Duquesne University School of Nursing was granted reaccreditation for nursing continuing professional development (NCPD) in late June from the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC). This reaccreditation has been approved through November 2026, and demonstrates our commitment to using evidence-based criteria when developing high-quality educational activities that promote the professional growth of nurses.

With this reaccreditation, the School of Nursing continues to be part of an influential global community of practice of accredited organizations. NCPD accreditation from ANCC elevates educational offerings that benefit our nurses, and the patients and communities we serve, by:

  • Promoting the highest professional standards to sustain effective strategies that improve professional nursing practice
  • Improving curricula for nurses to provide evidence-based education that strengthen professional development programs
  • Increasing credibility¬ to adhere to evidence-based, global standards that deliver quality professional education
  • Expanding visibility to be included among other accredited organizations that are listed in a nationwide, searchable directory
  • Increasing demand to offer continuing professional development contact hours that are essential to building professional portfolios, and maintaining certification and accreditation from ANCC and other licensing boards and regulatory bodies

The ANCC Accreditation Model is based on the original Donabedian framework of structure, process, and outcome measures to evaluate quality. The ANCC standards provide organizations with a structured, evidence-based framework to design and implement NCPD activities. The development of quality outcomes ensures that accredited organizations are continuously evaluating processes and their impact on the professional development of nurses.