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University of Mobile Board of Trustees Approve University’s First Doctoral Programs in Nursing Practice and Musical Arts

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MOBILE, Ala. – The University of Mobile Board of Trustees has approved the university’s first doctoral programs, the Doctor of Nursing Practice and the Doctor of Musical Arts in Vocal Performance.

Pending approval by SACSCOC regional accrediting organization, the programs are expected to begin fall semester 2018.

The board’s actions continue a significant expansion of the university’s academic program that began in April 2016 with the selection of Timothy L. Smith, PhD, PhD, as president. Since then, the Christian university has added nine new degree programs and anticipates adding 11 new degree programs in Fall 2018.

“We’re on the move to serve Christ in a very distinctive way that allows us to be very intentional, very focused, and very aggressive as a leader in Christian higher education. I’m excited about that opportunity,” Smith said.

Trustees approved the Doctor of Nursing Practice at their February 2018 meeting. The Doctor of Musical Arts in Vocal Performance was approved by the Board in September 2017. Both degrees have been submitted to the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges for review.

The Doctor of Nursing Practice is a terminal degree for advance practice nurses to strengthen their leadership and patient management roles as an advanced practitioner and/or executive leader within the healthcare industry. The development of these programs is led by Dr. Kathy Sheppard, dean of the School of Nursing, that resides in the College of Health Professions.

The Doctor of Musical Arts in Vocal Performance provides professional training for vocalists to focus on performance through courses in voice, pedagogy and performance styles. This degree combines advanced studies in an applied area of specialization with graduate-level academic studies in music theory, music history, vocal pedagogy and research. Graduate music programs are under the direction of Dr. Maryann Kyle, who joins the Alabama School of the Arts faculty in Fall 2018.

Among the academic programs added to the curriculum during the past year are four master’s degrees: Master of Science in Nursing – Family Nurse Practitioner, Master of Education in Higher Education Leadership and Policy, Master of Music in Performance – Piano, and Master of Music in Performance – Vocal.

A new Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing began in January. Other bachelor’s degrees have been implemented or are anticipated in areas including education, performing arts, design, communications, business and more.

For information about academic programs, contact the Office for Enrollment Services at 251.442.2222 or visit


About University of Mobile:
University of Mobile is a Christ-centered liberal arts and sciences institution with a vision of higher education for a higher purpose, founded to honor God by equipping students for their future professions through rigorous academic preparation and spiritual transformation. Core values are: Christ-Centered, Academically-Focused, Student-Devoted and Distinctively-Driven. The university offers on-campus and online bachelor’s and master’s degree programs in over 40 areas of study. Founded in 1961, University of Mobile is affiliated with the Alabama Baptist State Convention and is located 10 miles north of Mobile, Alabama on a campus of over 880 acres. For more information about University of Mobile, visit the website at or call Enrollment Services at 1.800.WIN.RAMS or 251.442.2222.

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Rivers Brunson

Rivers is an experienced writer and an alumna of University of Mobile. She graduated in 2015 and holds a Bachelor of Science in Communication. She returned to University of Mobile professionally as marketing communications specialist in 2017. She also hosts a podcast with Bellum Creative Group called Due South about Southern arts and culture. A Grove Hill, Alabama native, Rivers fell in love with the city of Mobile as an undergraduate student and now calls it home; however she takes frequent trips to see her family who are NAMB church planters in Livingston, Montana. She has a lovable golden retriever named Cooper.

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