I am very pleased to announce that the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) has renewed our RN to BSN nursing program accreditation for another 10 years, and granted our new Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) program initial accreditation for five years.
CCNE, under the auspices of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing, is an autonomous accrediting agency officially recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education. CCNE seeks to contribute to the improvement of public health through ensuring the quality and integrity of both baccalaureate and graduate nursing programs, and is the accreditor of choice for approximately 90% of degree-granting institutions.
CCNE accreditation benefits APUS students by ensuring that we are meeting the industry’s highest standards in curriculum design, teaching excellence, and academic rigor. The expanded recognition of our MSN program also allows us to begin exploring other nursing degree options to better serve our students and the healthcare industry, especially in support of our students’ ability to progress to advanced level nursing education programs, such as Nurse Practitioner or Doctor of Nursing Practice.
This accomplishment would not have been possible had it not been for a very collaborative group effort. From the self-study through the CCNE site visit, there was tremendous support from not only staff, faculty, and leadership, but also from our students and community stakeholders. I would like to express a sincere “Thank you” to all involved in the accreditation process.