Ashland’s doctor of nursing degree receives initial accreditation

The Dwight Schar College of Nursing at Ashland University has received its initial accreditation. | File photo

The Dwight Schar College of Nursing and Health Sciences at Ashland University has been named the recipient of initial national accreditation from the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education for its Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) programs.

The five-year accreditation was applied to the DNP’s Master of Science and Science Programs. Five years is the maximum accreditation length that is awarded to new programs.

Susan Ruppert, chair of the Board of Commissioners, sent the letter to university officials, notifying them of the College of Nursing’s accreditation. In her letter, Ruppert noted that she and the commissioners express their best wishes to the university in its quest to promote excellence in nursing education.

Faye Grund, dean of the Schar College of Nursing and Health Sciences, expressed her excitement over the board finding that the DNP programs met the standards to receive accreditation. She went on to say that the accreditation validates the university’s exemplary programs and the commitment shown by the university’s administration.

The accreditation is a peer-review process that is given based on whether an institution meets nationally recognized standards.

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