The university’s first doctoral students, 16 eager students in the Irene Ransom Bradley School of Nursing’s new Doctor of Nursing Practice Program, hit the books over the summer. Before they could get up to their ears in study, however, there was time for lunch and a brief celebration of this historic event.
“This really is a historic day,” said Mary Carol Pomatto, director of the School of Nursing. “It is the culmination of many years of planning and preparation and the beginning of a new chapter in Pittsburg State University’s already rich history of nursing education.”
Siblings Patricia Sullivan, a nurse practitioner in Pittsburg; and her brother, Shawn Raymond, a nurse practitioner in Eureka, Kan., are both in this first cohort.
“She kind of pushed me,” Raymond said of his sister. “She had been talking about it for a long time and finally, a few months ago, I decided to do it.”
Sullivan and Raymond both have multiple degrees from PSU.
For more on PSU’s Doctor of Nursing Practice program, visit the Irene Ransom Bradley School of Nursing website at and click on the Doctor of Nursing practice link.