The Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) Recognizes the Strength of UF Programs

College of Nursing receives official reaccreditation of BSN and MSN programs, initial accreditation of DNP program

 

Seated (L-R) Accelerated BSN student Queeneth Jones, MSN student Kara Godwin and DNP student Jodi Duffield each display the CCNE certificate officially accrediting their program. Standing are recent BSN graduate Brittany Gannon and new Accelerated BSN student Michael Lo.

The College of Nursing received official notice that the BSN and MSN programs attained 10-year reaccreditation and the DNP program attained initial 5-year accreditation.

In October, the College welcomed the on-site evaluation team from the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), and all three programs received a positive initial evaluation in the exit report. Official word of the programs’ accreditation was sent this spring after the CCNE board deliberated and reached a final decision.

During the on-site evaluation, the CCNE team visited several nursing classes and clinical sites and spoke with students, faculty, staff, alumni, preceptors and members of the university and professional community to learn about and assess the College’s educational programs.

College of Nursing students and faculty representing the various academic areas of the College proudly display the accreditation certificates for each of the three programs accredited: BSN, MSN and DNP. (L-R) Dr. Susan Schaffer, Chair of the Department of Women’s, Children and Family Nursing; Queeneth Jones, Class of Fall 2012 Accelerated BSN student; Dr. Joyce Stechmiller, Chair of the Department of Adult and Elderly Nursing; Kara Godwin, MSN student; Dr. Jo Snider, Chair of the Department of Health Care Environments and Systems; Jodi Duffield, DNP student; Dr. Sharon Bradley, Assistant Dean of Student Affairs; Brittany Gannon, recent BSN graduate; and Michael Lo, Class of 2013 Accelerated BSN student.

Accreditation by the CCNE is voluntary, self-regulatory and ensures the quality and integrity of the College of Nursing’s programs. The CCNE encourages continuing self-assessment by nursing programs and supports continued growth and improvement of collegiate professional education.

Accreditation is based on four standards surrounding program quality and effectiveness: mission and governance, institutional commitment and resources, curriculum and teaching-learning practices, and aggregate student and faculty outcomes.

The team evaluated each program and its curriculum; the faculty, preceptors and dean’s competence; student performance and outcomes; policy and procedure documentation; fiscal and physical resources; academic support services; parent institution support; and program effectiveness.

The evaluation team detailed their findings in an exit report, which was shared with the College faculty at the conclusion of the on-site evaluation. The College met all standards and the evaluation team did not identify any compliance concerns. The site visitors complimented the College’s on the competence and professionalism of students, faculty and staff.

The evaluation team included E. Jane Martin, PhD, RN, CRNP, FAAN, Dean Emeritus of the West Virginia School of Nursing; Nancy Edwards, PhD, RN, ANP, Director of Graduate Programs of the Purdue University School of Nursing; Marcia Hern, EdD, CNS, RN, Dean and Professor of the University of Louisville School of Nursing; Kathleen Krichbaum, PhD, RN, ANEF, Associate Professor and Associate Dean of the University of Minnesota School of Nursing; and Rachel Koshy, MSN, RN, NP-C, Adult Nurse Practitioner at Barnabas Medical Center.

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Seated (L-R): Accelerated BSN student QueenethSeated Jones, MSN student Kara Godwin and DNP student Jodi Duffield each display the CCNE certificate officially accrediting their program. Standing are recent BSN graduate Brittany Gannon and new Accelerated BSN student Michael Lo.

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