The College of Nursing and Health Sciences is pleased to announce that in October 2011 the Board of Commissioners of the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) granted accreditation to the nursing baccalaureate, master’s, and Doctor of Nursing Practice programs. The baccalaureate and master’s programs were accredited for the maximum 10 years, or until December 21, 2021. The Doctor of Nursing Practice Program was accredited for five years, or until December 31, 2016, which is the maximum for a new program. The period of accreditation is retroactive to the date of the on-site visit by CCNE reviewers—February 28, 2011. This means that anyone who receives a BS, MS, or DNP degree after that date will be deemed to have graduated from a CCNE-accredited program.
In its decision to grant accreditation to the BS, MS, and DNP nursing programs, the board of commissioners determined that the programs met all four accreditation standards and its 26 key elements. The board also determined that there were no compliance concerns with respect to the key elements. The following are the standards used in evaluating the nursing programs:
- Standard I. Program Quality: Mission and Governance
- Standard II. Program Quality: Institutional Commitment and Resources
- Standard III. Program Quality: Curriculum and Teaching-Learning Practices
- Standard IV. Program Effectiveness: Aggregate Student and Faculty Outcomes
“We are pleased that the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education was able to appreciate the quality of our nursing programs and granted the maximum length of time for accreditation," says Interim Dean Marion E. Winfrey. "Retroactive to February 2011, we have been granted a 10-year accreditation for the BS and MS programs and a 5-year accreditation for our new DNP program. More importantly, the reviewers and the CCNE board found no areas of concern among the four standards we were evaluated by. It is indeed through the superb efforts of our exceptional faculty and staff that we have earned this honor and its attendant responsibility."