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Goldfarb School of Nursing: Developing Nurse Practice Scientists


Having received approval to offer the country’s first integrated dual degree DNP/PhD Program, Goldfarb School of Nursing at Barnes-Jewish College began a concurrent and totally integrated dual terminal nursing degree program last December combining a Doctor of Nursing Practice with a PhD emphasizing scholarly research says Nikki Llorin, team lead, marketing and communications at GSON.

The program was created to develop nurse practice scientists who are able to understand the issues within their specialty areas and have the knowledge and ideas that can be quickly put into practice.

“Typically a nurse goes on either track, but in this program you get both research and practice courses,” Llorin says. “Our goal is to produce graduates who can be flexible in these areas. That’s important because they say it takes 14 years of research study to implement practices. The end result of our program is a nursing professional who is prepared to be a practice scientist.”

Classes, all taught by doctorally prepared faculty, are online, and there also are annual five-day intensive sessions at GSON. Practices are individualized based on the student’s location and preference.

“It’s a very exciting program,” says Llorin, “because if they’re researchers and educators, they’re able to know what kind of programs they can develop to solve the problems they’ll encounter.”


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