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APUS Nursing Programs Recognized by Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education

APUS Nursing Programs Recognized by Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education

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Stacey Kram CCNE nursing APUSGuest Post by Stacey Kram, DNP, RN-BC, CCRN, PCCN, CNE
Interim Program Director

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.

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Wally Boston Dr. Wallace E. Boston was appointed President and Chief Executive Officer of American Public University System (APUS) and its parent company, American Public Education, Inc. (APEI) in July 2004. He joined APUS as its Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer in 2002. In July 2016, he retired as APUS president and continued as CEO of APEI. In September 2017, he was reappointed APUS president after the resignation of Dr. Karan Powell. In September 2019, Angela Selden was named CEO of APEI, succeeding Dr. Boston who will remain APUS president until his planned retirement in June 2020. Dr. Boston guided APUS through its successful initial accreditation with the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association in 2006 and ten-year reaccreditation in 2011. In November 2007, he led APEI to an initial public offering on the NASDAQ Exchange. During his tenure, APUS grew to over 100,000 students, 200 degree and certificate programs, and approximately 90,000 alumni. In addition to his service as a board member of APUS and APEI, Dr. Boston is a member of the Board of Advisors of the National Institute for Learning Outcomes Assessment (NILOA), a member of the Board of Overseers of the University of Pennsylvania’s Graduate School of Education, a board member of the Presidents’ Forum, and a board member of Hondros College of Nursing and Fidelis, Inc. He has authored and co-authored papers on the topic of online post-secondary student retention, and is a frequent speaker on the impact of technology on higher education. Dr. Boston is a past Treasurer of the Board of Trustees of the McDonogh School, a private K-12 school in Baltimore. In his career prior to APEI and APUS, Dr. Boston served as either CFO, COO, or CEO of Meridian Healthcare, Manor Healthcare, Neighborcare Pharmacies, and Sun Healthcare Group. Dr. Boston is a Certified Public Accountant, Certified Management Accountant, and Chartered Global Management Accountant. He earned an A.B. degree in History from Duke University, an MBA in Marketing and Accounting from Tulane University’s Freeman School of Business Administration, and a Doctorate in Higher Education Management from the University of Pennsylvania’s Graduate School of Education. In 2008, the Board of Trustees of APUS awarded him a Doctorate in Business Administration, honoris causa, and, in April 2017, also bestowed him with the title President Emeritus. Dr. Boston lives in Owings Mills, MD with his wife Sharon and their two daughters.

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