Edinboro University’s doctor of nursing program has gained prestigious national accreditation.
The five-year accreditation, the maximum duration for a first-time applicant, comes just seven months after EU graduated nine Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) students in May.
The Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), the nationally recognized accrediting agency of the U.S. Department of Education, conferred the 5-year accreditation to Edinboro University, which offers the program in conjunction with Clarion University.
“This comes after a huge amount of work from a number of talented, hard-working and dedicated faculty and staff,” said Thomas White, D.Ed., chairperson of EU’s Department of Nursing.
According to Assistant Professor Jill Rodgers, who coordinates Edinboro’s DNP program with professors Colleen Bessetti-Barrett, and Meg Larson, the accreditation arrived after months of legwork from the department to outline evidence-based strategies, department leadership, high-quality programs and faculty.
“Our job is to go through the DNP essentials from the American Association of Colleges of Nursing and develop courses and content to meet those essentials and standards,” Rodgers said.
Edinboro’s DNP program is the first doctoral-level program offered at the University. Offered entirely online, the program features students from across the U.S., including Pennsylvania, California and Texas.
With this accreditation, Edinboro’s Department of Nursing expects more incoming students to be eligible for national scholarships and employer-reimbursement funds.
“This degree program involves direct translational research,” said Larson, who earned her bachelor’s degree and master’s in nursing from Edinboro University. “It allows nursing leaders to use valuable research to make patients safer and improve healthcare quality.”
Edinboro University partners with Clarion University for the 27-credit DNP program. Courses can be taken part-time over five semesters in a fully online format. Students will be admitted in cohorts and begin courses in May each year.
The program is designed to be flexible, affordable and professionally rewarding. The online, part-time structure accommodates employment as an advanced practice nurse, professional nurse or nurse educator while pursuing the DNP.
To qualify for the DNP program, applicants can have a master's degree in any field but must have obtained a bachelor’s degree in nursing or health science from a nationally accredited program. This may be direct care such as nurse practitioners, nurse anesthetist, clinical specialist, nurse midwife or in-direct care such as nurse administrators, nursing informatics, or nurse educators.
At Edinboro University, students can earn a bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral-level degree at the same location from EU’s award-winning nursing faculty.
To learn more about Edinboro University’s Doctor of Nursing Practice program, visit http://www.edinboro.edu/dnp.
Photo caption: In May 2017, Edinboro University’s Doctor of Nursing Practice program graduated its first cohort of nine students, who earned their doctorate in cooperation with Clarion University.