Ashland University's first student from the doctoral nursing program will graduate during spring commencement.
Teresa Schneider will be the first student to graduate with a doctorate in nursing practice from the Dwight Schar College of Nursing and Health Sciences. She has a background in emergency nursing, critical and is certified as a Family and Acute Care Nurse Practitioner.
Schneider currently serves as an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse at the University Hospital’s Samaritan Medical Center and the Knox Community Hospital.
The doctorate program from Ashland was initiated in 2014.
“The American Association of Colleges of Nursing initiated the directive to educate advanced practice nurses including nurse practitioners, nurse midwives, clinical nurse specialists and nurse anesthetists at the doctoral level, similar to physicians, pharmacists and physical therapists,” Latina Brooks, director of the Doctor of Nursing Practice Program, said. “This level of education for these providers is essential to advance health outcomes for communities and to promote health and wellness for populations.”
To qualify for this program, a bachelor’s degree in nursing and one year of clinical experience is required.
Schneider earned her bachelor’s degree from Ohio State University and her master’s degree from Wright State University.