Doctor of Nursing Practice

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  • The 40-credit DNP program, which is completed through precepted clinical settings, provides a flexible, executive-education format in which the theoretical content of each course is taught in one-weekend session, every other month, totaling three-weekend sessions per course. One weekend session is onsite, and two-weekend sessions are online. The didactic portion will be taught using face-to-face and web-enhanced pedagogical approaches for study with faculty. All clinical courses are offered as immersion practicum experiences, conducted in faculty-approved, in-person, precepted clinical settings. Students are admitted to this program as a cohort in the Fall semester.
  • The CCNE visitation for accreditation is being planned for the earliest time allowed, initial CCNE program accreditations are for 5 years. MMDSON for the Master's ELM and Nurse Practitioner Program has CCNE Accreditation for ten years from 2017 to 2027. The DNP Program is an add-on Program for Advanced Practice Nurses (both Nurse Practitioners and Clinical Nurse Specialists). The CCNE request for accreditation will occur in the 4th semester, one year after the DNP Program begins.  
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  • Pending WASC Senior College and University Commission Approval
  • Charles R. Drew University is in the process of securing approval for a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree program. The program is applying for approval by the WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC), with a final decision expected mid-2021. The program anticipates matriculating its inaugural class in August 2021, pending WSCUC approval.

Diane Breckenridge, PhD, MSN, RN, ANEF
Director, DNP Program, and Professor
Special Assistant to Provost (Former Dean MMDSON)
Juana Ferrerosa, PhD, MSN, PHN, RN
Assistant Director, DNP Program and
Assistant Professor