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New Programs Expand Learning Opportunities

Monday, June 01, 2009
This fall, Marymount University will offer a number of exciting new academic programs.

The Doctor of Nursing Practice

The School of Health Professions will begin offering Marymount’s second doctoral program, the Doctor of Nursing Practice (D.N.P.), a clinical doctorate for advanced-practice nurses. The D.N.P. is the highest credential in nursing practice.

Dr. Theresa Cappello, dean of the School of Health Professions, explains, “Advanced-practice nurses provide primary-care services in a variety of clinical settings. With the health care field steadily becoming more complex and specialized, these nursing experts will increasingly be called upon to provide clinical leadership and help craft the health care system of the future.”

Dr. Cappello adds, “The value of this degree is underscored by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN), which recommends that by 2015 all advanced-practice nurses be prepared at the doctoral level.”

While there are online D.N.P. programs in the Washington, DC, area, Marymount’s program will be offered on campus in a part-time format convenient for working nurses. It will give students the advantage of full access to the University’s expert faculty and prestigious clinical connections. Dr. Cappello notes, “Our comprehensive D.N.P. curriculum will be grounded in evidence-based practice. The program will provide instruction in health care policy, economics, and leadership, and will culminate with a doctoral project and a clinical residency.”

She notes, “We believe that this new program will prepare Marymount graduates to influence health care policy and act as change agents and professional leaders within the nursing field.”

Dual Graduate Degrees

In response to the rapidly changing and increasingly competitive nature of the business world, Marymount’s School of Business Administration will begin offering dual-degree graduate programs that combine the Master of Business Administration with a second degree in a specialized field: Health Care Management, Human Resource Management, or Information Technology. A Health Care Management/Information Technology dual degree will also be launched.

James Ryerson, dean of the School of Business Administration, explains, “These dual degrees will enable students to combine the breadth of business knowledge offered by the M.B.A. with a great deal of depth in a specific field – Human Resource Management, Health Care Management, or Information Technology. Rather than having to choose between breadth and depth, they can have both.”

The dual degrees can be completed in far fewer credit hours than would be required if each degree were pursued separately. Mr. Ryerson notes, “In today’s competitive job market, having two advanced degrees that are directly related to your professional goals is a distinct advantage.”

New Undergraduate Offerings

Marymount will add a specialty in Sport Management under the Bachelor of Business Administration (B.B.A.), in response to strong interest expressed by students and alumni. Dr. Catherine England, associate dean of the School of Business Administration, says, “Many people don’t realize that there are more jobs on the business side of sports than on the court or the field! It’s important for students to recognize that sporting events are a part of the entertainment industry, and bringing that entertainment to the public is a business.”

Dr. England points out that “sport management is a niche of the business world that requires specific knowledge. Specialized courses in our program will include Business and Economics in Sports, Sports Law, Sports Marketing, and International Management.” She also notes that a number of MU alumni are already employed in the field, and these connections will enrich the new program. For example, one alumna who works for the Washington Redskins is making internships available for MU students in the team’s business office this summer and fall.

The University is also adding a B.A. in Paralegal Studies, which will prepare students for entry-level positions in law offices, as well as for advanced study. Graduates of the program may choose to attend law school or pursue a master’s degree in Legal Administration, which Marymount offers.

In addition, the University’s Reston Center will begin offering the B.A. in Interior Design in a format tailored for individuals who already have an associate degree in the field and want to complete their bachelor’s degree. An articulation agreement between Marymount and Northern Virginia Community College (NOVA) enables NOVA students with an associate degree in Interior Design to transfer up to 64 credits to the University. They will then complete their junior- and senior-year Interior Design courses at Marymount’s Reston Center, which is being equipped this summer with a new interior design studio classroom. This program will be offered on a part-time basis with classes in the late afternoon and evenings, to fit the schedules of working adults.