UMass Amherst Doctoral Program in Nursing to be Featured at National Nursing Conference in Florida

AMHERST, Mass. - Sally Hardin, director of the doctoral program in the School of Nursing at the University of Massachusetts, will be one of three panelists presenting an overview of the UMass program at a national conference sponsored by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing in January.

The association’s tenth annual doctoral education conference will take place on Sanibel Island, Florida, Jan. 28-31, and will be attended by about 400 people, including deans, directors of doctoral programs, and nursing faculty from around the country. The title of this year’s conference, which will highlight alternatives to traditional models of doctoral education, is, "Emerging Nontraditional Formats for Doctoral Education: Where Does Nursing Go from Here?"

The UMass program was selected to be featured at the conference because of the success of its innovative collaborative structure, says Hardin.

Established in 1994, the doctoral program in nursing at UMass is a joint effort between the School of Nursing on the Amherst campus and UMass Worcester. Since the program began, five students have received their doctoral degrees. Five others are expected to have completed their degrees by January 1998.

The UMass program is the only public doctoral nursing program in Massachusetts.

Serving on the panel with Hardin will be Jim Fain, graduate program coordinator, UMass Worcester, and Elizabeth Lenz, associate dean for research and doctoral studies, Columbia University.