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BSC Baccalaureate Nursing Program Receives Maximum Continuing Accreditation from Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education

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(Bluefield)—Bluefield State College’s Baccalaureate Nursing (BSN) program has been granted continuing national accreditation by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), a national accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.  The BSC program received continuing accreditation for the maximum ten-year period, through the year 2019.  CCNE, as the only national accrediting agency to focus exclusively on baccalaureate, masters, and doctoral education programs in nursing education, ensures the quality and integrity of higher-education degree programs preparing effective nursing professionals.

“CCNE accreditation means the BSC BSN program meets the highest standards and meets the needs of students, equipping our graduates to provide high quality nursing care to the people of this region,” noted program director Beth Pritchett.   “Our program meets the needs of working RNs with a design that utilizes ‘blended learning,’ combining face-to-face instruction and online courses.”

About the BSC BSN program

For nearly 20 years, the BSC Baccalaureate Nursing Program has provided learning opportunities for acquiring the knowledge base and skills to practice nursing at the professional level.  A broad perspective of nursing practices is presented in relation to management, leadership, values and ethics, critical analysis, research, and the application of the nursing process to families and other groups in the communities.

Program faculty include Beth Pritchett (Associate Professor & Program Director), Betty Nash (Associate Professor), and Dr. Betty Rader (Professor and Dean/School of Nursing & Allied Health).  The program was first accredited by the National League for Nursing in 1992 and has attained and maintained continuing national accreditation by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education since 1999.  The BSC BSN program is offered in both Bluefield and Beckley.

BSC BSN Program to be offered online in the future

“Because of its success on a regional level, the BSC Baccalaureate Nursing Program is preparing to seek Higher Learning Commission approval to provide the entire degree program online,” Dr. Rader stated.  “Once approval is obtained, this program will be available throughout the United States.”

About CCNE

The Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) is an autonomous accrediting agency, contributing to the improvement of the public’s health. CCNE ensures the quality and integrity of baccalaureate and graduate education programs preparing effective nurses. CCNE serves the public interest by assessing and identifying programs that engage in effective educational practices. As a voluntary, self-regulatory process, CCNE accreditation supports and encourages continuing self-assessment by nursing education programs and supports continuing growth and improvement of collegiate professional education.

The Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 530, Washington, DC, 20036, 202-887-6791.