The Department of Nursing at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff (UAPB) hosted a successful accreditation site visit with the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). A team of three (3) site visitors reviewed the baccalaureate program October 17-19, 2016. 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.
CCNE serves the public interest by assessing and identifying programs that engage in effective educational practices. As a voluntary, self-regulatory process, CCNE accreditation supports and encourages continuing self-assessment by nursing programs and supports continuing growth and improvement of collegiate professional education and nurse residency programs. The CCNE accredits more than 1000 nursing education degree programs throughout the United States.
The UAPB baccalaureate nursing program was reviewed based on the CCNE Standards for Accreditation of Baccalaureate and Graduate Nursing Programs (2013). The Accreditation Standards incorporate The Essentials of Baccalaureate Education for Professional Nursing Practice (2008) prepared by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN).
The next steps in the accreditation process include review of the Team’s report by the CCNE Accreditation Review Committee (ARC). The ARC will make a confidential recommendation regarding a proposed action to be taken by the CCNE Board. After reviewing the recommendations by the ARC, the CCNE Board of Commissioners will make the final accreditation decision. The Board may accept the ARC recommendation or it may choose an alternative action that it believes appropriate. The final results of the process will be disclosed Spring 2017.
For more information about the CCNE accreditation process, visit http://www.aacn.nche.edu/ccne-accreditation .