DNP Program Earns Accreditation

The Vanderbilt University School of Nursing’s Doctor of Nursing Practice program has been awarded initial accreditation from the American Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) for five years, through Spring 2018. This comes after a yearlong self-study and site visit process.

“This is tremendous news for the school, our faculty and most importantly, our students,” said Linda Norman, DSN, RN, dean of the Vanderbilt School of Nursing and Valere Potter Menefee Professor of Nursing. “This was a rigorous process, and we passed with flying colors thanks to the dedication of our faculty and staff who are continually looking for ways to deliver the best possible education to our students.”

In the review process, the ACEN pointed out several of VUSN’s strengths, including fiscal management to support new initiatives, faculty skill in integrating technology into teaching strategies that enrich the online learning experiences, and strong administrative and informatics technology support staff.

VUSN launched its DNP program in fall 2008. Since then, 144 students have graduated from this program.

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