In case you missed it last month, Joyce’s online RN-BSN program was fully accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) through 2021. We’re so proud of our RN-BSN program, and this goes to show that other people see the value in it as well!
But what does CCNE accreditation mean, exactly, to our school, our program, and our students? Let’s dive a little deeper and look at what it is and why it’s important.
The CCNE, which falls under the umbrella of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN), ensures nursing programs meet a certain set of quality standards. The accreditation process hits all aspects of a program, including support systems for students, faculty proficiency, curriculum, and graduation requirements.
The CCNE only reviews degree programs — whether bachelor’s or graduate degrees — not programs that award certificates or other licenses. If you’re looking for a program to get your BSN or higher, you want to make sure that whatever you choose has CCNE accreditation.
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CCNE standards exist to make sure the courses you take will give you the education you need to practice nursing at a high level. As a prospective nursing student, this is one of the most important things about accreditation. CCNE accreditation means that, while you advance through your program, you’ll know that the quality of your education will be consistent throughout, right up to graduation.
And you’re not the only person who will know that, either.
Potential employers know, too, that CCNE accreditation denotes a certain level of quality. If you’re hiring a nurse straight out of their BSN program, you don’t have much to go by other than their education and any internships they may have done in the meantime.
For employers, a CCNE accreditation means that they can be confident that any potential nurse they’re hiring knows the information they’re expected to know as a graduate. This means that they’re more likely to hire you than if you’d gone through a program that CCNE hadn’t given the thumbs up to.
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Good question! We’re not the only CCNE-accredited program in the country, after all. Plenty of great nursing programs exist all around the U.S., and it’s important to find the one that’s right for you.
Joyce’s RN-BSN program is taught by some of the nation’s leading nursing educators; more than 90 percent of our faculty hold doctorate degrees! Our online program uses cutting-edge technology, so you can get the full experience studying from home, and thanks to our transfer credit policies, working nurses can get their BSN in as few as three semesters.
We also believe in teaching nursing with a holistic approach. Holistic nursing, which dates back to Florence Nightingale herself, is a philosophy of healing a whole person, not just their body. We teach our nurses to have a comprehensive approach to nursing, and the importance of treating not only physical illness or injury, but also the anxiety and stress that may result as well.
It pays off, too. Our RN-BSN program has a 100 percent employer satisfaction rating and an 86 percent student retention rate.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts a need for 1 million additional nurses in the healthcare industry by 2022, and someone has to teach them. With CCNE accreditation and an acclaimed holistic approach, we think it should be us.