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West Virginia Wesleyan College’s Doctor of Nursing Practice Program Granted Accreditation Through 2025

Nov 5, 2020

West Virginia Wesleyan College announced today that the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) Board of Commissioners granted accreditation to its Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program. Following CCNE’s on-site evaluation, the accreditation is from February 2020 to December 2025.

“The CCNE’s accreditation of the Doctor of Nursing Practice program furthers the culture of achievement that exists within our nationally-recognized School of Nursing,” added James Moore, Ph.D, Dean of the Faculty and Vice President of Academic Affairs at WVWC. “This degree equips WVWC DNP graduates with the skills and the freedom to pursue a career that has a great impact on the healthcare systems of West Virginia, and others across the country.”

Tina Straight, DNP, MSN Ed., CNE, RN and Director of the Wesleyan School of Nursing noted the importance of the CCNE designation.

“When you graduate from a CCNE-accredited program, your diploma carries weight and credibility, and your nursing career options are wide open,” Straight said. “We are thrilled to expand the opportunities the School of Nursing provides to our graduates.”

Announced in March 2018, WVWC’s DNP is the first doctoral program offered in the College’s history. The program produced its first two graduates in May 2020.

WVWC’s DNP offers two directions of study, Advanced Nursing Practice and Nursing Leadership. Admission has two pathways, students can either move straight from a Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree into the program or first gain a Master’s of Science in Nursing (MSN) degree before entering the program. recently ranked WVWC’s BSN as the top program in the state of West Virginia, and 26 overall in the United States. WVWC MSN-Family Nurse Practitioner graduates hold a first-time pass rate of 98% on national certification exams in the past three years. 

To learn more information about the WVWC School of Nursing and the Doctor of Nursing  Practice program, please visit

Click here to apply to the Doctor of Nursing Practice program. 


West Virginia Wesleyan College (WVWC) is a private, four-year residential liberal arts college in Buckhannon, West Virginia. A tradition of excellence for more than 130 years, West Virginia Wesleyan is home to 14 Fulbright Scholars. The Princeton Review ranked Wesleyan one of its 2021 Best Colleges in the Southeastern Region of the United States. U.S. News & World Report’s 2021 Best College Rankings designated Wesleyan a “Top 20” Best Value – Regional Universities (South) and one of the “Top 75” Regional Universities (South). WVWC offers students more than 40 majors and 40 minors; graduate programs in athletic training, business administration, creative writing, and nursing; 22 NCAA Division II athletic programs; multiple performing arts groups; and more than 70 organizations. Founded in 1890, the College is closely affiliated with the United Methodist Church and abides by the Wesley doctrine that emphasizes service to others. For more information, visit


The Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education ( is an autonomous accrediting agency contributing to the improvement of the public’s health. CCNE ensures the quality and integrity of baccalaureate and graduate nursing education programs and nurse residency and fellowship programs. As a voluntary, self-regulatory process, CCNE accreditation supports and encourages continuing self-assessment by nursing programs and supports continuing growth and improvement of collegiate professional education and nurse residency and fellowship programs.