US University Graduate Nursing Program Accredited by CCNE

The United States University (USU) Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) program has been accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), University officials announced today. Retroactive to September of 2014, the professional designation gives graduates a competitive advantage and allows them to take the appropriate National Board examination needed to apply for licensing in any state.

The CCNE, recognized by the U.S. Department of Education, sets high standards in the nursing profession and ensures program integrity at the baccalaureate, graduate and doctorate levels. CCNE accreditation promotes ongoing self-assessment by nursing programs, with a goal to improve and expand nursing education and residency programs.

“The CCNE designation is a testimony to the quality of our nursing programs. It’s an honor to be recognized by an organization that, like US University, upholds the highest standards in nursing education,” said US University President and CEO Dr. Barry Ryan.

The University offers undergraduate and graduate programs in nursing, giving Registered Nurses the opportunity to earn a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN). Nurses who have a BSN degree can expand their capabilities further by earning a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN). The graduate degree prepares a nurse for a career as a Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP), Nurse Leader in Health Systems Management Innovation, or in Online Education and Education Technology.

“Being approved for accreditation is very exciting news for students,” said Dr. Renee McLeod, Dean of the US University College of Nursing.

“Our FNP nursing graduates are in high demand in private practices, community clinics and hospitals due to their diverse cultural backgrounds and multilingual skills,” Dr. McLeod said, noting that the Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) program, the largest program in the university’s College of Nursing, was established to help bring underserved, disadvantaged and multicultural students into health care.

Health care is undergoing major changes and there is a movement to allow Nurse Practitioners to practice to the full extent of their education and training. “Health care is transforming and it’s important that we prepare our nurses to be ready to lead the change, said Dr. McLeod.

“Students are attracted to USU for our small classes, individual attention from our doctorally prepared faculty, our emphasis on innovation and technology to prepare for new nursing roles, and our curriculum grounded in Caring Science. Our programs are structured to accommodate the educational and professional needs of working adults.”

The US University College of Nursing offers a year-round program that admits students in the fall and spring