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The UofL School of Nursing continues to offer quality nursing education, according to the national accrediting body for nursing schools, the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.

The school received notification this week that the baccalaureate and master’s degree programs continue to meet all of the organization’s accreditation standards following review of the continuous improvement progress report submitted by the program.

“Accreditation reflects the quality of our academic programs that meet national standards for our profession of nursing,” said Marcia J. Hern, EdD, RN, CNS, dean of the UofL School of Nursing. “Our recent notice indicates that over the past six years we have continuously improved our programs to meet and even exceed some standards.”

In 2011, the baccalaureate and master’s degree programs at the UofL School of Nursing were accredited by CCNE for 10 years, the maximum length of time the CCNE will re-accredit nursing programs. This week’s report affirms continuous improvement for the programs, as required by CCNE standards and procedures. According to its website, CCNE is an independent organization that ensures the quality and integrity of baccalaureate, graduate, and residency programs in nursing and supports continuing growth and improvement of collegiate professional education and entry-to-practice nurse residency programs.

The UofL School of Nursing confers bachelor’s, master’s and doctorate degrees through traditional and online courses, as well as an extension program in Owensboro, Kentucky. Newer degree programs include the Doctor of Nursing Practice program, which prepares nurses to be leaders in clinical, health policy and administrative positions, and the Master’s Entry into Professional Nursing program, designed for college graduates seeking to transition to a nursing career, equipping them with both bachelor’s and master’s degrees in nursing.

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Betty Coffman
Betty Coffman is a Health Communications Specialist, working on the Health Sciences Campus with departments in the School of Medicine. A UofL alumna and Louisville native, she served as a writer and editor for local and national publications and as an account services coordinator and copywriter for marketing and design firms prior to joining UofL’s Office of Marketing and Communications.