UH Hilo doctor of nursing practice program receives accreditation

The doctor of nursing practice program provides nurses a terminal doctoral degree education focusing on primary care, cultural diversity, health disparities, health promotion and disease prevention in rural communities.

The doctor of nursing practice program at the University of Hawai‘i at Hilo has received accreditation by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education. The School of Nursing received the full five-year accreditation status for the program, which started at UH Hilo in 2012 and currently has 28 students.

Don Straney
Don Straney

“The commission’s action validates the outstanding efforts of our nursing faculty and staff in the development and administration of this important program,” says Chancellor Don Straney.  “The doctor of nursing practice will play a crucial role in helping to meet the demand for nursing providers in this highly skilled area.”

The doctor of nursing practice or DNP is a terminal degree in nursing and provides training for those who want to become family nurse practitioners, a profession of primary care providers with global prescriptive authority.  The program also has a leadership track.  The program objective is to provide nurses with doctoral level education focusing on primary care, cultural diversity, health disparities, health promotion and disease prevention in rural communities.

Kay Daub
Kay Daub

“Accreditation is a recognition of academic excellence,” says Katharyn Daub, director of the School of Nursing.  “Our University of Hawai‘i at Hilo administration and leadership saw the vision and need for this program and through their support, our program is in place, strong, and now fully accredited. The doctor of nursing practice degree will help shape healthcare delivery in our community.”

For more information on the DNP program, call (808) 932-7067 or contact Alice Davis.