The three programs met all the quality and effectiveness standards set forth by CCNE – which include evaluations of each program’s mission and governance, institutional commitment and resources, curriculum and teaching-learning practices, and assessment and achievement of program outcomes.
“We are incredibly proud of all the hard work our faculty put into the accreditation processes, and could not have hoped for a better outcome.”
Demetrius Porche, DNS, PhD, PCC, ANEF, FACHE, FAANP, FAAN
“As part of the process, we were required to do a self-study, which meant taking a close look at the curricula for all our programs. This created an opportunity to look for areas where we could improve and innovate,” says Laura Bonanno, PhD, DNP, CRNA, who led the self-study, along with Susan Orlando, DNS, APRN, NNP-BC, CNS, and Antoinette Cascio, MN, RN. “That was the most enlightening part of the process, and it has pushed us to stay on top of the latest nursing and educational research, experiment with teaching methods and explore potential new offerings,” says Dr. Bonanno.
The evaluation included the self-study and third-party comments, followed by an on-site evaluation in October 2018. After the evaluation, CCNE reported on its findings, which the school was allowed to respond to before CCNE made its final ruling – which resulted in full accreditation through June 2029.
In addition to the CCNE accreditation, the School of Nursing also successfully achieved Level 3 accreditation for its nurse anesthesia program from the International Federation of Nurse Anesthetists, which is the highest level of accreditation offered, and is good through September 2024.
“We are incredibly proud of all the hard work our faculty put into the accreditation processes, and could not have hoped for a better outcome,” says Demetrius Porche, DNS, PhD, PCC, ANEF, FACHE, FAANP, FAAN, Dean of the School of Nursing.