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March 30, 2010
Contact: Sarah Perry
MUW nursing programs score high on accreditation site visit
COLUMBUS, Miss – An accreditation site visit from the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) found that Mississippi University for Women’s Bachelor of Science in Nursing and Master of Science in Nursing programs met all standards and key elements.
According to Dr. Sheila Adams, dean of the College of Nursing and Speech-Language Pathology, the accreditation results were outstanding and attest to the ongoing quality of the MUW nursing programs.
There are four main accreditation standards with a total of 26 key elements. The accreditation site visitors found that both programs met all standards and all key elements. No weaknesses were identified in either program, she said, however, several strengths were given including faculty members’ passion for teaching, the excellent leadership provided by the dean and program directors, strong clinical experiences for students, strong focus on leadership preparation, excellent licensure and certification pass rates, well prepared graduates, strong student pride in their educational preparation and strong community and university support for the nursing programs.
In addition, the site visitors were impressed with the strong research background of the nursing students in undergraduate and graduate research and the quality of the research studies done by students each year. The nursing college was commended for its high standards in nursing education as well as the faculty for their caring attitude and strong commitment to student success.
Adams said, “The result of this recent accreditation review reinforces the recognition of the nursing programs at Mississippi University for Women as being among the best in this region. Faculty members constantly monitor the latest trends in patient care and update the curriculum and learning opportunities to guarantee our students are well prepared to enter the profession.”
The CCNE, the accrediting body for baccalaureate and higher degree nursing programs, is the officially recognized national accreditation agency of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing, which establishes quality standards for baccalaureate and graduate nursing education and assists nursing programs to implement those standards.