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Byers School of Nursing Programs Earn National CCNE Accreditation

What's New, 2014-06-11

The Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) has announced that Walsh University's Byers School of Nursing programs have earned national accreditation for the baccalaureate degree in nursing, master's degree in nursing and Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP).

Earning national accreditation from CCNE ensures that Walsh's nursing programs meet the highest standards for nursing education. CCNE accreditation confirms that the education and training Walsh graduates have received meets the professional standards of quality and relevance to be successful in the healthcare industry.

CCNE is the premier national accreditation agency for baccalaureate, graduate and residency programs in nursing. Walsh's initial accreditation is marked effective as of October 30, 2013, the first day of CCNE on-site evaluation, and granted for a five-year term ending in 2019, at which point the University will be re-evaluated to ensure it still meets CCNE's standards for accreditation.

The Byers School of Nursing is Walsh University's largest academic program, with more than 330 students enrolled. Walsh graduates have a proven record of success by consistently earning high pass rates on the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX).

"The Byers School of Nursing faculty and administration are very proud to have achieved CCNE accreditation because it underscores our commitment to provide a nursing education that meets the highest standards for our students," said Dean Dr. Linda Linc. "This designation ensures we are providing students with a first-class educational experience that will best prepare them for whatever their professional future may hold, whether it is in the field of nursing or graduate school."

Accreditation by CCNE in essence holds nursing programs accountable to the community of interest – the nursing profession, consumer, employers, higher education, students and their families – and to one another by ensuring the program curriculum is appropriate to prepare individuals to fulfill their expected roles within the nursing profession.

Byers School of Nursing students are mentored to be creative and rational individuals ready to be both skilled nurses and compassionate and service-oriented leaders in their communities. Walsh nursing students participate in labs and have clinical experience in nearly every nursing course, which helps them to apply their classroom knowledge to real-world situations. Students go through supervised clinical experiences in areas like medical-surgical, obstetrics, mental health, pediatrics, critical care nursing and community health nursing. In addition, Walsh nursing students have access to a variety of clinical, research and community service. Many of Walsh's nursing graduates choose to further their education through the University's Master of Science in Nursing and Doctor of Nursing Practice programs.