Program Development and Accreditation
The University of Cincinnati Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Program was launched in 2010, with the first class of DNP students scheduled for graduation in Spring of 2012. The program has been approved by the Ohio Board of Regents. The American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) is the accrediting body for all levels of nursing education including baccalaureate, masters and most recently DNP Programs. The AACN issued a position statement on the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree in 2004. This degree does not replace the Master’s prepared nursing role, but instead enhances the role to include translational research, leadership and inclusion of evidence based practice. Practice focused programs, such as the DNP, prepares graduates for the highest level of nursing practice beyond the initial preparation in the discipline and are inclusive of the eight essential domains of nursing education.