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Nursing Program Accredited

Nov 3, 2008
Ohio Northern University's baccalaureate degree program in nursing (BSN) has received accreditation from the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). Accreditation is valid for five years with a mid-point continuous improvement progress report.

To receive this distinction, the ONU program met four accreditation standards. The standards include three program quality areas: mission and governance; institutional commitment and resources; and curriculum and teaching learning practices. The fourth is a measure of program effectiveness in student performance and faculty accomplishments.

Marjorie G. Walker, EdD, RN, director of the nursing program, said, "I am delighted to announce the accreditation. Accreditation is a voluntary process that serves the public interest by providing an impartial evaluation of the quality of the professional education program. In addition, national accreditation will allow our students access to other educational funding. I am proud of our program, students and faculty. They reflect the art and science of nursing practice."

Dr. Lisa G. Robeson, interim dean of the Getty College of Arts & Sciences said, "We're excited to have our nursing program recognized by CCNE. More and more hospitals are asking for nurses with bachelors of nursing degrees, and ONU's program will play a major role in furthering the College of Arts & Sciences' mission of equipping students to flourish in a rapidly changing world while also serving our community and region."

ONU began accepting students into its BSN program in 2005. Today, 96 students are enrolled in the program with another 25 enrolled in the BSN completion program for practicing registered nurses with associate degrees.

CCNE is recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education as a national accreditation agency. The accreditation process is designed to ensure the quality and integrity of baccalaureate and graduate education programs in preparing effective nurses. As a voluntary, self-regulatory process, CCNE accreditation supports and encourages continuing self-assessment by nursing education programs and the continuing growth and improvement of collegiate professional education.
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