Following a comprehensive review process, Chaminade University’s new Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program has received accreditation from the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC). The accreditation recognizes that Chaminade University has met high standards of academic quality and effectiveness.
“Receiving this accreditation from WSCUC is a huge step forward as we can begin admitting students to our new DNP program, which will educate family and psychiatric mental health nurse practitioners and nurse leaders,” said Dr. Lynn Babington, Chaminade University president. “Nurses play such a significant role in healthcare delivery, and during times like these, it’s so important to have nurses who are able to innovate and adapt. The DNP program seeks to provide further education for dedicated and passionate nurses to excel as leaders in healthcare.”
Through the Commission’s extensive review, Chaminade University has been shown to have met the four standards of WSCUC accreditation, which include: defining institutional purposes and ensuring educational objectives, achieving educational objectives through core functions, developing and applying resources and organizational structures to ensure quality and sustainability, and creating an organization committed to quality assurance, institutional learning and improvement.
Chaminade University’s DNP program is designed for the registered nurse or advanced practice nurse who aims to provide evidence-based care to culturally diverse populations while also developing a leadership role as an advocate for health and social justice. Through the use of an innovative, technology-enriched, educational approach, the curriculum prepares graduates to address profound healthcare needs of society.
“The DNP program takes a values-based approach to education and patient care, and will incorporate strong community partnerships, individualized mentoring and culturally-informed advanced practice,” said Dr. Rhoberta Haley, Dean, School of Nursing and Health Professions. “We are excited to launch this program, especially during a time when nurse leaders are so urgently needed.”
The WSCUC is an institutional accrediting agency that serves a diverse membership of public and private higher education institutions throughout California, Hawaii and the Pacific, as well as a few institutions outside the U.S. For more information about WSCUC accreditation, visit wscuc.org.
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About Chaminade University Chaminade University of Honolulu provides a collaborative and innovative learning environment that prepares graduate and undergraduate students for life, service and successful careers. Established in 1955, the university is guided by its Catholic, Marianist and liberal arts educational traditions, which include a commitment to serving the Native Hawaiian population. Chaminade offers an inclusive setting where students, faculty and staff collectively pursue a more just and peaceful society.