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Press Release: DeSales Introduces Premier Graduate Programs in Criminal Justice and Nursing
Date: 2/14/2005

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DeSales Introduces Premier Graduate Programs in Criminal Justice and Nursing

DeSales will offer two new graduate programs during the spring 2005 semester. They include a master of arts degree in Criminal Justice (MACJ), the first program of its kind in the area, and a new Nurse Educator M.S. N. program, which is being added to the graduate program curriculum in nursing.

The MACJ is designed to promote professionalism, teach cutting edge criminal justice theory and its application to the field of criminal justice, and foster ethical standards for criminal justice practitioners and academicians. Candidates for the program can be advanced criminal justice professionals, who are interested in achieving greater competency, skill level and advancement in their careers. They include officers, administrators and counselors in fields such as law enforcement, corrections, probation and security.

"We have a very diverse group of students enrolling in the program," said Albert Sproule, assistant professor of social sciences, who will serve as program director. "They come from various backgrounds, law enforcement and academia, to a reservist back from Afghanistan who wants to teach."

Sproule, a former FBI agent, has been a member of the DeSales faculty since 1995. In addition to Sproule, six other DeSales faculty members with distinguished backgrounds in fields such as law, ethics, forensic psychology, clinical psychology, terrorism, intelligence and security, will teach in the program.

For more information on the master of arts in Criminal Justice, contact Al Sproule, program director, at 610-282-1100, ext. 1463.

The M.S.N. Program at DeSales, also the only graduate program of its kind in the area, was established in 1984. Currently, DeSales offers three M.S.N. programs: the family nurse practitioner (FNP) program, the adult advanced practice nurse (AAPN/adult clinical nurse specialist) program and the nurse executive (dual MSN / MBA) program.

By adding the Nurse Educator program, DeSales addresses the nursing shortage, as well as nursing faculty shortage. The program will offer specialty courses that build upon principles of clinical practice, theory and research, and better prepare nursing students to teach, as well as practice, nursing. Upon its completion, students will be qualified to teach health information to patients and the population, and to supervise and teach educational offerings in health care agencies and nursing programs.

Dr. Carol G. Mest, associate professor of nursing, serves as director of the M.S.N. program at DeSales.

"Employers respect nursing students from DeSales because they know they come from a high-quality program," said Mest, a member of the DeSales faculty since 1994. "Nursing alumni hold positions of leadership in hospitals, health care agencies and academia. Educational institutions in the area rely on DeSales to supply them with nurse faculty."

For more information on the master of science in nursing, contact Dr. Carol Mest, program director, at 610-282-1100, ext. 1394.

Press Release: DeSales Introduces Premier Graduate Programs in Criminal Justice and Nursing | Posted on: 2/14/2005

For more info:
Tom McNamara, Executive D
irector of Communications
DeSales University | 2255 Station Avenue | Center Valley, PA 18034

610.282.1100 x1219 | Tom.McNamara@desales.edu

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