The new degree program being offered by the UNC School of Nursing this academic year should be applauded.
The Doctor of Nursing Practice program will provide nursing students with an additional opportunity to expand their knowledge of the profession.
The DNP is slated to become the highest form of education for a nurse. The continued education the students will receive will develop them as stronger leaders and team members that can impact any role they are placed in.
After the University was forced to cut nursing school enrollment by 25 percent in 2011, it was unclear in which direction the program would be heading.
The new degree shows a real commitment by the University to higher education nursing programs and the future of nursing in the state.