American Sentinel University Receives Positive Reviews for DNP Programs from Nursing Accreditation Commission

– DNP Program Praised for Providing Excellent Support to Students by Student Success Team and Availability of Vast Online Resources

AURORA, Colo. – Nov. 15, 2013 – American Sentinel University recently hosted an on-site visit by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) and received positive reviews of its Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program with specialty tracks in executive leadership and educational leadership.

“American Sentinel University’s DNP program met or exceeded the commission’s expectations in all six standards related to excellence in the areas of mission and administrative capacity, faculty and staff, students, curriculum, resources and outcomes required to advance to the next level of review to receive national accreditation,” says Mary Adams, president at American Sentinel University.

The site review team noted two particular areas of excellence.

“The accreditors noted the strong support of this program from the administration,” says Judy Burckhardt, Ph.D., MAEd, MSN, RN, dean, nursing programs at American Sentinel University. “They further noted the excellent support provided to students by the student success team and availability of a multitude of online resources.”

Accreditation by the ACEN is a voluntary, self-regulatory process by which non-governmental associations recognize educational institutions or programs that have been found to meet or exceed standards and criteria for educational quality. Accreditation also assists in the further improvement of the institutions or programs as related to resources invested, processes followed and results achieved.

Rick Oliver, CEO at American Sentinel University, expressed his extreme gratitude to the entire nursing administration, faculty and supporting personnel, led by Dr. Burckhardt for their dedication to the students and to developing an outstanding nursing program.

“The credit for the positive results from this accreditation visit goes to the wonderful nursing faculty and staff who worked so hard to accomplish this goal. This accreditation is very important to American Sentinel’s DNP students,” adds Dr. Oliver.

There are two more steps before final accreditation is given to American Sentinel’s DNP program.

“Two additional ACEN committees will evaluate and review the site review team’s conclusions as well as American Sentinel’s application materials before final accreditation status is determined in the spring,” says Adams.

The ACEN has the sole authority to determine the accreditation status of applicant programs. A positive outcome for American Sentinel means DNP students who are enrolled during the fall cycle in which this visit took place will have graduated from an ACEN accredited DNP program.

ACEN contact information: Dr. Sharon Tanner, Chief Executive Officer, Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, 3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850, Atlanta, GA, 30326.

American Sentinel’s Bachelor of Science Nursing and Master of Science Nursing programs are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).

The next cohort for the Nursing Practice (DNP) program with specialty tracks in executive leadership and educational leadership programs begins spring 2014 and registration is currently open through December 23, 2013. For more information or to learn more about American Sentinel’s DNP program and the nursing degree programs.

About American Sentinel University

American Sentinel University delivers the competitive advantages of accredited online nursing degree programs in nursing, informatics, MBA Health Care, DNP Executive Leadership and DNP Educational Leadership. Its affordable, flexible bachelor’s and master’s nursing degree programs are accredited by the Commission for the Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). The university is accredited by the Distance Education and Training Council (DETC). The Accrediting Commission of DETC is listed by the U.S. Department of Education as a nationally recognized accrediting agency and is a recognized member of the Council for Higher Education Accreditation.