Quality Control: Nursing Department Receives Top Accreditation

Published: June 06, 2011 | Category: Academics

It’s official, the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) has granted accreditation for Southern Utah University’s Nursing Program for the next 10 years.

Nursing Department Chair, Donna Lister, is thrilled about this recent news and said the department will continue going onward and upward.

She says, “We want to be sure that our bachelor program stays solid and make improvements as opportunities arise.”

Also during this timeframe the department hopes to establish a master’s degree program. Lister said this will be up for consideration over the next two to three years.

Current and future Thunderbirds can expect to see great things develop within the nursing program over the next few years. An exciting time for a department that is already doing very well.

“Our graduates had the highest pass rate in…Utah during 2010,” Lister said. “Our graduates are also having very high acceptance rates into graduate programs and most are employed as a registered nurse with weeks of their license.”

The CCNE accreditation means the department fully complies with top industry regulations, including providing a curriculum that meets the highest expectations of the nursing profession and more than adequately preparing SUU’s nursing students for professional practice, life-long learning and graduate education.

To maintain – if not improve upon – the program’s currently high standards, in accordance with CCNE directives, SUU’s nursing department will submit a Continuous Improvement Progress Report at the midpoint of the accreditation term, in 2016. This report will demonstrate how the department is complying with all CCNE standards.

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