Salve Regina gets $1M gift for nursing program

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NEWPORT, R.I. (AP) - Salve Regina University in Newport is starting a new graduate program in nursing with the help of a $1 million gift.

School officials announced Wednesday that the program will begin in the fall semester, funded by a $1 million donation from the Rodgers Family Foundation. The foundation was started by the late businessman and philanthropist Thomas Rodgers Jr., who was a longtime Salve Regina trustee and benefactor.

University officials say the new part-time program will offer nursing students and professionals with a bachelor of science degree a chance to earn a doctor of nursing practice. Students can earn their master’s degree in 33 months and complete the doctorate program in another 21 months.

School officials say the program’s graduates will be able to better navigate increasingly complex health care systems.

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