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NKU Doctor of Nursing Practice program earns ACEN accreditation

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Thursday – May 14, 2015

HIGHLAND HEIGHTS, Ky. – The Doctor of Nursing Practice program at Northern Kentucky University has been accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN), the NKU College of Health Professions has announced.

The ACEN supports the interests of nursing education, nursing practice, and the public by the functions of accreditation. Accreditation is a voluntary, self-regulatory process by which non-governmental associations recognize educational institutions or programs that have been found to meet or exceed standards and criteria for educational quality. Accreditation also assists in the further improvement of the institutions or programs as related to resources invested, processes followed, and results achieved.

The NKU DNP post-master’s program is an online, seven-semester and 35-credit hour sequential program leading to the Doctor in Nursing Practice degree. Courses and practicum/project work includes focus on leadership, evidence-based practice, and population health.

Students in the DNP program at NKU are typically seasoned professional nurses who have already completed graduate work at the master’s level. They are involved in all areas of the profession, including nurse practitioners, administrators, and educators in either academic or health care organizations. They bring a wealth of experience and expertise on which to build as they progress through the program.

The NKU DNP is based on the belief that all areas of the nursing profession can be well served by increasing the numbers of doctorally prepared professionals who have the knowledge, skills, and ability to best address health-related issues.

Small class sizes allow faculty and staff the ability to give the students the time and attention required at the doctoral level and we are very open to student feedback and make revisions in courses and the program overall when deemed appropriate while still maintaining the standards/rigor expected for a terminal degree.       

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