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Nursing, digital marketing, gerontology included


BOZEMAN – Montana State University is developing three new online programs covering nursing, digital marketing and gerontology, as well as seven individual courses. MSU faculty suggested the programs in response to a university-wide push to expand distance-learning offerings, according to Provost Martha Potvin.

Funding will support development of the new doctor of nursing practice degree approved by the Board of Regents last September. Students are being admitted and will begin coursework this fall. The goal of this practice-focused program is to educate practitioners who will provide expert primary care and lead the improvement and transformation of health care, particularly in Montana’s rural areas.

MSU is also offering a new online 15-credit certificate in digital marketing. Many Montana businesses have expanded sales and success through digital marketing, and this certificate will help businesspeople learn to use Internet markets to extend their reach to national or global markets.

Two of the five required courses have already been taught online and the full program is projected to be in place by spring 2014.

A new 18-credit undergraduate certificate in gerontology is being developed to meet the needs of both on-campus and distance students. This program will provide an opportunity for health and human development majors on campus, working health professionals and family caregivers to foster the knowledge and skills needed to meet the needs of an aging population. Coursework will cover physical activity, nutrition, caregiving, economics and other related areas.

This was the first time funding has been available to support development of individual online courses. Seven courses will be offered in engineering, education, Spanish, economics and math.

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