Nursing Program Receives National Accreditation

May 18, 2011

Newberry College, Nursing Class of 2011Newberry, SC, May 18, 2011 – The nursing program at Newberry College, which was approved by the State Board of Nursing for South Carolina in 2009, has now received national accreditation through the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) Board of Commissioners, the College announced today.

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 the past 18 months and included an internal study of the program and a CCNE site visit in November of 2010. The CCNE board met in April, and approved the program last week.

Newberry conferred Bachelor of Science degrees to its first nursing graduates earlier this month at the graduation ceremonies. Those students will take the licensing exam (NCLEX-RN) to become registered nurses in the coming weeks. Almost all of the 15 graduates expressed interest in attending graduate school in 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 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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