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.
Pass Rate Data
Our programs maintain graduation data and certification pass rate data on all classes admitted to the program. While the school does not post this information to the school’s website, it is Penn Nursing’s policy to make this data readily available for any applicant or current student. An applicant may inquire about these data points during the required Admissions interview, and a current student may inquire at any time during her/his course of study. During on-campus “Preview Days,” applicants also hear a formal presentation which includes data on attrition, graduation rates, and certification pass rates.
To inquire about data points for a program, please contact our Admissions office.
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 2023.
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 Nursing's Nurse Anethesia Program is fully accredited through 2015. The Accreditation Commission for Midwifery Education (ACME) recently reviewed Penn Nursing's Nurse-Midwifery Program and extended reaccreditation to 2021.