FLORENCE, SC (WMBF) – Governor Henry McMaster has signed a law allowing Francis Marion University to offer its first doctoral program: a Doctorate in Nursing Practice.
Once the degree receives final approval from the South Carolina Commission on Higher Education, university officials expect to begin enrolling the first doctoral students in 2018, according to a news release from the college.
"This is natural progression, both for the university and our growing programs in the health sciences," says FMU President Dr. Fred Carter. "But it's a significant event for the entire FMU community all the same. The addition of a doctoral program represents a substantial step forward in the development of this university.
Dr. Carter called the program a "true milestone" for the university.
"We're ready for this," says Carter. "I have every confidence that our nursing faculty will deliver a high-caliber program that will meet the needs for highly educated nurse practitioners across this state."
FMU began offering Masters degrees for Nurse Practitioners and Nurse Educators in 2012, and has seen steady growth in these programs, the release states. The programs are housed in the new Carter Center for Health Sciences, which opened in downtown Florence last year.
FMU's nursing programs have grown by leaps and bounds in recent years. The university began offering Masters degrees for Nurse Practitioners and Nurse Educators in 2012, and has seen steady growth in those programs.
The university's graduate-level nursing programs are housed in the brand new Carter Center for Health Sciences, which opened in downtown Florence in 2016.