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November 4th, 2010
The Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) has awarded accreditation to the Walden University School of Nursing’s bachelor of science in nursing (BSN) completion program in its first year of eligibility.
All Walden nursing degrees conferred after April 19, 2010 will be accredited for five years, which is the maximum term of accreditation a new program can have.
“Accreditation of Walden’s BSN program, particularly in the first year of eligibility, speaks to the quality and integrity of our curriculum,” said Dr Sara Torres, associate dean of Walden’s School of Nursing.
Current and potential nurses may be aware that the healthcare reform bill provides additional funding for their education. The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts that the need for these professionals will increase by 22 percent by 2018 – a rate that is much faster than the average for other occupations.
Walden is aware of these trends, and Torres feels the accreditation can only “strengthen” current and potential students’ career prospects in this field.
It is CCNE’s mission to ensure the quality and integrity of baccalaureate, graduate and residency nursing programs through the identification and assessment of programs with effective educational practices, according to officials from the organization.