PhD in Nursing Science Program Starts New Approach for Reaching Prospective Applicants

For the first time, a VUSN academic program hosted webinars as a recruitment strategy. Two PhD Program Information webinars were held in fall 2012 reaching more than 95 potential applicants. Melanie Lutenbacher, PhD, associate professor of Nursing and chair of the PhD Admissions Subcommittee, facilitated the Webinars along with fourth-year PhD student Lee Ann Jarrett, RN, and Program Manager Irene McKirgan.

“We were delighted with both the number and the interaction of participants,” said Linda Norman, DSN, RN, FAAN and co-director of the PhD in Nursing Science Program. “The application process for a doctorate program is involved and time-consuming. Applicants have lots of questions and many are anxious about the process.”

Ann Minnick, PhD, RN, FAAN, and co-director of the PhD in Nursing Science Program added, “The more people we can reach to explain our program’s format, requirements and what to expect during the admissions process, the greater likelihood the application experience is positive for everyone.”

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