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Nebraska Methodist College in Omaha will enroll its first students this fall in its online doctor of nursing practice-public health policy track. Nurses with that training would be expected to work in communities to help improve public health programs, develop programs and coordinate patient care. “They will be prepared with the knowledge and real-world experience necessary to positively influence public health policy locally, regionally and nationally,” said Alice Kindschuh, director of doctoral studies at the college.

Applicants must have a master of science-nursing degree or master of public health degree.

The master of science in nursing to doctor of nursing practice path requires nurses to complete a minimum of 50 credit hours and 960 clinical practice hours.

A full-time student in the online doctor of nursing practice program can graduate in as little as 24 months.

The application process is now open. Classes will start in August. For information, application requirements and other information, go to

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