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The University of Hawaii at Hilo (UH Hilo) School of Nursing recently received permanent status by the Board of Regents for its Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program. The action has changed the DNP program’s designation from a provisional to an established program.

Dr. Alice Davis, director of the UH Hilo School of Nursing and Doctor of Nursing Practice program, tells, “The [Board of Regents’] decision validates the outstanding quality of the DNP, along with the efforts of our Nursing faculty and staff who have worked hard to develop and administer this important program. Our DNP graduates are going to be a tremendous part of the healthcare workforce in Hawaii, and can help address the nursing faculty shortage unfolding across the country.”

The DNP program began at UH Hilo in 2012 with a program objective to provide nurses with doctoral-level education focusing on primary care, cultural diversity, health disparities, health promotion, and disease prevention in rural communities. The program provides training to become a Family Nurse Practitioner and also includes a leadership track.

UH Hilo’s DNP program is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), with a five-year accreditation status awarded in 2014. To learn more about UH Hilo’s Doctor of Nursing Practice program, visit here.

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