UF College of Nursing Programs Reaccredited
The Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education has awarded the maximum 10-year reaccreditation to the University of Florida College of Nursing’s Bachelor of Science in Nursing and Master of Science in Nursing degree programs. The commission also granted the best possible initial five-year accreditation to the college’s Doctor of Nursing Practice program.
The commission is an autonomous accrediting agency that ensures the quality and integrity of baccalaureate, graduate and residency programs in nursing. The group’s evaluators spent three days at the college in 2011 and noted the competence and professionalism of the college’s students, faculty and staff. In its accreditation review, the commission did not cite compliance concerns for any of the college’s degree programs.
“These results reaffirm the quality of our nursing education programs,” said Kathleen Ann Long, Ph.D., R.N., dean of the UF College of Nursing. “The outcome is the result of the hard work of all of the members of our college community as well as the support of our university leaders and clinical partners. We are proud to prepare excellent clinicians and leaders committed to improving practice and advancing the profession.”
Throughout its history, the college has pioneered innovative nursing education models such as the first nurse practitioner and first Ph.D. programs in Florida, and more recently the Clinical Nurse Leader Master’s degree program and the Doctor of Nursing Practice program. More than 700 undergraduate students and 300 graduate students are enrolled in the college.
“Nursing is a critical component of our health care system. On behalf of the UF&Shands Health System, I am very proud of the quality of our nursing education programs,” said David S. Guzick, M.D., Ph.D., UF senior vice president for health affairs and president of the UF&Shands health system. “The CCNE results are a testament to the strength of faculty and students in the College of Nursing, and they should be commended for this accomplishment.”