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Bronson School of Nursing awarded 10-year accreditation

Nov. 15, 2007

KALAMAZOO--Western Michigan University's Bronson School of Nursing has been awarded a coveted 10-year accreditation by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.

The CCNE is an autonomous accrediting agency, which evaluates the quality and integrity of baccalaureate and graduate nursing programs. Previously, WMU's nursing school had been awarded five-year accreditation by the commission. A 10-year accreditation is the maximum accreditation time allotted.

A three-member accreditation team conducted an on-site visit of the Bronson School of Nursing April 19-21. At its fall meeting, the CCNE Board of Commissioners granted the 10-year accreditation of WMU's baccalaureate degree program in nursing.

While voluntary, CCNE accreditation provides benefits to the school in assuring the public that the program meets its stated mission, goals and expected outcomes. CCNE accreditation provides evidence of the quality of the program and the educational preparation of its nursing graduates.

The WMU School of Nursing was launched as an innovative, community-based nursing school in 1994. In 1999, the school was renamed the WMU Bronson School of Nursing. In addition to its baccalaureate program, the school has a newly launched graduate nursing program, which will seek accreditation in April 2008.

Media contact: Mark Schwerin, (269) 387-8400, mark.schwerin@wmich.edu

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