Mississippi University for Women’s Associate of Science in Nursing Program has been granted continuing accreditation by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) for the maximum period permitted.
The ACEN Board of Commissioners found the nursing program to be in full compliance with all accreditation standards at its March 2014 meeting and scheduled its next visit in 2021.
Six standards including 56 criteria in the areas of mission and administrative capacity; faculty and staff; students; curriculum; resources; and outcomes have to be met in order to receive continuing accreditation without conditions.
According to the latestACEN Action Report, 80 nursing programs were visited during spring 2013. Only 24 programs were in compliance with all standards.
“Our accreditation outcome is the result of faculty dedication to student success and commitment to quality. Faculty worked very hard gathering data, writing the self-study report and preparing for the site visit,” said Mary Jo Kirkpatrick, chair of the ASN Program. “Continuing accreditation without conditions is a tremendous accomplishment. We are very excited and proud of our success.”
Dr. Sheila Adams, dean for the College of Nursing and Speech-Language Pathology,
commended the department chair and faculty for the excellent program they have maintained since the program’s inception in 1971.
“The decision of ACEN reflects the ongoing quality of the program, department chair, faculty and staff,” she said.
The W’s Associate of Science in Nursing Program received its initial national accreditation in 1973 and has the distinction of being the first associate degree nursing program in Mississippi to achieve accreditation from a national nursing accrediting body.
Following The W’s lead, the other Mississippi associate degree nursing programs began seeking national accreditation in the mid to late 1970’s.
Today, The W’s ASN Program enrolls 50 students each fall and graduates between 42-50 students each spring.
The ACEN is responsible for the specialized accreditation of nursing education programs, both postsecondary and higher degree, which offer either a certificate, a diploma, or a recognized professional degree (clinical doctorate, master’s/post-master’s certificate, baccalaureate, associate, diploma and practical).