RN to BSN Program accredited by CCNE
Doane College is proud to announce that its Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree in Nursing has been accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 530, Washington, DC 20036, (202) 887-6791. The college received a five-year accreditation, the longest duration a new program can receive.
Officially recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education as a national accreditation agency, the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) is an autonomous accrediting agency, contributing to the improvement of the public's health. CCNE ensures the quality and integrity of baccalaureate, graduate, and residency programs in nursing. As a voluntary, self-regulatory process, CCNE accreditation supports and encourages continuing self-assessment by nursing programs and supports continuing growth and improvement of collegiate professional education and post-baccalaureate nurse residency programs.
Doane’s School of Graduate and Professional Studies launched the program in January 2010. As college administrators researched and designed the program, they heard the same request from senior nurses and other officials: coursework needs to go beyond clinical practice. Doane’s program allows nurses to develop knowledge and skills for team building, communication, critical thinking, and most importantly, leadership.
“We went to the accreditation team knowing that Doane’s program didn’t fit the mold,” said Janice Hadfield, Dean of the School of Graduate and Professional Studies at the Lincoln, Grand Island and soon-to-be Omaha campuses where students will complete BSN coursework. “The forecast is that nurses will have many opportunities for advancement in leadership roles – assuming a larger role in primary care because of physician shortages, involvement in community wellness, and leadership in the movement for health and well-being. Doane’s program is a natural fit for the demands of a changing healthcare industry.”
The first nurses graduated from Doane’s RN to BSN program in May 2013. (Read about the first graduates experiences.) A program must be nationally accredited to assure nurses a path to graduate education. Doane’s next CCNE review will be in the spring of 2018.
“This accreditation is Doane’s first step to provide more degree programs in the health sciences,” Hadfield said. “In fact, just today the faculty approved a new Health Sciences undergraduate major for the School of Graduate and Professional Studies.”
For additional information on the program, visit www.doane.edu/nursing.