Chaminade’s Bachelor of Science in Nursing program received a 10-year full accreditation renewal from the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). Initially accredited in 2012, this renewal will extend the program’s accreditation into 2028.
“This renewal is an honor and great accomplishment for our nursing program,” said Provost, Dr. Helen Whippy. “This accreditation not only validates the incredible job done by all those associated with our nursing program, but it also let’s prospective nursing students know they can choose our program with the confidence that we will help take their career wherever it is they want to go.”
A CCNE accreditation demonstrates that a school meets specific standards and adequately prepares nurses for the next level in their career. For students interested in pursuing an advanced degree, accreditation of a program is vital as many master’s programs will not even accept applicants from non accredited programs.
In order to become CCNE accredited, a program must go through a rigorous self-examination process where they carefully evaluate their entire program, including their curriculum and support systems. Faculty, students and many others are involved in this process. The information is then shared with the accrediting body. After this, a site visit will be conducted by a team of evaluators assigned by the accrediting body. The team members speak to a variety of staff and faculty to further examine the program and support systems. The accrediting body will then make recommendations to the accrediting board which will then make the final determination about accreditation.
CCNE accredited programs are re-evaluated every five to ten years. Chaminade’s nursing program will have its next on-site evaluation in the fall of 2027.