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W. Cary Edwards School of Nursing and Health Professions' Doctor of Nursing Practice Program Earns CCNE Reaccreditation

W. Cary Edwards School of Nursing and Health Professions' Doctor of Nursing Practice Program Earns CCNE Reaccreditation

The W. Cary Edwards School of Nursing and Health Professions at TESU has received reaccreditation for its Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) in Systems-Level Leadership program from the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).

The outcome resulted from an extensive self-study and onsite evaluation conducted by the CCNE in November 2022. The program is reaccredited through fall 2032.

“Ongoing CCNE accreditation validates our school’s exceptional leadership team, mentors, comprehensive curriculum and positive learning outcomes,” said Dr. Ruth Wittmann-Price, dean of the School. “These strengths contribute to the success of our DNP program graduates who are optimally prepared to address complex healthcare challenges and drive positive change in their field.”

Officially recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education, the CCNE is an autonomous national accrediting agency contributing to the improvement of the public’s health. According to its website, the agency ensures the quality and integrity of baccalaureate, graduate and residency/fellowship programs in nursing.

“Successful accreditation is an effort that involves all members of our community, staff and students,” noted Dr. Lia van Rijswijk, chief Nursing administrator and associate dean of Undergraduate Programs at the school. “The positive result underscores our ongoing commitment to delivering an educational experience that prepares students for the dynamic environments in their field and the next level of their careers.”

The latest DNP reaccreditation rounds out existing CCNE accreditations of the school’s undergraduate- and master’s-level nursing programs. The University’s leadership team looks forward to its continuing role in the advancement of nurses in a field that urgently needs their expertise.

“This solidifies our commitment to providing excellence in nursing education across all of our program offerings,” noted Wittmann-Price. “Prospective students can also be confident in our ability to provide a transformative educational experience that fosters professional growth while accommodating their busy lives.”

For more information about the W. Cary Edwards School of Nursing and Health Professions’ DNP program, visit To learn more about TESU’s academic program accreditations, visit

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