Athens State’s BSN program receives CCNE Accreditation

The Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) has announced that Athens State University’s Baccalaureate Degree Program in Nursing has been accredited by the CCNE Board of Commissioners for five years, the maximum allowable for initial accreditation.

Officially recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education as a national accreditation agency, the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) is an autonomous accrediting agency, contributing to the improvement of the public’s health. CCNE ensures the quality and integrity of baccalaureate, graduate, and residency/fellowship programs in nursing.

CCNE serves the public interest by assessing and identifying programs that engage in effective educational practices. As a voluntary, self-regulatory process, CCNE accreditation supports and encourages continuing self-assessment by nursing programs and supports continuing growth and improvement of collegiate professional education and nurse residency/fellowship programs.

“Obtaining national CCNE accreditation for the baccalaureate degree program in nursing indicates a program of quality, excellence, and academic rigor,” said Dr. Mark Reynolds, Chief Nurse Administrator at Athens State University. “It is a truly historic time at Athens State and I am excited to be part of this amazing university.”

Athens State’s RN to BSN program provides a pathway for success to registered nurses already working in their field to complete their baccalaureate degree in nursing. The program provides student-centered learning experiences in a supportive environment to prepare registered nurses to assume leadership positions, manage complex clinical care, and improve the health and welfare of the individuals and populations within their community and across the nation. It also prepares the registered nurse to be a professional healthcare practitioner, who provides compassionate and ethical care, which is based on research and scientific evidence, and who serves the dynamic healthcare needs of the individual patient, family, community, or population, and the healthcare environment across the lifespan.

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