Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Saint Mary's Nursing Program Recognized by Premier Accrediting Agency

The bachelor of science in nursing degree completion program at Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota has received accreditation from the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education. Seventy students are enrolled in the program, which Saint Mary’s began in 2009 to help address the high demand for baccalaureate/bachelor prepared nurses and growing number of registered nurses wanting to earn a bachelor’s degree.

The Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education is an autonomous accrediting agency that identifies the highest-quality baccalaureate, graduate and residency programs in nursing that have effective educational practices and contribute to the improvement of the public’s health.

Saint Mary’s nursing program has a strong emphasis on the science of nursing, designed to enhance nurses’ clinical expertise and prepare them for advanced degrees. It also focuses on management to prepare nurses for leadership roles and follows an ethical patient-centered approach to nursing in diverse communities. Classes are held Monday-Thursday in the evenings on the university’s Minneapolis campus. The program offers flexible admission and start dates to support student success.

“Saint Mary’s provides quality, relevant, and rigorous nursing education based on the Lasallian principles of respect, accessibility, and flexibility, said Merri Moody, Dean of the School of Health and Human Services. The accreditation from the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education challenges us to continue improving our program to prepare Registered Nurses for professional nursing practice and graduate study.”

For more information, visit www.smumn.edu/nursing.