Shepherd’s doctorate of nursing practice program earns accreditation

SHEPHERDSTOWN, W.Va. — Shepherd University’s Doctor of Nursing Practice program has been fully accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education for five years, according to a news release from the university.

Five years is the maximum amount of time for such accreditation.

A letter from the commission’s board to Sharon Mailey, chairwoman of the Department of Nursing Education, states that Shepherd met all four accreditation standards with no areas of concern or follow-up required. Those standards are:

  • Mission and governance;
  • Institutional commitment and resources;
  • Curriculum and teaching-learning practices, and;
  • Assessment and achievement of program outcomes.

Students earning the doctorate of nursing practice are required to serve 1,080 clinical hours, something Scott Beard, dean of graduate studies and associate provost, calls a hallmark of the program.

Mailey said having the full accreditation allows the program to increase recruitment and provide more learning opportunities. The accreditation will also allow the program to seek grants and scholarships to help sustain students’ education and recruit and retain top quality educators.

The program’s first class enrolled in 2015, and this fall will mark the first time all three years of the program will run concurrently. Beard estimates up to 45 students will be enrolled. The first class will graduate in August 2018. The accreditation is valid until June 20, 2022.