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CCNE's Evaluation of DNP Programs

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The University of Iowa College of Nursing is preparing for the 10-year re-accreditation of its DNP programs (including the post-graduate APRN certificate) by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).

Dr. Jill Scott-Cawiezell prepared and submitted a self-study report addressing CCNE's four standards for accreditation, which is now available on the Academic ICON site. The report focuses on various dimensions of the College of Nursing, ranging from academics and libraries to governance and finance. The format of the report is prescribed by the accreditors.

The next step of the process is a comprehensive evaluation visit, which will take place February 5-7, 2014, by a team organized under the auspices of the CCNE.

Lead by Dr. Margaret Heitkemper, professor and chair of the Department of Biobehavioral Nursing and Health Systems at the University of Washington, the CCNE evaluation team will visit campus to explore issues raised by the self-study and gain a direct understanding of the College of Nursing's organization, governance, and educational programs.

The team, which also includes Dr. Judith Berg from the University of Arizona-Tucson, and Dr. Deborah Rubinson from Cook Children's Medical Center-Fort Worth, will make a recommendation regarding the College of Nursing's accreditation status to the commission. Following a review process, the commission itself will then make a determination regarding accreditation.

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Posted On: 
Jan 21st, 2014