School of Nursing prepares for accreditation visits
The McAuley School of Nursing is preparing for visits next year by teams from two accreditation bodies: the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC) and the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). The NLNAC will arrive in February, followed by the CCNE in April.
The School was fully accredited by the NLNAC in 1999. It will be a first
visit for the CCNE, a relatively new organization established in the 1990s.
As part of their evaluations, the accreditation groups will meet with UDM students, faculty and administrators, as well as other stakeholders, such as graduates and employers.
In the meantime, the School is required to prepare a “self-evaluation” report, measuring its success in achieving its mission, and reviewing its governance, standards, faculty, curriculum, resources and more. It’s a big task, requiring “a total school effort,” but a valuable process to go through, according to Judith Lewis, School of Nursing associate dean.
“It’s a continuous self-improvement model,” she explains. “All the effort goes back into making our programs even better.”
Nurse Anesthesia faculty and students prepare for accreditation visit
An accrediation site visit for the Nurse Anesthesia program is upcoming in late spring. The program is fully accredited by the Council on Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs, a specialized accrediting body recognized by the US Department of Education and the Council on Higher Education Accredtation.
Work has already begun to prepare faculty and students for this critical
"Accreditation is important because it teaches new faculty,
students, and affiliated hospitals the quality standards. Our faculty
participate as site visitors themselves, as do several others in the College
of Health Professions. This shows how much we value the accreditation
process," says Nurse Anesthesia Chair Mike Dosch.
Physician Assistant Program receives accreditation
The Physician Assistant Program completed a successful continuing accreditation process and was awarded full accreditation status with no recommendations by the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant in October.