Spring Hill College MSN program awarded maximum accreditation from Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education

Tue, 06/05/2012 - 2:30pm

Mobile, AL – Spring Hill College’s Division of Nursing Master of Science in Nursing, Clinical Nurse Leader (MSN-CNL) program has once again been granted the maximum accreditation status from the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). The accreditation is valid for a 10-year period.

Officially recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education as a national accreditation agency, CCNE is an autonomous accrediting agency, contributing to the improvement of the public's health. CCNE accreditation ensures the quality and integrity of baccalaureate, graduate and residency programs in nursing.

“I am pleased that the MSN program received the maximum continued accreditation from CCNE. Continued accreditation indicates that the MSN program continues to meet the high standards set by CCNE and speaks highly of our program, our faculty and our students,” said Dr. Ola Fox, DNS, GNP, CNL, the MSN program director at the College.

CCNE assesses and identifies programs that engage in effective educational practices. As a voluntary, self-regulatory process, CCNE accreditation supports and encourages continuing self-assessment by nursing programs and supports continuing growth and improvement of collegiate professional education and post-baccalaureate nurse residency programs.

A self-study was prepared last summer that was presented to and reviewed by the CCNE peer review committee prior to and during their site visit last fall. The study examines each component of the program, its mission, goals, expected outcomes, and conducts an assessment of the performance or success rate. One measure of success is the pass rate on the national certification exam.

“Spring Hill students’ pass rate for the CNL certification exam is above the national exam pass rate,” Fox said. “This is a rewarding accomplishment for our students and our faculty.”

The MSN CNL program at Spring Hill was launched in the spring of 2006, and received the initial maximum accreditation in that same year, prior to graduating its first class graduating class of 3 in 2007. Since that time, more than 75 students have completed the program.

The Clinical Nurse Leader role was developed and implemented in 2005 by American Association of Colleges of Nursing to help serve growing health care needs. The CNL is a master’s educated generalist practitioner who relies on evidence-based practice, and manages care for distinct patient groups. Spring Hill’s program is unique in that it allows nurses with associate degrees to move easily into a masters program and also offers a post-master’s certificate for master’s prepared nurses who would like to be eligible to take the certification exam.

For more information on Spring Hill College’s MSN-CNL program visit www.shc.edu/msn or call (251) 380-3094.

* The Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education is located at One DuPont Circle, NW, Suite 530, Washington, D.C. 20036, phone: (202) 887-6791.