Marymount University’s Doctor of Nursing Practice
program (D.N.P.), which was launched in 2009 and graduated its first class in 2011, has received full accreditation from the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). Officially recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education as a national accreditation agency, CCNE is an autonomous organization dedicated exclusively to the accreditation of bachelor's and graduate-degree nursing education programs.
Dr. Theresa Cappello, dean of Marymount’s Malek School of Health Professions, notes that with this latest recognition, all of the University’s Nursing programs are now accredited by CCNE. Dr. Cappello explains, "We are delighted to have received this peer-reviewed accreditation. Marymount's Nursing programs have a long and well-established tradition of quality and integrity, and this is an official recognition of the high level of our educational instruction."
Marymount’s Doctor of Nursing Practice degree is a clinical doctorate for advanced-practice nurses. The D.N.P. is the highest credential in nursing practice, and graduates of the program are prepared to provide the most advanced level of nursing care. Dr. Cappello adds, "Advanced-practice nurses provide primary care services in a variety of clinical settings. With the health care field becoming ever more complex and specialized, these nursing experts will be increasingly called upon to provide clinical leadership and to help craft the health care system of the future."
The comprehensive D.N.P. curriculum is grounded in evidence-based practice; provides instruction in health care policy, economics, and leadership; and requires a doctoral project and a clinical residency. Graduates of Marymount’s program are prepared to influence health care policy and to act as change agents and professional leaders within their organizations and in the nursing field.