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SUNY Downstate’s College of Nursing receives maximum accreditation

SUNY Downstate Medical Center’s College of Nursing, Brooklyn, announced June 18 it has received full reaccreditation from the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education for 10 years — the maximum amount of time granted for existing programs.
The national accreditation includes the college’s baccalaureate degree, master’s degree and postgraduate APRN certificate programs. The CCNE board of commissioners determined that all accreditation standards were fully met without a single citation or area needing improvement, according to a news release.
“This is a significant achievement,” Daisy Cruz-Richman, PhD, RN, dean of the college of nursing, said in the release. “Reaffirmation of accreditation by CCNE demonstrates that the college is achieving its mission, and that our educational outcomes are extremely strong.”
The accreditation process for the programs began in the fall of 2012 with the initiation of a self-study process. A three-day accreditation site visit took place in October 2014 after the submission of a self-study. The evaluation team interviewed representatives from the college of nursing’s Community of Interest, SUNY Downstate senior leadership and college of nursing administrators; full-time, part-time and clinical faculty and staff; students, preceptors and alumni; and clinical and community partners.
In addition, the evaluation team observed classroom, clinical and simulation lab activities. The team noted a common theme they heard from meetings with the COI was “the very high level of communication and how many, if not most, members of the COI feel they are part of the college of nursing family,” according to the release.
“The self-study process was an opportunity for the college of nursing to examine and evaluate our programs and resources, to build on our strengths, and move into promising areas ahead,” Cruz-Richman said in the release. “This accomplishment required dedication and reflects enormous effort on the part of many people across the Downstate campus.”

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