Appendix F: Distance Education Program Being Planned

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SUBMIT DATE:04/6/2014 
Constituent Institution:UNC at Wilmington 
CIP Discipline Specialty Title:Nursing 
CIP Discipline Specialty Number:51.3818 
Exact Title of the Proposed Program:Doctor of Nursing Practice 
Exact Degree Abbreviation:DNP 
Date of Initiation:08/1/2015 
Will this sequence of courses be completely individual access (e.g., Internet, videocassette)? NO 
If "yes," what will be the mode of delivery? 
If "no," list proposed sites.

Wilmington, NC

If short-based, length of time to complete the prog (e.g., 1 year, 18 mos.):2 years post-MSN 

SACS/COC substantive change questions (1=Procedure One; 2=Procedure Two)

Site-based (where the instructor is present):

Is the institution initiating instruction where the student may earn more than 25% and less than 50% of credits toward a degree at a site 30 miles or more from the campus? (2) NO 
Is the institution initiating an (additional) off-campus site at which students may earn at least 50% of an educational program? (1) NO 
Is the institution adding significantly different degree programs at a currently approved site? (2) NO 
Distance learning (where instructor and student are geographically separated):
Is the institution offering its first credit courses via technology-based instruction by which students can obtain at least 25% of credits toward a degree program? (2) NO 
Is the institution expanding a previously reported program from less than 50% of credits to 50% or more of a degree program? (2) NO 
Is the institution adding a significantly different program from previously reported programs offered via technology-based instruction? (2) NO 
Does this action constitute a substantive change? If so, by what date should SACS be notified?  
1. Briefly describe the proposed program and intended audience.

The School of Nursing (SON) in the College of Health and Human Services (CHHS) at the University of North Carolina Wilmington proposes to establish a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) as a hybrid on-campus/on-line program. This DNP will prepare advanced practice nurses who will analyze systems of care and provide transformational leadership that will influence and impact patient safety and quality of care through evidence-based culturally competent care in rural and underserved areas of southeastern North Carolina.

2. Describe the proposed instructional delivery systems (e.g., on-site instruction by faculty, interactive video, Internet, etc.).

The instructional delivery system will include pedagogy that uses teaching/learning technology permitting face to face classroom delivery, synchronous on-line meetings, and asynchronous lessons and assignments regardless of teacher and student geographic location. There will be some required visits to campus that students and faculty deem appropriate as this is a practice discipline requiring some skill development that is not amenable to on-line education. The hybrid model is essential to the success of the program as much of the online (distance) education will allow a wider scope of faculty and students from all areas of the southeastern region to jointly participate. This model will be inclusive of many working professional nurses in Southeastern N.C. as it provides access to the professionally recommended DNP curriculum appropriate for entry into advanced nursing practice.

3. Describe need for the program (referencing results of surveys or special studies).

The need for this program is based on gaps in health care that will be served by graduates who are prepared at a more advanced level than Master's Degree to interpret and apply research findings and conduct program evaluation in a variety of practice settings. They will seek to determine and measure system and population outcomes, manage information and financial systems, and use appropriate technology to address the health care risks of the regional population. The demands of the nation's complex health care environment require an expert role such as the DNP to assure quality patient outcomes (AACN, 2012).

No other institutions (public or private) are offering a similar program in Wilmington or in Southeastern North Carolina. Other UNC institutions offering similar programs are East Carolina University, UNC-Chapel Hill, UNC Charlotte, UNC Greensboro, Western Carolina University, and Winston-Salem State University. Private institutions offering similar programs are Duke University and Gardner Webb University.

4. Projected total annual enrollment:
Year 1:10 
Year 2:20 
Year 3:30 
Year 4:40 
Year 5:50 
his intent to plan a new distance education degree program (or program site) has been reviewed and approved by the appropriate campus committees and authorities.
Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs
Contact Name:Ron Vetter 
Contact Title:Interim Associate Provost for Research and Dean of the Graduate School