Loyola’s Advanced Practice Nursing Program Receives National Accreditation at Maximum Level

News Archive December 20, 2011

Loyola’s Advanced Practice Nursing Program Receives National Accreditation at Maximum Level

New DNP Degree Option Provides Quality Education for Nurses

MAYWOOD, Ill. -- The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program at Loyola University Chicago Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing (MNSON) has been granted accreditation for a five-year term, the maximum number of years possible, by the Commission of Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).

MNSON introduced the DNP program for advanced practice nursing students in the fall semester of 2009. The program was developed in response to the increasing need for nurses to further their education in order to meet the growing demands of the nursing profession.

“This accreditation is a testament to the high quality of the MNSON DNP program,” said Vicki Keough, PhD, RN-BC, ACNP, dean of MNSON.

The CCNE is recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education as a national accreditation agency for baccalaureate, graduate and residency programs in nursing. To be accredited by the CCNE, nursing programs must demonstrate quality nursing education along with integrity.

The American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) will require all new advanced practice nurse graduates (APNs) to graduate with a DNP degree after 2015. Current APNs will be grandfathered in and will not need a DNP to continue their practice. After 2015, the Master of Science in nursing (MSN), which has been the standard for approximately 50 years, will no longer be accepted for nurses applying for national certification as nurse practitioners, clinical nurse specialists, nurse anesthetists and nurse midwives.

“The MNSON has been a leader in Nursing Education for over 75 years, and continues to demonstrate leadership with new and innovative initiatives with the DNP program that meets the demands of the nursing profession, Keough said.

The Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing continues to be a leader in advanced nursing education across the nation. The first DNP student graduated in the summer of 2011, and several other DNP students are expected to graduate in 2012.

For more information, please visit http://www.luc.edu/nursing/index.shtm.

Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine is located in a state-of-the-art educational facility on the campus of Loyola University Medical Center, 2160 S. First Ave., Maywood. The school, which provides instruction to 520 medical students, has been in the vanguard of institutions that have created new, active learning curricula to help students meet the challenges of 21st century health care. An estimated 8,000 to 9,000 students compete each year for 130 openings in the Stritch medical school's first-year class. In addition to the more than 500 students, Loyola's medical educational programs provide instruction and training to an estimated 400 residents and 100 fellows.
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