|New ASU Department of Health Science Day 1:Nursing School Accredited|
|Written by Jane Nicholson|
|Thursday, 01 July 2010 09:10|
The four-year prelicensure Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree program offered by Appalachian State University’s College of Health Sciences has been accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).
Jennifer Brown of Conover prepares medication that will be administered to a simulation patient as part of the introduction to professional nursing class offered by the College of Health Sciences’ Department of Nursing at Appalachian State University. The four-year accredited Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree program has a laboratory on campus that simulates a hospital setting, complete with hospital beds, exam tables, diagnostic equipment and medical training mannequins. Brown is in the inaugural class of students enrolled in the new BSN program. “We were able to recruit 20 highly qualified and motivated students for our first nursing class at Appalachian,” said Dr. Wendy E. Miller, director of the prelicensure BSN program. (Appalachian photo by University Photographer Marie Freeman)
Program development for the degree began in 2008 and culminated with its ap proval by the N.C. Board of Nursing in September 2009. The UNC Board of Governors gave its approval of the new degree program in January. The program admitted its first students in May.
“This is a significant milestone in the creation of Appalachian’s new College of Health Sciences and for the college’s Department of Nursing,” said Dr. Fred Whitt, founding dean of the new college.
The accrediting board approved the new degree track as an addition to the initial accreditation of the college’s off-campus RN-to-BSN degree program that was awarded in 2008. The accreditation is for five years, the longest period of time for which CCNE grants accreditation to a new program.
CCNE accreditation is a nongovernmental peer review process that operates in accordance with nationally recognized standards established for the practice of accreditation in the United States.
“For such a young program to attain accreditation so quickly reflects on the quality of our faculty and the nursing curriculum,” said Dr. Wanda Stutts, chair of Appalachian’s Department of Nursing.
“Counties in North Carolina average about 90 nurses per 1,000 residents. However, in many counties in Northwest North Carolina, the average is much lower. Many of the counties contiguous to Appalachian average 48-52 nurses per 1,000 population,” said Whitt. “Our four-year nursing program will help fill a critical need for nurses in our region and state.”
Officially recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education as a national accreditation agency, the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education is an autonomous accrediting agency, contributing to the improvement of the public’s health. CCNE ensures the quality and integrity of baccalaureate, graduate, and residency programs in nursing.
CCNE serves the public interest by assessing and identifying programs that engage in effective educational practices. As a voluntary, self-regulatory process, CCNE accreditation supports and encourages continuing self-assessment by nursing programs and supports continuing growth and improvement of collegiate professional education and post-baccalaureate nurse residency programs.
To learn more about Appalachian’s Department of Nursing, visit www.nursing.appstate.edu. Information about the College of Health Professions is at www.healthsciences.appstate.edu.
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