Mount Union's Nursing Program Receives CCNE Accreditation
June 09, 2016
ALLIANCE, Ohio – The University of Mount Union’s Bachelor of Science in nursing (BSN) program has received accreditation from the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).
“Accreditation is a rigorous process that Mount Union chose to obtain for its BSN program,” said Dr. Nezam Al-Nsair, professor and chair of the Department of Nursing. “Mount Union believes in quality programs and obtaining and maintaining accreditation is one way of assuring the quality in those programs.”
According to a story published by Newsnet5.com, Northeast Ohio is going through a nursing shortage and will need thousands of nurses over the next four years throughout 23 Ohio counties. This shortage also spreads out nationally as, according to the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN), 525,000 replacement nurses will be needed by 2022 nationwide.
“This national accreditation shows Mount Union’s success in establishing high-demand practical programs, all while continuing to demonstrate achievement in an education grounded in the liberal arts,” said Dr. Patricia Draves, vice president for academic affairs and dean of the University.
According to Al-Nsair, the accreditation process looks into various aspects of the nursing program including, but not limited to: Quality of curriculum, qualifications and experience of faculty, availability and adequacy of clinical experiences and laboratory and technical resources for faculty and students.
“We at Mount Union can proudly state that we met all standards of CCNE accreditation and will provide students with exceptional teaching experiences to prepare them for a challenging career in nursing,” said Al-Nsair.
Senior nursing major Madison Paulus, of Massillon, Ohio has already benefitted from some of the opportunities that the nursing program at Mount Union has provided.
“[Clinical experience] has been my favorite because I get to take everything I have been learning in the classroom and lab and put it to use,” Paulus said. “It’s such a different experience being out in the real world and interacting with patients. It has been the biggest learning tool for me yet because it allows me to see what it is really like being a nurse.”
CCNE’s mission is to ensure the quality and integrity of baccalaureate, graduate and residency programs in nursing. It also serves the public interest by assessing and identifying programs that engage in effective educational practices.
For more information about Mount Union’s nursing program accreditation, visit mountunion.edu/nursing-accreditation-information.