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University begins process to offer two new degree programs

Degree proposals now go to Coordinating Board for Higher Education for approval
Friday, December 13, 2013

Missouri State University today (Dec. 13) took the first step toward offering a Doctor of Nursing Anesthesia Practice (DNAP) and a Master of Fine Arts (MFA) in Visual Studies. The Board of Governors approved the creation of the new degrees.

Missouri State proposes to add DNAP and the MFA in Visual Studies. The programs would be implemented beginning in the fall of 2014. The proposals will now be forwarded to the Coordinating Board for Higher Education (CBHE) for review and approval.

Doctorate of Nursing Practice will become terminal degree for nursing

DNPMissouri State has offered a Master of Science in Nurse Anesthesia specialization degree since 1996. Initially offered in collaboration with St. John’s Hospital, now Mercy Hospital, the degree is now offered entirely through Missouri State University and is accredited by the Council on Accreditation (COA) for Nurse Anesthesia.

In 2006, the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) recommended that all advanced practice nurses, including nurse anesthetists, must be graduates of doctoral level programs beginning in 2015. The Doctorate of Nursing Practice (DNP) will become the terminal degree for nursing.

In 2007, the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists (AANA) announced its support for an advanced clinical degree as entry level for all nurse anesthetists with a target date for complete implementation of 2025. The DNAP degree will replace the current advanced practice MSNA degree.

Drawing-Still-lifeMaster of Fine Arts is terminal degree for visual artists

Visiting artists and lecturers, program review consultants and other professionals have recommended that Missouri State University add an MFA degree given the scale, quality and interdisciplinary promise which characterizes the department of art and design. The department’s recent move to Brick City lends further credence to the case for a graduate program that can take advantage of the unique facilities as well as potential for symbiotic relationships with the surrounding community.

The Master of Fine Arts in Visual Studies is a terminal degree that will require 60 credit hours.  It is designed to encourage the students’ original studio research as they develop their own pathway using all the tools needed to find a personal voice and later a successful career.

“Missouri State University is continually evaluating its degree programs to remain compliant with accrediting organizations and competitive with market demands,” said Dr. Frank Einhellig, Missouri State provost. “We’re excited to begin offering both of these new degrees.”


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The College of Arts and Letters supports more than 45 undergraduate and 10 graduate programs. The college incorporates seven academic departments, including art and design; communication; English; media, journalism and film; modern and classical languages; music; and theatre and dance, and five interdisciplinary programs: antiquities; electronic arts; global studies; linguistics; and musical theatre. The College of Arts and Letters promotes learning, scholarship and service to the broader community in all aspects of human communication — spoken, written, visual, musical, dramatic and electronic.
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