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Friday, May 6, 2011 - 4:39pm
EL PASO – If you've been to a medical office in the area recently, you know that you can expect to wait a long time to see a doctor. But, UTEP is taking steps to change that.
Through its nursing school, UTEP is starting up a new doctoral program for nurse practitioners.
“It will allow advance practice nurses to come back to school and in two years [and] 45 credits, be able to obtain their doctorate degree in nursing practice,” said Dr. Leslie Robbins, who is director of the new program.
Dr. Robbins said UTEP will be admitting less than ten students into the program this fall.
“It looks like it'll be competitive, because we're accepting eight students. And, we've had a significantly larger number than that express an interest,” added Dr. Robbins.
So, what does this mean for you? Maybe now, you'll spend less time in the waiting room. Dr. Robbins said this doctoral program will attract more local talent in the medical field, to the borderland.
“It will increase the ability of the public to have access to practitioners with some greater skills than we are now able to provide,” said Dr. Robbins.
UTEP expects to have a website up for the new program, by the end of next week.