The University of West Georgia is proud to announce that it has been granted approval by the University System of Georgia's Board of Regents to offer a doctoral program in nursing education.
The doctoral program, UWG's fourth, will enable students to earn a doctorate degree that will prepare them to train future nurses, helping address a critical shortage in the state, region and nation.
Last year, for example, nursing schools in Georgia turned away 2,000 qualified candidates, said Dr. Kathryn Grams, dean of UWG's School of Nursing. Restrictions on the number of students per faculty member prevent colleges from enrolling more students, Grams said.
The program will be entirely online, and is one of just four in the nation that combine the efforts of a nursing school and an education college. It is projected to be operational by the fall semester of 2012.
"It is a significant event in the history of the institution," said UWG President Beheruz N. Sethna. "Congratulations and thanks to Dean Kathryn Grams and the nursing faculty and to College of Education Dean Kim Metcalf and the education faculty who worked collaboratively on this program, and to Provost Michael Horvath and the administration and staff of the academic affairs department."