lee, IHM, president of Alverno College. “This recognition shines a light on our dedication to student success, and I am looking forward to seeing where we can take that success in the coming years.”
Alverno College was also recognized for “Ethnic Diversity.” Schools nominated in this category are recognized as colleges where students are most likely to encounter undergraduates from a different ethnic group than their own. The college also received high marks for “First Year Experience,” which distinguishes schools that bring small groups of students together with faculty and staff on a regular basis, whether it’s through first-year seminars or other academic programs.
With these rankings, Alverno College is in the company of such prestigious schools as Princeton University, the University of Notre Dame, Vanderbilt University, Stanford University, and Yale University.
Overall, Alverno College remained in tier one in the category of Master’s granting colleges and universities.
This is the 32nd edition of the U.S. News & World Report annual college rankings. The rankings are published in the September issue, in a separate college guidebook, and posted online at usnews.com. The rankings measure up to 15 academic performance indicators for each institution. Quantitative data that assess a college’s performance in areas such as graduation and retention rates, faculty resources, financial resources, student selectivity and alumni giving account for the college’s score. Then colleges and universities in each category are ranked against their peers based on their composite weighted scores.
The college application process can be a long and daunting task, but here at Alverno we’re making it as easy as possible to apply, be accepted, and get your financial aid package. To find out how, listen to this report from WUWM’s Rachel Morello.
When Professor Russell Brooker set out to teach a course this semester on terrorism and the presidential election, he had no idea just how relevant the class would become. Just a day after the terror attacks in Belgium, FOX 6 visited the class as they discussed events unfolding in Europe, as well as the responses from each of the presidential candidates.
When the College announced Dr. Andrea Lee, IHM would succeed Dr. Mary Meehan as Alverno’s eighth president, local media spread the news quickly. Here is some of the local coverage:
Milwaukee Business Journal: http://www.bizjournals.com/milwaukee/news/2016/02/23/alverno-college-selects-top-st-catherine.html
Minneapolis-St. Paul Business Journal: http://www.bizjournals.com/twincities/news/2016/02/23/alverno-college-hires-st-catherine-andrea-lee.html
Catholic Herald: http://chnonline.org/news/local-news/14592-alverno-selects-president