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May 11, 2010

Patricia Adams

University of Maryland School of Nursing's Programs Awarded Maximum Five Year Accreditation

Baltimore, Md. – The Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) recently granted its maximum first time accreditation of five years to the University of Maryland School of Nursing’s undergraduate and graduate programs following a rigorous onsite evaluation and assessment of the curricula. The three programs – all previously accredited by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission – were the Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Master of Science, and Doctor of Nursing Practice; the PhD program was reviewed separately through the University of Maryland, Baltimore Graduate School.

To receive accreditation by CCNE, programs must meet quality standards in four areas: Mission and Governance; Institutional Commitment and Resources; Curriculum, Teaching-Learning Practices, and Individual Student Learning Outcomes; and Aggregate Student Performance and Faculty Accomplishments.

“We are pleased that the School of Nursing earned the maximum term awarded by CCNE for initial evaluation,” says Patricia Gonce Morton, PhD, RN, CRNP, FAAN, associate dean for academic affairs, who led the School’s evaluation team. “And, importantly, CCNE’s accreditation was given unequivocally, without a single compliance concern.”

Officially recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education as a national accreditation agency, CCNE is an autonomous accrediting agency contributing to the improvement of the public’s health. CCNE ensures the quality and integrity of baccalaureate, graduate, and residency programs in nursing.

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