Azusa Pacific University’s School of Nursing recently received reaccreditation from the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), an accrediting branch of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN), for 10 years – the maximum number of years available.
“Accreditation focuses on educational quality and an organization’s pursuit of excellence,” said Aja Lesh, Ph.D., RN, dean of APU’s School of Nursing. “Full compliance with CCNE standards recognizes the quality and the integrity of APU’s baccalaureate and graduate nursing programs, and allows the school to participate in federally funded and state entitlement programs. Accreditation also enhances employment opportunities as employers prefer to hire practitioners trained under nationally established standards of nursing.”
Following more than a year of preparation by the School of Nursing, including completing an extensive self study, the CCNE evaluators visited the campus in 2008 to assess the program through a full on-site review. The visit included observations of teaching methodologies in nursing classes and visits to clinical sites and hospital facilities to observe practicum experiences. The evaluators also met with individuals and groups of undergraduate and graduate nursing students, faculty, administration, nursing alumni, and members of the community. The review focuses on four areas of importance: mission and outcomes, resources necessary to the mission, curriculum and teaching learning practices, and overall program effectiveness.
“A 10 year accreditation reflects APU’s strong reputation within the nursing community,” said Lesh. “Our students are actively sought out by hospitals and other health care service organizations due to their professional training and caring attitude toward patients. I am very pleased at the recognition of our efforts by CCNE to provide the highest quality education possible to our students. The faculty, administration, and our clinical partners in the community are to be commended for their dedication to nursing education and health care excellence.”
The school will hold a celebration reception on Mon., Jan. 26, from 2-4 p.m. in Building 1 on the university’s West Campus.
The CCNE, launched in 1996, is the only national agency dedicated exclusively to the accreditation of bachelor’s- and graduate-degree nursing education programs. An independent arm of the AACN, CCNE accreditation supports and encourages constant self-assessment by nursing education programs and the continued growth and improvement of collegiate professional education.
APU’s School of Nursing offers both bachelor’s and master’s degrees, as well as post-master’s credentials to personalized programs such as the LVN to RN, the RN to BSN, the articulated RN to MSN, and the Second Careers in Nursing (S.C.A.N.) Program, and a Ph.D. in Nursing. The School of Nursing prepares students to enter the health care field with a solid foundation in research, theory, clinical skills, and hands-on community service, setting them apart as leaders in their profession qualified to change the face of health care delivery.