Partnerships for Training Online Nursing Degree Program Boosts Level of Care in Rural North Carolina

Partnerships for Training: Regional Education Systems for Nurse Practitioners, Certified Nurse-Midwives, and Physician Assistants

From 1995 to 2000, Duke University-East Carolina University Partnerships for Training developed Web-based degree programs for nurse practitioner, certified nurse-midwife and physician assistant students in federally designated Medically Underserved Areas in North Carolina from 1995 to 2002.

The project was part of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) Partnerships for Training: Regional Education Systems for Nurse Practitioners, Certified Nurse-Midwives and Physician Assistants national program.

Key Results:

  • Sixty-five students—42 nurse practitioners, three certified nurse-midwives and 20 physician assistants—graduated from the programs.
  • Eighty-six percent of program graduates were practicing in Medically Underserved Areas; many students were employed by their program preceptors.