Mount’s nursing program receives highest level of accreditation from CCNE

By: Jill Eichhorn

File Under: bsn, dnp, msn, nclex, nursing, rn-bsn

The College of Mount St. Joseph’s nursing program received a 10-year accreditation for its baccalaureate and master’s degree nursing programs from the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). A 10-year accreditation is the maximum number of years that CCNE awards. CCNE is an independent accrediting agency that manages the accreditation of nursing colleges in the United States.

“This accreditation is significant because after a rigorous investigation, CCNE determined our bachelor’s and master’s degree programs in nursing meet the high-caliber criteria used to designate nursing schools,” said Sue Johnson, dean of health sciences at the Mount. “Employers know a nursing degree from the Mount turns out top-notch nurses who become health care leaders in their specialties.”

CCNE’s report showed the Mount meets all four accreditation standards. The Mount’s BSN program had a 95.45% pass rate on the NCLEX this year. The Masters Graduate Entry Level in Nursing (MAGELIN) program has a six-year NCLEX pass rate of 97.80%. The Mount’s health sciences learning lab, which opened in May 2010, enables faculty to teach more real-life lessons to smaller groups, increasing the amount of hands-on learning. The lab includes a high fidelity simulation lab using SimMan 3G technology, an IV simulation room, a 12-bed station updated skills lab that mimics the hospital room of today. 

“Nursing is a growing career field and a BSN offers many opportunities for career growth,” Johnson said. “Nurses who receive a superior education and are career-ready by the time they graduate, are the gold standard for what employers like to find, and what patients expect for their care.”

The Mount’s nursing program continues to grow as well. The Mount now offers more graduate degrees for nurses including a master of science in nursing (MSN) with a nurse educator and administration track and a doctor of nursing practice (DNP) with an administration and advanced practice track. In addition, the Mount’s successful RN-BSN program will begin to be offered in an online format in May 2013. The Mount is currently accepting applications for the MSN and DNP tracks for fall 2013. 

The College of Mount St. Joseph is an undergraduate and graduate Catholic college that provides an interdisciplinary liberal arts and professional curriculum emphasizing values, service and social responsibility.