Tuesday, May 17, 2011
The University of Great Falls RN to BSN Nursing Program has received five-year, full accreditation by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) for its baccalaureate degree program.
The Board of Commissioners of CCNE determined that the baccalaureate program at the University of Great Falls met all four accreditation standards with no compliance concerns. Those four standards are 1) program quality: mission and governance, 2) program quality: institutional commitment and resources, 3) program quality: curriculum and teaching-learning practices and 4) program effectiveness: student performance and faculty accomplishments.
"We are very pleased to earn accreditation from the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education. As we developed the program, we focused on a strong curriculum and rigorous assessment of the learning by our students," noted Eugene McAllister, President of the University of Great Falls.
The Nursing program at the University of Great Falls was added in 2008 and strives to prepare graduates for accountable and professional nursing practice that is relationship-based, vigilant, theory guided, and grounded in the best possible evidence. The mission is supported by a conceptual framework comprised of the following constructs: relationship-based care, vigilance, professional accountability, and change.
The program is offered primarily for the licensed, practicing Registered Nurse in the Providence Health & Services System and for other Registered Nurses in Montana. The program is delivered through a combination of distance technologies and commences with a two-week intensive immersion session in the summer.
The University graduated the second RN to BSN cohort May 7. There are currently 63 students enrolled in the program and another 72 additional students will begin this summer.
Pam Huso, RN to BSN Program Director stated, “Accreditation is validation of program quality and achievement of program outcomes. We knew we had an excellent curriculum and faculty, as well as amazing students. Our graduates are already making a difference back in their work place and six of the twenty-two 2011 graduates have begun or will begin a master’s program this year.”
CCNE is an autonomous accrediting agency contributing to the improvement of the public’s health and serving the public interest by assessing and identifying programs that engage in effective educational practices. Accreditation is a voluntary process and a reaffirmation of the quality and integrity of the programs evaluated.