Mississippi University for Women has enrolled the first students in its new doctorate of nursing practice program.

The program, launched in January, is the only doctorate program at MUW.

Students can choose between a one-year intensive or two-year part-time program. They must earn between 38 and 44 hours beyond those required for a master's degree, and they will be required to have a minimum of 1,000 clinical hours.

College of Nursing Dean Shelia Adams says intensive studies will be offered in advanced diagnostic methods, advanced radiology, pharmacology, medically-oriented anatomy, physiology, patient care delivery and improving patient outcomes. The program will conclude with a dissertation-type project.

MUW has offered a graduate nursing program since 1975. MUW also offers an associate's degree and bachelor's degree in nursing.