Graduate program in nursing receives accreditation
Contact: Rene Abadie
HAMMOND – Southeastern Louisiana University’s graduate program in nursing has received a full five-year accreditation by the Commission on Collegiate Education.
The graduate program is offered in an intercollegiate consortium with the University of Louisiana-Lafayette and McNeese State University.
The accreditation is a “stamp of approval” on the quality and integrity of the graduate program, said Interim President John L. Crain.
“Accreditation indicates that the program has been independently reviewed by peers and found to meet established national standards,” Crain said. “It is a voluntary, self-regulatory process the university believes is essential to assuring our students and the public that the program is one of high quality and effectiveness.”
Donnie Booth, dean of the College of Nursing and Health Sciences, said the process included a self-study of the program, a visit by an evaluation team of peers appointed by CCNE, the university’s response to the team report, and final review and approval by the CCNE Board of Directors.
“We are very proud to be accredited, and much of the credit must go to the excellent faculty we have assembled over the years,” Booth said. “We expect much from our students and they respond with the hard work necessary to be successful in this program.”
CCNE is an autonomous organization of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing and is recognized as an official accrediting agency by the U.S. Department of Education. This is the first time the Southeastern program has been accredited by CCNE, having been accredited by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission since 1996.
Students successfully completing the graduate curriculum at Southeastern meet the educational requirements to take national certification examinations in a number of areas, including clinical nurse specialist in medical surgical nursing or adult psychiatric/mental health nursing; adult nurse practitioner or psychiatric/mental health nurse practitioner, advanced nursing administration, and nursing education.