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Gannon’s Doctor of Nursing Practice Program Receives Accreditation

Megan Shumway, Ilya Kharkovskiy and Megan Ehanika, nursing students photographed during Nurses Week 2019.

Megan Shumway, Ilya Kharkovskiy and Megan Ehanika, nursing students photographed during Nurses Week 2019.

Gannon University’s Doctor of Nursing Practice program has received accreditation status by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education. The program has received maximum initial accreditation for the period of five years, extending to June 30, 2025. 

This achievement marks a significant milestone within Gannon’s Villa Maria School of Nursing. All academic programs within the school have achieved full accreditation by the CCNE. 

The event also marks the fourth program in the Morosky College of Health Professions and Sciences to have received initial accreditation during the 2019-20 academic year. These include the Doctor of Physical Therapy, Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology and the undergraduate and graduate applied exercise science programs. 

CCNE ensures the quality and integrity of baccalaureate, graduate and residency programs in nursing. The Commission serves the public interest by assessing and identifying programs that engage in effective educational practices. CCNE accreditation supports and encourages continuing self-assessment by nursing programs and supports continuing growth and improvement of collegiate professional education and nurse residency programs. 

Dawn Joy, Ph.D., associate dean of the Villa Maria School of Nursing, emphasized the school’s long-standing dedication to providing quality nursing education. 

“Since 1952, the Villa Maria School of Nursing has been committed to providing professional nursing education that positively impacts students and the community. The VMSON promotes and advances nursing education as a leader in the field by following the Gannon University mission by offering a comprehensive values-centered learning experience emphasizing faith, leadership, inclusiveness and social responsibility,” Joy said. 

“In keeping with this tradition, and in response to the landmark article from the Institute of Medicine (2010) The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health, the VMSON embarked on meeting a critical nursing need through the development and actualization of the Doctor of Nursing Practice degree option for students, which prepares students at the graduate level to assume roles in advanced practice, leadership, teaching and research,” Joy added. 

Sarah Ewing, Ph.D., dean of the Morosky College of Health Professions and Sciences, expressed her sentiment on the news. 

“The Morosky College of Health Professions and Sciences is committed to delivering exceptional academic programs. Receiving program accreditation affirms that commitment to the community. The faculty and staff worked diligently to prepare for and achieve success through this rigorous, time-intensive, and critically important process. I am deeply appreciative for their teamwork, effort and hard work. As a result, Gannon continues to expand their role as a leader in delivering health care education across both campuses located in Erie, Pa. and Ruskin, Fla.,” Ewing said. 

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