CSU Master’s of Nursing Earns National Accreditation

COLUMBUS, Ga. — Columbus State University’s School of Nursing has achieved a major milestone, earning national accreditation for its Master of Science in Nursing.

This is very important because it highlights the quality of our graduate program and allows our graduates to continue doctoral study after graduating from an accredited program, if they desire,” said Cheryl Smith, director of CSU’s School of Nursing.

The Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education’s Board of Commissioners recommended in April that CCNE accredit the online MSN degree offered jointly by CSU with Georgia Southwestern University as the Georgia Intercollegiate Consortium for Graduate Nursing Education.

CCNE’s initial MSN accreditation is for five years, good through June 30, 2019.

CCNE reviewers came to campus for a site visit Sept. 18-20, 2013, to meet with program faculty, staff, university administrators and representatives of the local health care community. After reviewing the consortium’s self-study and the site visit, no program deficiencies were found and reviewers recommended accreditation.

CSU’s undergraduate nursing program also is accredited by CCNE and will begin its five-year review next February.

The Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education offers a nongovernmental peer review that focuses on nationally recognized standards. The organization’s mission statement outlines its intention to accomplish several purposes, including:

  • Holding nursing programs accountable to the local health care community.

  • Evaluating the success of a nursing program in achieving its own goals and meeting its expected outcomes.

  • Evaluating the extent to which a nursing program meets the standards for accreditation.

  • Implementing changes that can continue to improve nursing programs.

  • Informing the public about the value of accreditation.

The CSU-GSW Master of Science degree program allows students who are registered nurses to prepare for advanced practice roles, taking 36-38 credit hours of classes in an online format. The MSN offers three tracks, or concentrations: education, leadership and informatics, which focuses on health information technology. Nurses can complete the MSN in two academic years or four semesters of full-time study. June 30 is the deadline to apply for a fall 2014 start on the degree.

For more information, visit http://ColumbusState.edu/gradschool/coehp/nursing/nursing_ms.php.

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