SUU Nursing Program Earns Continuing Accreditation

Published: November 22, 2021 | Author: Abbie Cochrane | Read Time: 2 minutes

SUU Nursing Program earns continuing accreditationContinuing a path of excellence, Southern Utah University’s Department of Nursing has been re-accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). The CCNE reviews each program and how well it meets the standards of baccalaureate nursing programs. This year marks fifteen years of accreditation for SUU’s Nursing program.

“We are pleased to announce the accreditation that will take us through 2030,” said Dr. Donna Lister, department chair and professor of nursing at SUU. “It is a demanding and dynamic endeavor to educate nurses in our current environment. The faculty and staff at SUU have met that challenge and maintained the high quality of our educational experience for our students. I am grateful to work with excellent faculty, staff, and, of course, students.“

The CCNE is a professional accrediting agency that is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education for their accreditation of nursing programs across the country at the baccalaureate, master’s, doctoral, and certificate levels. The agency is a founding member of Health Professions Accreditors Collaborative and is a member of the CHEA International Quality Group. CCNE has specialized in accreditation of higher education institutions and healthcare facilities across the United States since 1996.

This accreditation benefits current and prospective SUU nursing students. A program having such accreditation means that students understand that their education with the department will be consistent as they advance through the program and eventually graduate.

The Nursing Department’s dedication to students shows in the accolades the program has received. The program has been recognized by Colleges of Distinction for its high-impact approach to education and was also deemed the best public nursing school in the state.

The online program was ranked #5 in the nation for the online bachelor’s degree in nursing among over 7,000 accredited institutions across the country. This acknowledgment is very impressive because only eight percent of schools in the U.S. earn a ranking position, much less rank in the top five.

Additionally, in October, SUU was named as one of just three schools in the nation to receive the Skyfactor/Benchworks Nursing Education Impact Award. SUU Nursing was recognized for their high performance in the overall satisfaction of students.

The Nursing program itself has also received endorsement from current students and SUU alumni over the years, and boasts a 100% pass rate for the NCLEX exam for the Nursing Class of 2020.

Students have clinical experiences as well as classroom learning which prepares them to provide high quality care in real life situations in a hospital, care centers, hospice, schools, and in their community as a whole. Nursing is the backbone of healthcare and SUU Nursing is pleased to be able to play a part in educating excellent nurses prepared to address the health care challenges of individuals and communities in our nation.

Learn more about the Nursing Department and programs offered at SUU.

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