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Clarke Nursing Program Receives 10-Year CCNE Accreditation

June 19, 2019
Clarke Nursing Student

Clarke University recently received full accreditation from the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) for both its Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) and Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) programs. This accreditation covers the next 10-year period.

The Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) is an organization that accredits nursing education programs. It falls under the American Association of Colleges of Nursing. The CCNE is located at 655 K Street, NW, Suite 750, Washington, D.C. 20001.

The accreditation  process ensures that education programs meet certain standards. Accreditation  addresses all aspects of the academic program – professors, curriculum, criteria for graduation, and more – and determines whether or not the program meets their high standards. The CCNE uses the same criteria to evaluate all nursing programs. Students completing a degree at a  CCNE-accredited institution are assured of a high quality educational experience. Programs are evaluated on the strict guidelines of the CCNE, and all CCNE-accredited programs are then held to those high standards.

According to the National Council of State Boards of Nursing, the full 10-year accreditation ensures that the program is solid, is meeting or exceeding guidelines set forth by the CCNE, and maintains up-to-date professional practice standards.

Interim Nursing Department Chairperson and Associate Professor of Nursing Lisa Rettenmeier shared, “We are honored and overjoyed to receive the full 10-year accreditation from the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) for the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) and Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) programs. The accreditation serves as a testament to the rigor and integrity of the Clarke Nursing program, the nursing faculty and staff, and the entire Clarke community.”

Acting President and Vice President for Academic Affairs Susan Burns said, “Clarke University has a rich history of excellence in our academic offerings and a strong reputation for undergraduate and graduate programs in health science fields. The CCNE’s recent reaffirmation of accreditation for the Bachelor of Science in Nursing and Doctor of Nursing Practice offers further external validation for the quality programming Clarke provides. The Nursing faculty and staff are to be commended for their efforts associated with the reaccreditation process, and commitment to providing quality educational experiences for our students. At Clarke, students benefit from having dedicated Nursing faculty who work as partners to produce graduates who go on to have successful careers and lives.”

For more information please contact Clarke’s Nursing Department at 563-588-6361 or email nursing@clarke.edu.