Initial Accreditation Granted to Daemen Doctor of Nursing Practice Program

National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC) Grants Initial Accreditation to Daemen Doctor of Nursing Practice Program


Daemen is First Accredited DNP Program in the Western New York Area


April 4, 2012 



Contact:   Mike Andrei Director-College Relations

                (716) 839-8472



Progam: Mary Lou Rusin, Ed.D.
Information: Chair-Daemen Nursing Department
                (716) 839-8387 


           The National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC) has granted continued accreditation to the Daemen College Bachelors and Masters Nursing Programs and initial accreditation to the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Program. Daemen is the first accredited DNP program in the Western New York area (Erie, Niagara, Chautauqua, Orleans, Cattaraugus, Genesee, and Allegany counties).


           In an ever changing, complex healthcare arena, nursing is continually inspired to grow and move beyond its traditions. The Daemen College Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Program enables nursing professionals to better meet these professional challenges. The Daemen DNP Program is an advanced practice clinical doctorate, affords Advance Practice Nurses the opportunity to expand their knowledge base and skill set.


Note: Daemen will offer a Nursing Graduate Information Session at 6 p.m. on April 25, as well as a Nursing Open House at 7 p.m. on May 2.


           “This program is designed to help nurses meet the increasingly complex and challenging requirements of the health care field, and Daemen has gathered a distinguished  group of faculty to teach in it”  said Dr. Mary Lou Rusin, Professor and Chairperson of the Nursing Department.


           The Daemen faculty provide expert instruction in such academic areas as health care finance, organizational theory and health care management, leadership development, and research for evidence-based practice. Students complete a clinical internship, which emphasizes a systematic appraisal of a selected health care environment. This analysis creates the opportunity for students to launch innovative changes in practice settings focused on improving patient outcomes.


           For students entering at the post-Baccalaureate level, the program is 72 credits in length. Nurse Practitioners, or Clinical Nurse Specialists holding a Master’s Degree, will complete 36 credits in the DNP Program. To meet the needs of working nurses, classes will meet on five Thursday evenings each semester and be offered in a hybrid (class time and online) format.  


           For more information, contact the Daemen College Nursing Department (716) 839-8387, or e-mail,   To reach Daemen Admissions, call (800) 462-7652, or     




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