CONHS Orientation Welcomes First Class of DNP Students to the Island University

Published: August 25, 2016

CONHS Orientation Welcomes First Class of DNP Students to the Island University

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – The College of Nursing and Health Sciences (CONHS) was pleased to welcome its newest graduate students during their graduate student orientation held on Aug. 20, which also included the first cohort of students entering the new Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program.

“The CONHS has been eagerly awaiting this day! We have worked very hard on this program and are excited to have such a strong group of students,” said Yolanda Keys, Graduate Department Chair and DNP Coordinator. “The potential for these nurses to improve the health of South Texas is what is driving all of us to have a strong DNP program.”

The new program focuses on helping DNP students take existing research and put it into practice. This effectively allows the Island University to aid in closing the almost ten-year gap it often takes for research to get from an academic journal to the patient care setting. Students at the orientation shared their excitement about being part of the first class for the new DNP program.

“It feels awesome to be a part of this program,” said Ashley Hughes. “As soon as I heard that Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi had been approved for the DNP program last year, I knew I had to sign up and be part of this first class.”

Amy Thornberry, another DNP student attending the orientation, felt similarly.

“I knew this new program was coming,” she said. “I knew they had been working on it for a couple years and I told myself ‘I’m going to be in the first class."

Throughout the orientation, students were introduced to the campus and many of its resources, such as Blackboard, the Mary and Jeff Bell Library and the CASA Writing Center. There were also presentations on graduate level writing, APA and distance learning strategies.

Students also had the opportunity to have lunch with the nursing faculty, allowing them to become more familiar with their future professors. Students also had the chance to meet each other face-to-face during the orientation. Such face-to-face meetings are especially meaningful because both the Master of Science in Nursing and DNP are degrees offered online.

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