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Pair of School of Nursing and Health Sciences Programs Receive 10 Year Accreditation

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Robert Morris University’s Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Program and Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) Psychiatric Mental Health Certificate Program have been accredited for 10 years by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).

The DNP Program was initially accredited by CCNE for five years in 2010. This is the first full 10-year accreditation for the doctoral program and the APRN Psychiatric Mental Health Certificate Program, an achievement that does not come automatically.  

“This is an incredible accomplishment for our School of Nursing and Health Sciences and their outstanding leadership has affirmed RMU’s place as a leading provider of health care education throughout the Pittsburgh region and beyond,” says RMU President Gregory Dell’Omo. “When RMU launched the DNP Program in 2008, it was the first such state Board of Nursing approved program in Pennsylvania, and it has been a crown jewel of the university ever since.”

The APRN Psychiatric Mental Health Certificate Program, supported by a $923,000 grant from the federal Health Resources and Services Administration, allows nurse practitioners to gain the education they need to provide desperately needed mental health services in what are often grossly underserved communities. Kirsytn Kameg is the coordinator of the Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Program, under which this certificate program falls, and she has quickly gained a reputation as one of the foremost advocates in the Pittsburgh region for quality mental health care services.

Its top-flight students from across the nation are dedicated to improving the lives of their patients and the health of their communities. The clinical research these advanced-practice nurses produce as doctoral students at RMU changes people’s lives in measurable ways. Currently 116 students are enrolled in the DNP Program.