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BRISTOL, Tenn., June 2, 2016 – King University received notification from the Commission
on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) that the University’s Doctor of Nursing Practice
(DNP) program has been granted accreditation status by the accrediting body.
The CCNE acted at its meeting on May 3-5, 2016, to grant accreditation to the DNP
program at King University for five years, extending to June 30, 2021. The accreditation
action is effective as of November 16, 2015, which was the first day of the program’s
recent CCNE on-site evaluation. The next on-site evaluation will take place in the
fall of 2020.
“The School of Nursing (SON) is elated to receive notification today of our DNP program’s
accreditation status,” says Dr. Cecelia Lynn Holden, dean and associate professor
King University School of Nursing. “Nursing has the great distinction of having developed
the first doctoral program at King University. To receive accreditation by the CCNE
is a tremendous honor. This achievement could not have been attained without the assistance
of many people at King, including Dr. Rhonda Morgan, associate dean of Graduate Studies
for King’s School of Nursing, who led the accreditation journey, the faculty, administration,
and many others who worked behind the scenes to assist us with this accomplishment.
This achievement demonstrates that King continues to design and offer quality nursing
In December 2013, after a rigorous examination process, Southern Association of Colleges
and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC), the regional body for the accreditation
of degree-granting higher education institutions in the Southern states, voted to
approve King’s application to operate as a Level V institution. King University was
initially granted approval by SACSCOC to implement the Doctor of Nursing Practice
program in August 2014.
King’s DNP program is a practice-focused platform, which contributes to the expansion
of knowledge underlying advanced professional nursing practice. This program places
emphasis on essential knowledge development in areas including translation of research
into practice, evaluation of interdisciplinary teamwork for performance excellence,
and dissemination of new knowledge for outcomes improvement. The program was designed
using the Essentials of Doctoral Education for Advanced Nursing Practice specified
by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing.
“The DNP program was designed by highly experienced nurse educators for nurses in
a variety of practice and leadership roles,” says Holden. “This program was developed
specifically for the full-time working professional. The curriculum is 36 semester
hours and was designed to be completed in two calendar years. The part-time, two classes
per semester program is ideal for the full-time professional nurse. We are extremely
proud of our DNP program and look forward to many years of educating nurses at an
advanced level to evaluate and translate research, thus improving health care outcomes
for varied populations served.”
King’s DNP program is offered in a hybrid learning format where the majority of the
courses are offered online with three required face-to-face colloquia at King’s Hardin
Valley campus in Knoxville, Tenn. The program consists of 36 semester hours, 1,000
documented post-baccalaureate clinical hours, a culminating translational research
project, and demonstration of identified final degree competencies. Some of the courses
include Applied Statistics for Evidence-based Practice, Nursing Informatics, Leadership
of Complex Systems and Organizations, and Ethical Issues in Advanced Nursing Practice.
Holden says, “DNP graduates are prepared at the highest level to assume leadership
and improvement roles in practice, executive function, and education as practitioners,
informaticists, administrators, faculty, case managers, quality and safety officers,
infection disease practitioners, policy specialists, and entrepreneurs within the
planning, delivery, and evaluation of healthcare outcomes.”
The Doctor of Nursing Practice degree at King University is open to qualified applicants
who hold a master’s degree in Nursing from an accredited school and a current unencumbered
license as a registered nurse, including practitioners, educators, nurse specialists,
generalists, and administrators.
Master’s-level nurses interested in the Doctor of Nursing Practice program at King
University are encouraged to attend an Open House held on the School’s main campus
in Bristol, Tenn., on Tuesday, June 28 from 4:30-6:30 p.m. in room 109 of Nicewonder
Hall. For more information email King’s Office of Admissions at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit. http://dnp.king.edu.
The baccalaureate degree in Nursing, master's degree in Nursing, and the Doctor of
Nursing Practice at King University are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate
Nursing Education, One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 530, Washington, DC 20036, 202.887.6791.
Visit the CCNE website at www.aacn.nche.edu/ccne-accreditation.
King University is a Presbyterian-affiliated, doctoral-level comprehensive university. Founded in
1867 as King College, the University offers more than 90 majors, minors, pre-professional
degrees and concentrations in fields such as business, nursing, law, medical and health
sciences, pharmacy, education, and humanities. Graduate programs are offered in business
administration, education, and nursing. A number of research, off-campus learning
opportunities, and travel destinations are also available. King University is a NCAA
Division II and a Conference Carolinas member with 25 varsity sports. For more information
about King University, visit www.king.edu. King University does not discriminate against academically qualified students of
any race, color, national or ethnic origin, sex, age, or disability. King University
is certified by SCHEV to operate locations in Virginia. For more information on SCHEV
certification, contact the King University office at Southwest Virginia Community
College, 309 College Road, Richlands, VA 24641.