UH Hilo Doctor of Nursing Program receives reaccreditation through 2029

“This achievement brings our School of Nursing closer to realizing its mission of elevating healthcare throughout Hawai‘i and the world,” says Jim Beets, interim dean of the UH Hilo College of Natural and Health Sciences.

Cohort in lab coats stands for photo.
Members of the first cohort of doctor of nursing students at their commencement. Courtesy photo.

The Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education recently reaccredited the University of Hawai‘i at Hilo Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program through 2029, the maximum 10-year term following a rigorous process that included a self-study, site visit and a review of the DNP nursing curriculum. The UH Hilo DNP program currently has 28 students, and has graduated 39 students since 2015.

Joan Thompson Pagan
Joan Thompson Pagan

“The UH Hilo School of Nursing is dedicated to our community and committed to providing high-quality education to prepare advanced practice nurses equipped with the skills to ensure the delivery of safe, quality nursing care in Hawai‘i,” says Joan Thompson Pagan, director of the school. “We are very excited to share this news and look forward to continuing to help meet the health care needs of our community.”

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.

Jim Beets
Jim Beets

“This [reaccreditation] achievement brings our School of Nursing closer to realizing its mission of elevating healthcare throughout Hawai‘i and the world,” says Jim Beets, interim dean of the UH Hilo College of Natural and Health Sciences.

The Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education is officially recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education as a national accreditation agency, contributing to the improvement of the public’s health.