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School of Nursing DNP program gains major accreditation

Loyola press release - June 11, 2012

The Loyola University New Orleans School of Nursing recently reached another milestone by gaining highly coveted accreditation from the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education for its Doctor of Nursing Practice program. A statement mandated by the U.S. Department of Education and released by the commission confirmed the accreditation.

“The DNP program at Loyola University New Orleans is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 530, Washington, D.C. 20036, 202-887-6791,” the commission said.

The accreditation lasts until 2017 and will encompass both the School of Nursing’s post-Master of Science in Nursing to Doctor of Nursing Practice program, as well as the newly created post-Bachelor of Science in Nursing to Doctor of Nursing Practice track.

“Our faculty and staff have worked very hard to put together a comprehensive and progressive curriculum that addresses the needs of a changing healthcare system,” said Ann H. Cary, Ph.D., director of the School of Nursing. “To be accredited by such a prestigious organization just two years after enrolling our first DNP class says volumes about the direction our program is headed.”

In order to gain accreditation, the School of Nursing had to demonstrate a commitment of institutional resources, proper mission governance, quality curriculum and teaching practices, and program effectiveness.

The commission’s board of directors awarded Loyola accreditation status retroactively to the date of the last site evaluation in November 2011, meaning that all Loyola DNP graduates are alumni of a CCNE accredited program. The School of Nursing is required to submit a Continuous Improvement Progress Report to the commission, offering any updates on their program, no later than Dec. 1, 2014.

About Loyola University New Orleans School of Nursing:

The Loyola University New Orleans School of Nursing offers online degrees for RN- B.S.N, R.N.-to-M.S.N., MSN in HCSM, and the Post B.S.-D.N.P. and Post Masters to D.N.P. Loyola’s nursing program is based on Jesuit values and educates professional nurses to lead change and translate science into practice in a dynamic global health care environment. Loyola’s School of Nursing is consistently ranked by both U.S. News and World Report and thebestcolleges.org as one of the premier nursing schools in the country. The online graduate nursing programs at Loyola—the Master of Science in Nursing and the Doctor of Nursing Practice—are ranked in the top five graduate nursing online programs in the U.S. by the U.S. News & World Report 2012 rankings. For more information about the nursing online programs, including application requirements, visit the Loyola School of Nursing website.