Western University of Health Sciences’ College of Graduate Nursing has received a 10-year accreditation from the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).

CGN previously received a 10-year accreditation in 2006. Less than 40 percent of nursing colleges in the nation achieve a 10-year accreditation, said College of Graduate Nursing Interim Dean Mary Lopez, PhD, RN.

“The nursing profession is changing dramatically and constantly evolving. From researcher to clinician to change agent, the magnitude of the profession is much more than meets the eye. Graduate nursing education is keeping pace with the changing health environment,” Lopez said. “Our 10-year accreditation from CCNE demonstrates the faculty and staff commitment to keeping their eye on trends, being thoughtful yet nimble in delivering a strong curriculum, and always keeping our students and the patients they serve at the center of our decisions.”

The Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education is an autonomous accrediting agency contributing to the improvement of the public’s health. The commission ensures the quality and integrity of baccalaureate, graduate, and residency programs in nursing, according to the CCNE website. The commission 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 programs and supports continuing growth and improvement of collegiate professional education and entry-to-practice nurse residency programs.