Accreditation for Nursing Programs

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Nursing school accreditation creates a gateway for nursing students to participate in federally funded and state entitlement programs. Graduates from accredited nursing school programs also qualify to attend other accredited schools to pursue advanced studies, including RN-to-BSN and master’s program. It can also make you more competitive in the job market; employers prefer to hire accredited practitioners because they are trained under nationally established standards for nursing education.


The MSUM School of Nursing and Healthcare Leadership is a part of the American Association of Colleges for Nursing (AACN), which is the national voice for baccalaureate and graduate nursing education. AACN works to establish quality standards for nursing education; assists schools in implementing those standards; influences the nursing profession to improve health care; and promotes public support for professional nursing education, research, and practice” and its autonomous agency that does accreditation and certification of universities, the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), which “ensures the quality and integrity of baccalaureate, graduate, and residency programs in nursing. The Commission serves the public interest by assessing and identifying programs that engage in effective educational practices.”

The CCNE identifies five purposes in their accreditation:

1. To hold nursing programs accountable to the community of interest – the nursing profession, consumers, employers, higher education, students and their families, nurse residents – and to one another by ensuring that these programs have mission statements, goals, and outcomes that are appropriate to prepare individuals to fulfill their expected roles.

2. To evaluate the success of a nursing program in achieving its mission, goals, and expected outcomes.

3. To assess the extent to which a nursing program meets accreditation standards.

4. To inform the public of the purposes and values of accreditation and to identify nursing programs that meet accreditation standards.

5. To foster continuing improvement in nursing programs – and, thereby, in professional practice.



Dr. Barbara Matthees, the Chair of the School of Nursing and Healthcare Leadership says that SNHL has already begun prepping for our accreditation:

“Our site visit is October 2015 – a year away! We will submit a very carefully done Self Study in September 2015, where public comment will be solicited and we will be connecting with our practice partners, students, MSUM administration, our alumni and beyond at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.  Every faculty member in the School of Nursing and Healthcare Leadership will be involved in this intense analysis of our programs.  Although it is a great deal of work, we are up to the challenge and looking forward to both celebrating our strengths and addressing areas for improvement.  The CCNE accreditation is a process—and we will be examining how – and how well – we are meeting our own goals and objectives, as well as considering how our programs here address national and regional professional standards. 


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