University of Florida May End Midwifery, 2 Other Nursing Programs

The University of Florida College of Nursing is not accepting admissions to three doctoral programs and may eliminate them.

The Gainesville Sun reports the school announced that it will not accept applications for the fall term in the nurse midwifery, adult-gerontology primary care nurse practitioner and neonatal nurse practitioner programs.

Nursing Dean Anna McDaniel says the college administration made the decision following a review of all eight doctoral tracks. The review reviewed declining enrollment numbers, program graduation rates, faculty resources, availability of clinical training sites and the college's overall funding constraints.

The midwifery and neonatal programs averaged eight new students annually over the past five years. The adult-gerontology program averaged 12 students, but had a higher attrition rate.

McDaniel says officials are considering the long-term viability of the programs.

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