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Nursing Programs Gain CCNE Accreditation

June 03, 2015

Angelo State University’s nursing programs have earned accreditation by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing’s Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) following an extensive application process that culminated with a campus site visit last fall by CCNE evaluators.

The CCNE officially accredited ASU’s nursing programs at its spring meeting in April, and the initial accreditation runs through 2020. All three of ASU’s nursing education tracks – baccalaureate, master’s and post-master’s – have been accredited individually and collectively. 

During the evaluation process, CCNE site visitors examine every aspect of an institution’s nursing education programs, including mission and governance, institutional commitment and resources, curriculum and teaching-learning practices, and program effectiveness. 

CCNE accredits nursing programs to hold them accountable to the community of interest – the nursing profession, consumers, employers, higher education, students and their families, nurse residents – and to one another by ensuring that they have mission statements, goals and outcomes that are appropriate to prepare individuals to fulfill their expected roles. Accreditation is also intended to foster continuing improvement in nursing programs and, thereby, in professional nursing practice. 

Dr. Wrennah GabbertDr. Wrennah GabbertDr. Wrennah Gabbert, chair of the ASU Department of Nursing, said, “We have attained a level of excellence in the delivery of nursing education that assures our students, community stakeholders and university leadership that our processes and procedures meet and uphold the standards of national nursing accreditation agencies and organizations. We were examined and explored ‘under a microscope’ and have met established and expected national, state and organizational nursing standards.”  

ASU’s nursing programs have long been accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN), formerly the National League for Nursing Accreditation Commission (NLNAC). The new CCNE accreditation further affirms that ASU provides quality nursing education that meets national standards. 

The ASU nursing programs will be eligible for CCNE re-accreditation in 2020, and the evaluation process will begin in 2019. More information on the CCNE is available at www.aacn.nche.edu/ccne-accreditation.  

For more information on ASU’s accreditation, call Gabbert at 325-942-2224. More details on all of ASU’s nursing programs are available at www.angelo.edu/dept/nursing/.