ETSU College of Nursing receives accreditation for DNP program

College of Nursing

JOHNSON CITY (July 16, 2013) – The East Tennessee State University College of Nursing has received initial accreditation for its Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program from the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).

The CCNE is recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education as a national accreditation agency that contributes to the improvement of the public's health by ensuring the quality and integrity of baccalaureate, graduate and residency programs in nursing education.

The Board of Commissioners of the CCNE granted accreditation to ETSU after a review by site visitors confirmed that the College of Nursing's DNP program and faculty met CCNE standards of quality and effectiveness. The commission is an autonomous agency, and its accreditation program is a voluntary, self-regulatory process.

A doctoral degree program that focuses on clinical practice, the DNP program at ETSU prepares advanced practice nurses and executive nurse leaders to assess and evaluate evidence from research and translate or use the findings to affect practice change to enhance and promote a high quality of patient care.

Concentrations within the DNP program include executive leadership, family nurse practitioner, adult and gerontological nurse practitioner, and psychiatric and mental health nurse practitioner. The university began the program in 2011, and the first graduates received their Doctor of Nursing Practice degrees at ETSU's 2013 spring commencement.

"Access to primary health care is more important than ever, and the DNP program is helping meet that public need as well as preparing nurses for careers in executive leadership," said Dr. Wendy Nehring, dean of the College of Nursing. "We're pleased that our DNP program received CCNE accreditation, as that speaks to the quality of our instruction and our faculty.

"The recognition of accreditation was a team effort, and I'd like to especially commend the leadership of Dr. Kathleen Rayman and Dr. Sheila Smith. Their leadership and the contributions of all faculty members in our graduate programs helped lead us through a successful process that was highlighted by thorough preparation and attention to detail."

Rayman is an associate professor and director of Graduate Programs for the college, and Smith is the associate dean of Academic Programs.

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