The University’s School of Nursing will soon offer a new postgraduate degree program for its students.
The school, which last year had to cut undergraduate enrollment because of budget cuts, will offer a doctor of nursing practice program.
The new program, which was approved Friday by the UNC-system Board of Governors, will eventually replace the master of science in nursing program that is currently offered.
Meagen Voss, associate director of communications for the School of Nursing, said the school is planning to start the program in fall 2013.
With the new program, UNC will become one of six state-supported institutions in North Carolina to offer the advanced level of training.
Funding for the new program will likely come from money currently used for the master’s program and tuition, said Kristen Swanson, dean of the School of Nursing.
“We’re starting extremely small,” she said. “We have yet to solidify funding for the entire program.”
Swanson said the program will accept students with bachelor’s degrees as well as students with master’s degrees.
Students currently in the master’s program will be able to apply to switch into the new program, she said.