Manhattanville College’s Family Nurse Practitioner Program Receives National Accreditation from the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education

May 31, 2023
Manhattanville nursing student training in lab
Manhattanville nursing student training in lab


Previously approved by New York State, the program now has the distinction of national accreditation recognizing the highest quality and integrity


PURCHASE, NY, May 2023 – The Manhattanville College School of Nursing and Health Sciences today announced that its Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) program has received accreditation by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).


The accreditation followed a rigorous review process by CCNE, a national accreditation agency recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education tasked with assessing the quality and integrity of baccalaureate, graduate, and residency programs in nursing.

“The five-year approval of the Manhattanville FNP program is an affirmation of both the program’s high academic standards and its emphasis on the professional preparation of Family Nurse Practitioners,” said Debra Simons, Ph.D., N.P., dean, School of Nursing and Health Sciences.

"The CCNE accreditation of the Manhattanville Family Nurse Practitioner Program is a testament to our dedication to excellence in nursing education, preparing our graduates to meet the needs of their communities,” said Manhattanville Provost Christine Dehne, M.F.A. “We are proud of the recognition of this program that exemplifies our mission of educating ethical and socially responsible leaders in a global community, and our commitment to fulfilling the workforce needs of our region."

Karen V. Bourgeois, Ph.D., F.N.P.-B.C., director of the SNHS FNP Program said, “We are proud to offer this next level of nursing education to students seeking career advancement. This was made possible through the partnership of our administration, faculty, and staff who worked diligently to achieve this recognition.”

Health care systems worldwide are facing challenges of meeting growing demand for primary care services and a shortage of primary care physicians. Policy makers and administrators are searching for solutions to increase the primary care capacity and increased employment of FNPs is one solution. According to The American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP), FNPs, who have a wide scope of practice and can provide care to patients of any age, are considered the cornerstone of health care with 70 percent delivering primary care in the United States. FNPs are regulated state-by-state and in most states, FNPs can make medical diagnoses, prescribe medications, and order medical tests, which enables them to more directly and positively impact the lives of their patients. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the job outlook for nurse practitioners includes a 40% growth rate by 2031. This means that 118,600 jobs will need to be filled in this time.

Manhattanville’s FNP Program addresses the need to add primary care nurses and fulfills the needs of nurses who wish to pursue advanced study in a variety of clinical environments. “Our FNP program offers an innovative and personalized approach that strives to offer high-quality, career-relevant programs to help address this need and assist our students in achieving their professional goals,” said Bourgeois.


About Manhattanville College
Manhattanville College is a small, private liberal arts institution dedicated to academic excellence, purposeful education, and social justice. U.S. News and World Report ranks Manhattanville the number one private, non-profit institution in New York among Top Performers of Social Mobility in Regional Universities North 2022 and 2023. Located 30 miles from New York City on a 100-acre suburban campus in the heart of bustling Westchester County, Manhattanville enables easy access to robust entertainment offerings, educational resources, and business opportunities for its primarily residential and diverse student body. The College serves close to 1,500 undergraduate students and nearly 1,000 graduate students from more than 44 countries and 33 states. Founded in 1841, the College offers more than 75 undergraduate and graduate areas of study in the arts and sciences, education, business, and creative writing, as well as continuing and executive education programs. Graduate students can choose from more than 70 graduate and certificate programs. Extracurricular offerings include more than 70 clubs and organizations and 23 NCAA Division III teams. To learn more, visit

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