Hallmarks of Educational Quality
What is accreditation and why is it so important?
Accreditation is a process by which an academic program demonstrates a consistent and ongoing course of action through which activities are evaluated for their ability to facilitate the accomplishment of program goals and the achievement of expected outcomes. Consequently, achievement of national nursing program accreditation is the hallmark of educational quality.
Penn Nursing Accreditation
The Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), a division of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing, is officially recognized by the U.S. Department of Education as an autonomous accrediting agency for baccalaureate and higher degree programs. Penn Nursing first achieved the maximum accreditation standing through this agency in 2004 and will undergo program review again in September 2013. Additionally, selected programs must meet the accreditation requirements of accrediting bodies specific for their specialty focus. The Council on Accreditation (COA) monitors the progress of nurse anesthesia programs; Penn’s program is fully accredited through 2015. The Accreditation Commission for Midwifery Education (ACME) recently reviewed the Nurse Midwifery program and extended reaccreditation to 2021.