School of Nursing Receives CCNE Accreditation for its D.N.P. Program

November 01, 2010

The University of Rochester School of Nursing recently received five-year accreditation from the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) for its three-year-old Doctor of Nursing Practice (D.N.P.) program.

Five years is the maximum length of accreditation given by the CCNE for a first-time accreditation. The CCNE is the accreditation arm of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing and uses a voluntary, self-regulatory process to assess and identify programs that engage in effective educational practices.

The U of R School of Nursing’s rigorous D.N.P. program was established in September 2007 to provide the highest level of academic preparation and training for practicing nurses. Unlike the Ph.D., the D.N.P. program is not intended to prepare students to design and build programs of research. Rather, it prepares advanced nurse practitioners to lead the delivery and evaluation of evidence-based, patient-centered care.

For example, D.N.P. students learn how to synthesize research findings to develop and refine practice guidelines. They also learn how to integrate information technology into the management, application and evaluation of patient care. The D.N.P. is nursing’s equivalent to practice-focused degrees in other disciplines such as Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.), Doctor of Psychology (Psy.D.) and Doctor of Physical Therapy (D.P.T.).

“The School of Nursing is extremely pleased to have received the maximum number of years of accreditation from the CCNE, which recognizes the excellence of our programs and faculty,” said Dean Kathy P. Parker, Ph.D., R.N., F.A.AN. “We would like to thank the entire nursing community, including all of our hospital and public health agency colleagues, for their participation in the three day-long site visit conducted by the CCNE in March 2010. We were highly successful in our accreditation efforts because of the collaboration and support of our clinical nursing partners.”

For more information about CCNE accreditation, contact Daryl Sharp, Ph.D, N.P.P., director, D.N.P. Program at (585) 275-6465 or email daryl_sharp@urmc.rochester.edu.

About CCNE Accreditation: Officially recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education as a national accreditation agency, the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) is an autonomous accrediting agency, contributing to the improvement of the public's health. CCNE ensures the quality and integrity of baccalaureate, graduate, and residency programs in nursing. CCNE serves the public interest by assessing and identifying programs that engage in effective educational practices. As a voluntary, self-regulatory process, CCNE accreditation supports and encourages continuing self assessment by nursing programs and supports continuing growth and improvement of collegiate professional education and post-baccalaureate nurse residency programs.

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