University awarded $652,000 grant to assist DNP program students

Laima Karosas
Laima Karosas, clinical associate professor and director of the nurse practitioner and post MSN programs.

July 15, 2014 - The School of Nursing has been awarded a $652,000 grant that will be used to support underrepresented students in its doctor of nursing practice program.

The Health Resources and Services Administration awarded Quinnipiac an Advanced Education Nursing Traineeship Program grant, which was created to increase the number of advanced education nurses trained to practice as primary care providers and/or nursing faculty to address the nurse faculty shortage. The grant runs from July 1, 2014 through June 30, 2016.

"This is a tremendous opportunity for our students," said Laima Karosas, clinical associate professor and director of the nurse practitioner and post MSN programs at Quinnipiac. "This grant will be used for nurse practitioner education, especially nurse practitioners who want to work in primary care."

Karosas, the principal investigator on the grant, said the funding will be used to support underrepresented populations - Hispanics, veterans and males who demonstrate a need - in completing their DNP degrees. 

"Many of our students are adults with families," Karosas said. "They just can't quit their jobs to pursue their education."

More than 120 students are enrolled in Quinnipiac's doctor of nurse practice program, which has six tracks available, including post-bachelor's study in adult-gerontology nurse practitioner, family nurse practitioner, and nurse anesthesiology and post-master's study in care of populations, nurse anesthesiology and nursing leadership. The program runs three years for full-time students and four years for part-time students.

In addition to Karosas, Jean Lange, founding dean of the School of Nursing, Leslie Neal-Boylan, associate dean, Cynthia Barrere, professor of nursing and chair of faculty development; Lynn Price, professor of nursing, and Pamela Forte, a former member of the faculty, assisted with the grant application.