Doctor of Nursing Practice Program

40-Credit DNP Program

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DNP Bridge

  • The 40-credit 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 a one-weekend session, totaling three-weekend sessions per course. Each weekend session is online (3 hours synchronous followed by 12 hours asynchronous). Students are required to be on campus, during the first-weekend session of the program (Immersion Weekend) and the last weekend session of the program (DNP Project presentations). A detailed schedule will be provided for the on-campus sessions. The didactic portion will be taught using both face-to-face and web-enhanced pedagogical approaches for student/faculty collaboration, faculty presentations, and clarification of theoretical content. 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 Spring and Fall.
  • 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.  
  • If you have any questions about the admission requirements and process, please reach to Admission at


DNP Essentials

The Essentials of Doctoral Education for Advanced Nursing Practice (2006)

These Essentials define the curricular elements that must be present in Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) programs. Required by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education for schools seeking accreditation for DNP programs, these Essentials outline the foundational competencies that are core to all advanced nursing practice roles, including the four nationally-recognized Advanced Practice Registered Nursing roles: nurse practitioners, clinical nurse specialists, nurse anesthetists, and nurse midwives.

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CCNE Accreditation Review and Request for Third-Party Comments

Mervyn M. Dymally School of Nursing is scheduled for an accreditation review on October 12th -14th 2022 by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). This will be an evaluation of the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program.

Interested parties may submit written comments concerning Mervyn M. Dymally School of Nursing’s qualifications for accreditation. Written third-party comments will be received by CCNE until 21 days before the accreditation visit. All comments must be received by CCNE no later than September 21, 2022.

All third-party comments submitted to the CCNE must be written in English, consistent with CCNE’s policy on Conduct of Business in English. Only author-identified (signed) comments will be accepted by CCNE. CCNE shares third-party comments with members of the evaluation team but does not share the comments with the program during the review process. During its review of the program, the evaluation team considers third-party comments, if any, which relate to accreditation standards.

All comments must be directed to:

Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
ATTN: Third-Party Comments
655 K Street NW
Suite 750
Washington, DC 20001

Or via email:



Juana Ferrerosa  Juana Ferrerosa, PhD, MSN, PHN, RN
 Director, Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Program



 Tavonia Ekwegh

 Tavonia Ekwegh, DNP, MPH, APRN, PHN
 Assistant Director, Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Program



 Adrienne Thompson, MS

 Adrienne Thompson, MS
 Program Coordinator DNP Program