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                  Christine Dardet, APR

          954- 753-5038,

FAU’s Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing Doctor of Nursing Practice Program Receives Accreditation

BOCA RATON, FL (May 13, 2010) – The Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing today announced that its doctor of nursing practice (DNP) program has received accreditation from the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), the national accreditation agency that ensures the quality and integrity of baccalaureate, graduate and residency programs in nursing. The program received the maximum accreditation of five years with no deficiencies. 

 “We are so pleased that our first DNP graduates will receive their diplomas in December 2010 from an accredited DNP program,” said Marlaine Smith, R.N., Ph.D., A.H.N.-B.C., F.A.A.N., associate dean for academic programs. “The College of Nursing’s entire extended team – community partners, preceptors, faculty and students – were integral in the development and execution of our DNP program.  This is the best result we could have hoped for.”

The College of Nursing launched the DNP program in fall 2008.  Like many DNP programs around the country, the FAU DNP program prepares advanced practice nurses and nurse administrators with a doctoral degree that focuses on practice leadership. The program is designed for advanced practice nurses to acquire knowledge and experience in developing and evaluating innovative practice models and care for population groups in their own practice settings. 

Unique to the Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing, though, is the emphasis on caring for a culturally-diverse population across the lifespan. During the last two semesters of their program study, DNP students implement a capstone project to address a community health need. Students partner with culturally-diverse groups to design systems of population-based health promotion. These systems can then be implemented to improve community health using multidisciplinary approaches that demonstrate cultural competence.

“Our DNP students immerse themselves into underserved communities to get a true understanding of what it is like to be poor and trying to ‘make it’ in South Florida. They are making a real difference in the health of our communities” said Ruth McCaffrey, associate professor and coordinator of the DNP program. “After spending time with these families, nurses quickly learn about the prejudices, and language and cultural barriers they face while attempting to stay healthy and gain access to health care.  We look forward to our DNP graduates meeting the needs of health care and people in our community in many years to come.”

The DNP program is offered in a very flexible format to accommodate full-time working nurses, and financial aid is available. For more information, contact Susan Folden, Ph.D., A.R.N.P.-B.C., associate professor and interim director of the DNP program, at 561-297-3766 or, or visit

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