DNP Program Receives Full Accreditation

Murphy Deming’s Doctor of Nursing Practice programs received full accreditation.

Murphy Deming College of Health Sciences building

The doctor of nursing practice (DNP) programs at Mary Baldwin University’s Murphy Deming College of Health Sciences received full accreditation from the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). Their approval validates the quality and integrity of the DNP programs and comes after a rigorous examination process.

With this new announcement, the DNP joins the accredited RN-to-BSN and master of science in nursing programs at MBU.

For Dr. Janice Adams, interim associate dean and director of Murphy Deming’s nursing programs, this news could not come soon enough. 

“It was a long wait to hear back from the CCNE,” Adams explained. “They came in February and it took until November to get the letter. We were excited to finally get that piece of paper in our hand that says we’re accredited.”

With the positive news, MBU now joins Virginia Commonwealth University and the University of Virginia as one of only three institutions that offer a nurse anesthesiology DNP on the east coast. All of MBU’s DNP programs are now fully accredited by the CCNE.

Adams outlined the importance of this accreditation: “For students, it means peace of mind. With accreditation, they’re going to get the federal financial aid at the level they need and open new employment opportunities that they wouldn’t have had before.”

For students of the nursing programs, this development will have an immediate impact on their educational experience. Accreditation allows Mary Baldwin to partner with major local and national organizations such as the VA, Sentara Health, and Augusta Health.