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SCHEV Considers Ground-Breaking Nursing Program

by Elizabeth Liverman | Dec 14, 2015
For Immediate Release: May 14, 2015

RICHMOND — Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) is requesting approval for a new Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program that emphasizes quality and safety in medical settings. VCU has designed ten new courses that integrate medical safety information, technology, and current nursing practices. If VCU receives program approval, it will be the first institution in the Commonwealth, and the country, to offer a DNP with a primary focus on medical safety. According to the VCU proposal, such expertise will help address industry needs for doctoral-level prepared advanced practice nurses. Council considers the program approval at its regular meeting on Tuesday, May 19, 2015. The meeting is scheduled from 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Crawley Forum at Hampden-Sydney College.

VCU’s proposed program is another example of meeting the changing needs of the Virginia workforce.  New programs in high-need and emerging areas of demand “will help ensure student success for work and life,” said SCHEV director Peter Blake.  Student success is one of the four goals of the statewide strategic plan for higher education, approved by SCHEV in October 2014.  Additional goals are affordable access for all, change and improvement through innovation and investment, and economic and cultural prosperity.

Council’s regular business meeting will be preceded on Monday, May 18, by its annual joint meeting with the Private College Advisory Board (PCAB). The PCAB meeting will be held from 3:00 - 5:00 p.m. in Crawley Forum. The role of private not-for-profit colleges and universities in the Strategic Plan will be discussed, along with the Tuition Assistance Grant (TAG) and other matters important to private colleges and universities.

The Academic Affairs Committee and TJ21 Committee will meet concurrently on Monday, May 18, at 1:30 p.m. on the Hampden-Sydney campus. A full schedule with all meeting locations can be requested by contacting SCHEV

SCHEV is the Commonwealth’s coordinating body for Virginia’s system of higher education. The agency provides policy guidance and budget recommendations to the Governor and General Assembly, and is a resource for information on Virginia colleges and universities on higher education issues.

For more information, contact Kirsten Nelson, Director of Government Relations and Communications, at or (804) 225-2627.

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