Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Program Earns National Accreditation

by University Relations

The Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) granted accreditation to APU’s Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) in August 2014. The program, which launched in fall 2012, prepares nurses with advanced practice, equipping them for leadership roles in advancing population health, health care systems, health policy formation, and the implementation of clinical research.

“Today’s complex health care environment requires preparation for nurse practice leaders who can provide evidence-based practice, quality improvement, and systems leadership,” said Aja Tulleners Lesh, Ph.D., RN, dean of the School of Nursing.

The shortage of nurses due to upcoming retirement, an aging population requiring complex care, and a scarcity of nursing faculty that restricts program enrollments highlight the insufficient number of doctoral-level nurses nationwide and contribute to DNP program growth across the country. “APU’s DNP program equips nurses to meet their field’s changing demands and ensure quality patient outcomes through advanced nurse education centered on a Christian worldview. As employers recognize the unique advanced practice contributions these expert nurses make, the demand for DNPs will continue to grow,” said Lesh.

Originally published in the Fall '14 issue of APU Life. Download the PDF or view all issues.