The Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education granted initial accreditation to the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galvestons School of Nursing DNP program after conducting a program review during the fourth quarter of 2013, according to a news release.
The program is designed to prepare nurse practitioners with clinical, leadership, inquiry and science skills necessary to transform healthcare and improve quality and access to care, especially for vulnerable populations, said Linda Rounds, RN, PhD, professor and the director of the DNP program.
Development of the DNP program began in 2008. The first DNP students entered in spring 2012 and are expected to graduate in spring 2014. The school accepted its third class of DNP students in August 2013 and is recruiting for its fall 2014 cohort.
We admit once per year and currently have 26 students [in the DNP program], Rounds said.
In a debriefing on the final day of the evaluation, the CCNE evaluators were complimentary of the program, stating all standards were met without any recommendations for improvement, according to the release. They also noted the program shines in its approach to clinical experiences.
Next steps in the accreditation process include submission of the CCNE team report to their Accreditation Review Committee in spring 2014, with the CCNE Board of Commissioners expected to make its final determination regarding the programs accreditation status in April.