INDIANAPOLIS (UIndy) – The new dean of nursing at the United Methodist-related University of Indianapolis plans to build on a history of designing innovative programs in response to a shifting health care landscape.

Anne C. Thomas, Ph.D., joined the university full-time in 2008 as director of nursing graduate programs and recently has served as interim dean of the School of Nursing. She had been teaching in UIndy programs since 1996, even while working as a research director at the National Cancer Institute and the National Institute of Nursing Research in Bethesda, Md., and more recently as coordinator of the Adult Nurse Practitioner Program at the University of Michigan School of Nursing.

UIndy’s nursing programs, which celebrated their 50th anniversary in 2009, include on-site course offerings at area hospitals and a number of progressive Master of Science specialties, including Family Nurse Practitioner, Gerontological Nurse Practitioner, Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner, Nurse Educator, Nursing and Health Systems Leadership, an MSN/MBA dual degree program, and Indiana’s only master’s degree in Nurse-Midwifery.

In 2008, the School of Nursing launched the Accelerated Master’s Program, which combines nursing bachelor’s and master’s courses into a 27-month curriculum that prepares graduates for managerial roles in health care. In May 2011, UIndy will introduce a Doctorate of Nursing Practice degree.

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