Ashland University’s Doctor of Nursing Practice Program Receives National Accreditation

Ashland University’s Doctor of Nursing Practice Program Receives National Accreditation
Ashland University's Dwight Schar College of Nursing and Health Sciences

6/9/16 ASHLAND, Ohio – Ashland University’s Dwight Schar College of Nursing and Health Sciences has received the initial national accreditation from the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (  for its Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) programs.
Both the Master of Science to DNP Program and the Bachelor of Science to DNP Program received a five-year initial accreditation, the maximal length awarded to new programs.

“We are thrilled because the board determined that the programs met all accreditation standards with no compliance concerns,” said Dr. Faye Grund, dean of the Schar College of Nursing and Health Sciences.

“This accreditation speaks to our exemplary programs and the commitment we have from the University’s administration and the community. I am extremely proud of our faculty, staff and our students,” Grund said. “We are dedicated to ensuring high quality advanced practice nursing education, and the accreditation demonstrates that our DNP programs are meeting national standards and preparing our graduates to become competent primary care providers in today’s complex healthcare environment.”

In the letter to University officials stating the accreditation, Dr. Susan Ruppert, chair of the Board of Commissioners, noted that “the commissioners join me in expressing our very best wishes as you continue to promote excellence in nursing education.”

Dr. Latina Brooks, director of AU’s Doctor of Nursing Practice Program, noted that the accreditation is a non-governmental peer-review process that operates in agreement with nationally recognized standards established for the accreditation of nursing practice throughout the country.

“The commission’s standards for accreditation include reviews of the program’s mission and governance, institutional commitment and resources, curriculum and teaching-learning practices, and assessment and achievement of program outcomes,” Brooks said.

Each institution is required to submit a report to the commission, which addresses each standard. The process includes an on-site visit over multiple days that involves meetings with students and institutional and external constituents. The commission visitors observe classroom, laboratory and clinical experiences of students and review documents supporting the overall quality of the programs, including student evaluations of courses, clinicals and faculty, as well as student graduation, licensure and certification pass rates.

Ashland University, ranked in the top 200 colleges and universities in U.S. News and World Report’s National Universities category for 2016, is a mid-sized, private university conveniently located a short distance from Akron, Cleveland and Columbus, Ohio. Ashland University ( values the individual student and offers a unique educational experience that combines the challenge of strong, applied academic programs with a faculty and staff who build nurturing relationships with their students.                                                                                ###

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