By Jess Kusak
The NSC School of Nursing will welcome The Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) accreditation team on November 16-18. In 2005, the School of Nursing received national accreditation from the CCNE, around the same time the school celebrated its first graduating class.
NSC will host this routine re-visit of the CCNE accreditation team, which is comprised of three experienced nurse educators. During the visit, the CCNE team will meet with nursing students, faculty, staff, and administrators at NSC. The nursing program in addition to the college’s resources that support the nursing students, such as the library and computer technology, will be evaluated.
We are proud that the nursing program has held national accreditation for the past 4 ½ years, said Dr. Coffman. This speaks to the quality of the curriculum, faculty, and teaching-learning practices, she continued.
The CCNE is an autonomous accrediting agency ensuring the quality and integrity of baccalaureate, graduate, and residency programs in nursing. It is officially recognized by the United States Secretary of Education as a national accrediting agency.
Over the past year, NSC nursing faculty has been conducting an internal self-study of the nursing program through evaluating and comparing the School of Nursing’s curriculum and practices to national nursing education standards. Assistant Professor Dr. Sherri Coffman has served as Chair of this self-study process, with Interim Dean Dr. Shirlee Snyder as co-chair, in which all nursing faculty have participated.
The School of Nursing’s accreditation has and will continue to benefit the growth and development of the program. For example, accreditation demonstrates the quality of the program to potential nursing students. Additionally, accreditation also facilitates the movement of students from the BSN into Masters Degrees in nursing (MSN), as some MSN programs only accept students from accredited programs.
NSC’s CCNE accreditation is independent of its accreditation with the Nevada State Board of Nursing.