The accelerated BSN and the ADN-to-BSN programs at Concordia University Irvine (Calif.) have earned 10-year accreditation from the Commission of Collegiate Nursing Education, according to a Feb. 10 news release.
CCNE is an autonomous agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education for the accreditation of baccalaureate, master’s and doctoral programs. The CCNE accreditation team concluded that Concordia’s nursing programs engage in effective educational practices and continuous quality improvement, according to the release.
“We are honored to be recognized for our nursing programs,” Mary Hobus, PhD, MS, RN, director of the department of nursing at Concordia University Irvine, said in the release. “This yearlong, rigorous accreditation process has demonstrated to the medical community and our academic peers that we offer a high-quality nursing education that provides great opportunities for our students. The positive feedback that we received from CCNE will help us continue to grow the nursing programs and set goals for the future.”
The CCNE accreditation process included a thorough examination of Concordia’s curriculum and a formal on-site visit, which occurred in spring 2014. The visit included interviews with the faculty, students and administration. The Concordia ABSN program began in 2008, and the RN-to-BSN program began in 2011. Recently, the ABSN program at Concordia was ranked in the top 10 among the 50 Best Accelerated BSN Programs for 2015 from TopRNtoBSN.com along with Johns Hopkins University, Maryland; Duke University, North Carolina; and Michigan State University.
CCNE assesses and identifies programs that engage in effective educational practices. A self-regulatory process, CCNE designed its standards to encourage innovation and experimentation in teaching. CCNE evaluates mission, goals and expected outcomes of nursing programs throughout the U.S., and evaluates the curriculum and its reflection on professional nursing standards and the community’s needs.
Additionally, CCNE representatives analyze the parent institution’s support of the program, including faculty and student involvement and resources available to participants. The nursing program’s effectiveness is measured by overall quality, program completion rates, licensure and certificate pass rates and employment rates upon graduation.