Sacred Heart University's Doctor of Nursing Practice Program Earns Accreditation

News Story: June 28, 2018

DNP graduates

The Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) has granted accreditation to Sacred Heart University's Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program for 10 years.

The CCNE Board of Commissioners, which comprises chief nurse administrators, nursing faculty, professional and public consumers and practicing nurses, determined that the program met all four accreditation standards. In addition, the board confirmed there are no compliance concerns with respect to key elements. The accreditation standards are mission and governance, institutional commitment and resources, curriculum and teaching-learning practices and assessment and achievement of program outcomes.

According to the organization's website, CCNE accreditation aims to accomplish the following:

  • Hold nursing programs accountable to the community of interest and to one another by ensuring these programs have mission statements, goals and outcomes that are appropriate to prepare individuals to fulfill their expected roles
  • Evaluate a nursing program’s success in achieving its mission, goals and expected outcomes
  • Assess the extent to which a nursing program meets accreditation standards.
  • Inform the public of the purposes and values of accreditation and identify nursing programs that meet accreditation standards
  • Foster continuing improvement in nursing programs and, thereby, in professional practice

"Securing the 10-year accreditation is a prestigious accomplishment, as it acknowledges the faculty and the work they have done in creating the curriculum and the standards, as well as promoting the scholarship of the students,” said Mary Alice Donius, dean of the College of Nursing. “Our faculty is really the key to making it all happen.”  

The post-master’s DNP online program at Sacred Heart University offers a practice-focused doctoral education that enables students to build upon their masters-level education and develop the expertise required for the most advanced leadership, teaching, clinical and research roles in the nursing profession and health care delivery system. The post-baccalaureate DNP program offers the advanced specialty area of family nurse practitioner (FNP) through a blend of on-campus intensive days as well as online courses. Graduates of these programs are prepared to provide primary care for individuals and be leaders in the community and population health endeavors.

“The University’s mission statement embraces a vision for social justice and highlights its commitment to preparing students to make a difference in the global community,” said Donius. “Our DNP program is a great example of how the College of Nursing is living the mission of Sacred Heart University.”