Newberry College's undergraduate Nursing Program has received national accreditation through the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) Board of Commissioners. The Program is also approved by the State Board of Nursing for South Carolina (2009).
National accreditation provides Newberry’s nursing students with the broadest range of employment and graduate school opportunities as well as more scholarship and federal grant options.
The national accreditation process took place over 18 months and included an internal study of the program and a CCNE site visit in November 2010. The CCNE board met in April 2011, and subsequently approved the program in time for the start of the 2011-12 academic year.
Newberry College conferred Bachelor of Science degrees to its first nursing graduates at May 2011 graduation ceremonies. Those graduates move on to take the licensing exam (NCLEX-RN) to become registered nurses. Almost all of the 15 graduates expressed interest in attending graduate school within the next few years.
“The Nursing Department and Newberry College have worked hard to provide a quality curriculum for students,” said Department Chair and Professor of Nursing Dr. Betsy McDowell. “This accreditation validates that Newberry College truly does have an exceptional program that prepares our graduates for the competitive healthcare field.”
The CCNE is the organization officially recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education to approve baccalaureate, graduate and residency programs in nursing. The national accreditation is valid through spring 2016, with the CCNE returning for the next on-site evaluation in fall 2015.
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