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ABNF J. 2005 Nov-Dec;16(6):112-7.

From idea to graduation: the evolution of the first PhD program in a HBCU.

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Hampton University School of Nursing, Virginia, USA.


Hampton University has the distinction of being the first Historically Black College or University (HBCU) to fully implement a PhD in Nursing program. This was history making for our campus as the charter was changed to accommodate doctoral education. The PhD in Physics was the first doctoral program on campus, and Nursing was one of three doctoral programs that followed. Hampton University enrolled its first class of four students in the PhD in Nursing program in the fall of 1999. The major goal of the Hampton University PhD program in Nursing is the preparation of nurse scholars and researchers who can advance scientific knowledge and influence the development of effective health care policies and practices. This journey describes steps Hampton University has taken in addressing the demand for doctorally prepared nurses, especially minority nurses. Training more minority nurses impacts all communities, especially medically undeserved communities and minority populations.

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