WVU School of Nursing programs earn reaccreditation

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – The Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) will reaccredit two West Virginia University School of Nursing programs – the bachelor of science in nursing (B.S.N.) and the master of science in nursing (M.S.N.) – for 10 years, the maximum period allowed.

In addition, the new doctor of nursing practice (D.N.P.) nursing program has earned initial accreditation, also for the maximum period, five years. The online degree program is one of the first four D.N.P. programs in the country to earn accreditation.  WVU’s first D.N.P. graduate is Emily Barnes, who will receive her degree on May 16.

“This affirms the quality of our programs and is a tribute to all those who have built, taught and supported our nursing program over the past half century,” said Georgia L. Narsavage, Ph.D., R.N., dean of the School of Nursing. “We are especially proud because the commission has accredited the new D.N.P. program for the maximum five years rather than the minimum three years.”

The accreditation includes programs at the Charleston Division and WVU-Tech Division as well as the R.N.-to-B.S.N. program at WVU-Parkersburg and the B.S.N. program partnerships with Glenville State College and Potomac State College. The R.N.-to-B.S.N., M.S.N. and D.N.P. programs are offered in online formats that provide access to students across the state, country and world.

“The CCNE sets a high standard for baccalaureate and graduate nursing programs, and we're extremely pleased to have earned accreditation,” said Fred Butcher, Ph.D., interim vice president for health sciences.

Narsavage agreed.  “As we continue to build our nursing program, the CCNE recognition validates the academic quality and high standards of the WVU nursing programs that inform our curriculum and programmatic values.”

The accreditation process included a CCNE site evaluation team visit this past November.

WVU’s School of Nursing has the largest enrollment of nursing students in West Virginia.  For information on programs, contact Stuart Wells at 304-293-1600  or  swells@hsc.wvu.edu.

For information on the School of Nursing see http://www.hsc.wvu.edu/son/.




For more information:
Andrea Brunais, HSC News Service, 304-293-7087
AB: 5-7-09

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