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December 14, 2013

GC doctorate students make history



The Georgia College DNP program is a 37-credit hour post-master’s program. It’s offered in an online, executive-style format designed for busy working professionals. The program can be completed in five semesters of full-time study.

“The purpose of the program is for graduates to make a difference in their practice areas. With a DNP degree, those students take what’s been done and figure out how to adapt it in their organization,” said Judy Malachowski, director of the School of Nursing. “For their translational project, these students do not generate original research. They take research that has already been done and translate their findings into their practice areas.”

The Georgia College DNP program was the third public university in Georgia to offer the program, following Georgia Regents University and Georgia Southern University, respectively.

“A nurse who has that desire to be a leader in changing health care is the person who really needs to be interested in this program. The leadership component is such a big part of it and as nurses, we tend to be doers and not leaders sometimes. We want to help find ways to help nurses gain that skill in being that leader to make change,” said Dr. Deborah MacMillan, assistant director of graduate programs in the School of Nursing. “These students are so patient and did such a great job. They have been trailblazers in helping get us where we want to be.”

Next year’s DNP cohort anticipates graduating nine students.

“The program is challenging program and all of us in the inaugural cohort come from different backgrounds,” Boyer said. “It’s really tailored for us working professionals.”

Georgia College’s commencement ceremony will kick off with a processional at 12:45 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 14 in the Centennial Center followed by the ceremony at 1 p.m. The keynote speaker is William “Dink” H. NeSmith Jr., chairman of the University System of Georgia’s Board of Regents.

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