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.

Juana Ferrerosa, PhD, MSN, PHN, RN
Director, DNP Program and
Assistant Professor