Campus: CSU Bakersfield -- October 18, 2002
The Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
(CCNE) Accredits CSU Bakersfield's Nursing Program for 10 Years
The Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) has accredited
California State University, Bakersfield's nursing program for 10 years.
The announcement was made to CSUB nursing department chair Candace Mears
in a letter from the CCNE Board of Commissioners.
The accreditation is the third affirmation of the quality of CSUB's
nursing program, which is also approved by the California Board of Registered
Nursing and accredited by the National League for Nursing Accrediting
The CCNE Board of Commissioners said it was granting "accreditation
of the baccalaureate and master's degree program in nursing at California
State University, Bakersfield for a term 10 years, extending to Dec.
Meares was delighted with the news. "Ten years is the maximum possible
length of accreditation from the CCNE," she said. "The length
of our accreditation speaks to the exceptional quality of our programs,
our qualified and dedicated faculty and to the continued support from
university administration for the Department of Nursing mission. This
is exciting news. We are the only nationally accredited nursing program
in Kern County."
The CCNE is the accrediting arm of the American Association of Colleges
of Nursing (AACN), a distinguished organization of nursing programs
at institutions that grant four-year and advanced degrees in nursing.
The CCNE accredits programs that offer baccalaureate, masters and doctoral
degrees in nursing.
The AACN is the national voice for America's baccalaureate- and higher-degree
nursing education programs. AACN's educational, research, governmental
advocacy, data collection, publications, and other programs work to
establish quality standards for bachelor's-degree and graduate-degree
nursing education, assist deans and directors to implement those standards,
influence the nursing profession to improve health care, and promote
public support of baccalaureate and graduate education, research, and
practice in nursing.
For more information about CSUB's nursing program, please call (661)
Media Contact: Mike Stepanovich, 661/664-2456