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Doctor of Nursing Practice program accredited by CCNE for 10 years


The Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) recently granted accreditation to the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire for 10 years, extending its accreditation to Dec. 31, 2026.

The DNP program is the first doctoral program at UW-Eau Claire. The UW System Board of Regents voted in May 2009 to approve a doctor of nursing practice degree program at UW-Eau Claire, and the program's first students started classes in June 2010. The DNP program initially was accredited by CCNE through December 31, 2016, which reflects the five-year maximum time for new program accreditation. 

The CNNE accreditation team was at UW-Eau Claire March 7-9, 2016, for a regularly scheduled review of the DNP program. At the conclusion of the successful review, the accreditation team announced that there no concerns identified regarding the CCNE Standards. Dr. Shelley-Rae Pehler, Director of Evaluation and Dr. Mary Zwygart-Stauffacher, Graduate Program Director took the lead in preparing the College for the visit.  

Several faculty were instrumental in preparing the Self-Study Report. The self-study process is an opportunity for the graduate nursing program to engage in an in-depth evaluative process leading to continuous quality improvement and clearly articulates the program’s compliance with CCNE’s accreditation standards.

Self-Study Report co-authors include:

  • Dean Dr. Linda Young, PhD, RN, PhD, RN, CNE, CFLE
  • Graduate Programs Director, Professor Dr. Mary Zwygart-Stauffacher, PhD, RN, GNP/GCNS-BC, FAAN
  • Associate Dean, Professor Dr. Debra Jansen, PhD, RN
  • Department Chair, Assistant Dean-Marshfield Site, Professor Dr. Robin Beeman, PhD, RN
  • Director of Evaluation, Associate Professor Dr. Shelley-Rae Pehler, PhD, RN
  • Chair of Graduate Curriculum Committee, Assistant Professor, Dr. Rachel Merkel, DNP, RN, CNE
  • Assistant Professor, Dr. Jodi Arriola, DNP, RN

As required for all accredited programs, a Continuous Improvement Progress Report will be submitted by Dec. 1, 2021.

Photo: Several faculty members who co-authored the self-study are pictured above (r-l) Dr. Shelley-Rae Pehler, PhD, RN, Dr. Mary Zwygart-Stauffacher, PhD, RN, GNP/GCNS-BC, FAAN, Dr. Linda Young, PhD, RN, PhD, RN, CNE, CFLE, Dr. Robin Beeman, PhD, RN, Dr. Debra Jansen, PhD, RN


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