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Duquesne School of Nursing at Leading Edge with Online Open House

Duquesne University's School of Nursing, which offers both Ph.D. and D.N.P. programs online, will host an hour long virtual open house on Thursday, Dec. 5, starting at 4 p.m.

Other Duquesne programs, particularly those offering online graduate programs, will soon stage online open houses, keeping Duquesne University at the leading edge of this trend, said Dr. Ruth Newberry, online campus director.

For nursing's virtual open house, attendees will find the difference between the two nursing doctorate degrees is available at the website, along with technical information that allows for smooth sign-on to the event.

"We recruit from all over the country, and typically, students would be in touch with only one faculty member," said Dean Mary Ellen Glasgow, explaining the impetus for organizing the event. "This is a very efficient and effective way for students to listen to all the key players in the process."

Nursing's virtual event will feature faculty presentations from:

  • Glasgow, dean and professor
  • Dr. Alison Colbert, assistant professor and chair of graduate programs
  • Dr. Rick Zoucha, professor and coordinator of the Ph.D. program
  • Dr. Bonnie Dean, assistant professor and coordinator of the DNP program
  • Dr. Betsy Guimond, clinical assistant professor
  • Susan Hardner, nursing recruiter.

With entire degrees as well as courses online, Newberry sees online open houses as becoming more prevalent. For instance, the School of Education's educational leadership doctorate will host an online open house Tuesday, Jan. 7, and others are being scheduled for the coming year. Like the nursing open house, these will be archived on the web for those who miss the live virtual event.

 "I see this as a new standard we would want to do with most online programs, particularly those at the graduate level," Newberry said. "We don't know how a prospective student will find us, and we have to have multiple points of entry for prospective students to learn about us. We have to be attuned to multiple ways to get the message out."

Duquesne University

Founded in 1878, Duquesne is consistently ranked among the nation's top Catholic research universities for its award-winning faculty and tradition of academic excellence. The University is nationally ranked by U.S. News and World Report and the Princeton Review for its rich academic programs in nine schools of study for nearly 10,000 graduate and undergraduate students, and by the Washington Monthly for service and contributing to students' social mobility. Duquesne is a member of the U.S. President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll with Distinction for its contributions to Pittsburgh and communities around the globe. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Princeton Review's Guide to Green Colleges acknowledge Duquesne's commitment to sustainability.