For more than two decades, New Mexico State University’s School of Nursing has continuously met or surpassed national standards to earn accreditation.
Recently, three of the school’s degree programs received the maximum 10-year reaccreditation from the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.
The reaccredited programs include the Bachelor of Science in nursing, the Master of Science in nursing and the Doctor of Nursing Practice, including two related postgraduate certificates.
“Our programs have met the highest standards in nursing education set by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education,” said Alexa Doig, director of NMSU’s School of Nursing, housed in the College of Health and Social Services. “This reaccreditation not only shows that our faculty are highly qualified, but also that our program and student outcomes meet national benchmarks.”
The BSN program, which admits 160 students per year at NMSU campuses in Las Cruces, Alamogordo and Grants, prepares graduates to become licensed registered nurses, while the MSN program prepares nurses to serve as health care leaders and administrators.
The three-year DPN program prepares nurses to become family nurse practitioners or psychiatric mental health nurse practitioners.
As part of the reaccreditation process, the School of Nursing prepared a 100-page report outlining how the three programs meet CCNE’s standards, Doig said. The areas of review included the programs’ curriculum, graduation rates, licensing and certification exam pass rates, student satisfaction, employment rates, research, scholarship productivity and other areas.
Five CCNE accreditors also conducted a site visit over multiple days last year to verify information in the self-study report, Doig said. The accreditors met and interviewed faculty, students, university administrators and community partners during their visit, she added.
After the review, CCNE determined the three programs met the standards for accreditation without any deficits. They are now fully accredited through 2029.
“For students aspiring to become registered nurses, it is essential they graduate from an accredited program, like one of our programs in the School of Nursing,” Doig said, noting that NMSU’s BSN and MSN programs have been continuously accredited by CCNE since 2011, after having been accredited by the National League of Nursing since 1996.
The DNP program received initial accreditation by CCNE in 2014, she added.
CHSS Interim Dean Sonya Cooper views the reaccreditation not just as a boon for the college, but also for the university and New Mexico, she said.
“With this reaccreditation, the School of Nursing will continue to foster and prepare qualified individuals to become health care professionals who can have a positive impact in communities throughout New Mexico,” she said. “This also helps NMSU achieve its long-term strategic goal of enhancing student success and social mobility.”
Author: Carlos Andres Lopez – NMSU