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American Sentinel University DNP Graduate Thomas M. Smith Receives DEAC’s 2016 Outstanding Graduate Award

– Smith Completed a DNP, Educational Leadership Degree at American Sentinel University and Received the Dean’s Award for Academic Excellence at Graduation –

AURORA, Colo. – April 25, 2016 – American Sentinel University today announced that graduate Thomas M. Smith has been recognized by the Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC) as a 2016 Outstanding Graduate.

The DEAC Outstanding Graduate Program recognizes the significant accomplishments of graduates who receive their degrees through distance education. This year marks the 33rd consecutive year the DEAC has offered this award.

Smith, winner of the 2106 Outstanding Graduate Award, earned his Doctor of Nursing Practice, Education Leadership specialization degree in 2015 from American Sentinel. He received the Dean’s Award for Academic Excellence at commencement, an honor presented to one graduate in each academic program.

Smith is from Mechanicsville, Va., and in his role as a regional director at Community Healthy Systems he assists hospitals with care management and overall compliance, fiscal integrity, and quality care. More importantly, Smith says this new role allows him time to teach.

“I work with the hospital’s administrative team, care coordination, and management, and transition teams to assist their employees in becoming the future leaders of their organizations and my DNP has already has helped me tremendously in this new role,” says Thomas M. Smith.

He chose American Sentinel’s DNP, Educational Leadership specialization program because his friend and mentor graduated from the university’s DNP, Executive Leadership specialization program and encouraged him to take a look. Smith enrolled in the program because he knew the classwork would benefit both his leadership and educational endeavors.

“Thomas embodies the best qualities you hope to find in a nurse and an educator. He’s compassionate and eager to learn. These two aspects led him to earn his Doctor of Nursing Practice, Educational Leadership specialization and receive the Dean’s Award for Academic Excellence. We are proud that the DEAC named Thomas a 2016 Outstanding Graduate,” says Judy Burckhardt, Ph.D., MAEd, MSN, RN, Dean, and Professor, Nursing and Healthcare Programs at American Sentinel University.

Selection criteria for the award includes a GPA of 3.5 or higher, evidence that the graduate has made significant contributions to society in his/her chosen profession, as well as an essay submission demonstrating the graduate’s application of knowledge and skills acquired in the online classroom to his/her career and community.

About The Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC)

The Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC) is a private, nonprofit organization founded in 1926 that operates as a national accreditor of distance education institutions. Accreditation by DEAC covers all distance education activities within an institution and it provides a single source of nationally recognized accreditation from the secondary school level through professional doctoral degree-granting institutions.

About American Sentinel University

American Sentinel University delivers the competitive advantages of accredited online nursing degree programs in nursing, informatics, MBA Health Care, DNP Executive Leadership and DNP Educational Leadership. Its affordable, flexible bachelor’s and master’s nursing degree programs are accredited by the Commission for the Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). The DNP program is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN). The university is accredited by the Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC). The Accrediting Commission of DEAC is listed by the U.S. Department of Education as a nationally recognized accrediting agency and is a recognized member of the Council for Higher Education Accreditation.