Frostburg State University's rapidly growing Bachelor of Science in Nursing program has achieved accreditation from the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, an essential step in the development of the young program.
"I am so pleased that the online R.N. to B.S.N. program at Frostburg State University has been fully accredited by CCNE. This is a true indicator of the quality of this program and the rigor that it contains,” said FSU President Jonathan Gibralter. “In today’s world of technology and online education, it is critically important to maintain the very highest of quality so that our BSN graduates are fully prepared when they graduate to advance in their careers.”
FSU’s B.S.N. is a completion program designed for licensed registered nurses who wish to earn a bachelor’s degree. The program is presented entirely online, except for required clinical hours, which can be completed in sites near students’ homes. It prepares its graduates to assume roles in leadership, complex clinical care coordination and public and community health, and provides the academic foundation for graduate study. It can be completed in as little as 18 months, depending on prerequisite courses.
“Our program fills an important gap for working professionals who have little time in their very busy lives. They can literally earn their BSN from anywhere in the country through this program, while still having real-time interaction with faculty," Gibralter said.
FSU graduated its first nursing students in May 2011; the CCNE site visit in April ensured that all of those students hold a degree from an accredited program, a requirement of graduate programs in nursing, according to Heather Gable, chair of the FSU Department of Nursing and coordinator of the program.
As of the fall 2011 semester, 32 students were enrolled in the program that first received approval in 2008.
For accreditation with CCNE, schools must demonstrate that their mission and governance, institutional commitment and resources, curriculum and teaching-learning practices, and program effectiveness meet the standards set by CCNE.
Accreditation by CCNE will allow FSU to pursue its next goal of developing and seeking approval for a Master of Science in Nursing program, also anticipated to be an online program. Its focus will be on preparing faculty members for collegiate nursing programs, a field experiencing both a regional and national shortage, according to Dr. Joseph Hoffman, dean of the FSU College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.
FSU’s RN to BSN completion program was developed in coordination with Allegany College of Maryland, which offers RN degrees. Gable hopes that the ease of transition between the two programs will encourage young people in the region. “We want to show individuals that you can now pursue a four-year nursing degree in your own backyard.”
For more information about FSU's RN to BSN program, visit the website at www.frostburg.edu/nursing or call 301-687-4791.
Officially recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education as a national accreditation agency, CCNE (1 Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 530, Washington, D.C. 20036; 202-887-6791) is an autonomous accrediting agency, contributing to the improvement of the public’s health. CCNE ensures the quality and integrity of baccalaureate, graduate and residency programs in nursing and serves the public interest by assessing and identifying programs that engage in effective educational practices. For more information about CCNE, visit www.aacn.nche.edu/ccne-accreditation.
Situated in the mountains of Allegany County, Frostburg State University is one of the 12 institutions of the University System of Maryland. FSU is a comprehensive, residential regional university and serves as an educational and cultural center for Western Maryland. For more information, visit www.frostburg.edu or www.facebook.com/frostburgstateuniversity.