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Nevada universities’ Doctor of Nursing Practice degree accredited
by Tribune Staff
Dec 17, 2012 | 2373 views | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend | print
RENO — In the fall of 2010, the University of Nevada, Las Vegas and the University of Nevada, Reno joined forces to begin offering a collaborative Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree to meet a growing need for nursing professionals equipped to assume leadership roles in the state. The innovative program has been extremely successful, and a few weeks ago, the universities were notified that it has been accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.

Although official notification of the accreditation was just received last month, the accreditation is effective retroactively to the first date the commission representatives visited the program in March this year.

The unique collaboration of the nursing schools at the state’s two universities is designed to serve as a model for other states. In July 2011, the Health Resources and Services Administration, an agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, awarded the program a three-year grant of $685,000, in part, to continue to strengthen the successful collaboration. The funds will also help the schools refine the curriculum, recruit and graduate culturally diverse and well-qualified applicants, and evaluate the program. 

For more information on Nevada’s Doctor of Nursing Practice degree, contact Sarah Keating at the University of Nevada, Reno, 682-7163 or sarahk@unr.edu; or, Tish Smyer at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, 702-895-5952 or Tish.Smyer@unlv.edu. 
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