Reinhardt University’s Bachelor of Science in Nursing now is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, officials said.

The CCNE Board of Commissioners approved Reinhardt’s application for accreditation for its Bachelor of Science in Nursing during its October meeting.

The commission is a national accreditation agency that assesses and identifies programs that engage in effective educational practices. As a voluntary, self-regulatory process, CCNE accreditation supports and encourages nursing programs’ self-assessment, growth and improvement.

“Reinhardt University is proud of the Cauble School of Nursing and Health Sciences for achieving this important milestone,” Reinhardt President Kina Mallard said in a statement. “The nursing dean and faculty have developed a high-quality program that is gaining attention and accolades throughout the state. This December, we will graduate our first cohort of students who have already received job offers to meet the healthcare needs in North Georgia.”

The new accreditation comes as Reinhardt prepares to graduate its first class of nursing students in the program on Dec. 12.

The rigorous accreditation process took nearly two years, with commission officials visiting Reinhardt last February.

“The accreditation process takes years, and is a process,” said Cauble School of Nursing and Health Sciences Dean Glynis Blackard. “Schools of nursing can only achieve this voluntary prestigious accreditation after meeting the standards of other regulatory agencies. RUCSONHS had to meet (Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges) standards and meet the leveling process through the Georgia Board of Nursing before applying to CCNE.”

The Cauble School currently holds initial accreditation from the Georgia Board of Nursing. The program inducted its first class at the beginning of last year.

“Graduates from nursing schools that are accredited are able to share with potential employers that they have completed a rigorous program,” Blackard said. “It signals to the employer that this program has met stringent criteria and the employer can expect a high level of skill and knowledge from these graduates. Many graduate schools require that pre-licensure education be from an accredited program.”

Blackard said the accreditation “belongs to everyone,” including many offices on campus, as well as faculty and staff members who contributed to the process, adding CCNE accreditation provides a level of prestige to the school of nursing and Reinhardt.

“It will help Reinhardt University’s Cauble School of Nursing and Health Sciences share that the program meets high standards and will help attract prospective students,” she said. “Accreditation also benefits the community we serve, as the accreditation standards and the process of meeting the standards encourage the elevation of education processes and provides the community with highly educated nurses.”

The Cauble School of Nursing and Health Sciences is enrolling now for the January 2020 semester. For more, visit Reinhardt.edu.

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