The Bemidji State University Nursing Program is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.
In 2008, the BSU Nursing program received accreditation for 10 years, the maximum duration that can be awarded to a program. The accreditation, which covers the School of Nursing’s baccalaureate tracks, was awarded during a vote of the CCNE Board of Commissioners in April 2008 and continues through June 30, 2018.
Accreditation is a mark of quality. It ensures that a program’s educational processes and outcomes are congruent and that the faculty reviews those processes and outcomes and make changes when indicated.
Bemidji State’s next accreditation visit from the CCNE is planned for the fall of 2017.
The Associate Degree (AS/RN) and Diploma (PN) programs are currently in candidacy status with the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, an esteemed national accreditation agency.
An update on our accreditation process and plan:
- Accreditation is a formal method to indicate that programs have met prescribed educational parameters. Activities include self-evaluation, measuring curriculum against standards, and a focus on quality improvement.
- NTC’s nursing programs currently engage in quality-improvement activities to prepare for application for national accreditation candidacy. It is our goal to submit our self-study to ACEN within the next two years (prior to December 2016).
- The program is in candidacy with ACEN. It has been approved by the Minnesota Board of Nursing. Prospective students have the opportunity to determine whether the program meets their needs.
Obtaining the national accreditation designation will be an affirmation of high standards of nursing education.