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28 October 2005

College of Nursing and Health Sciences Reaccredited

By Leslie Gober
JSU News Bureau

Jacksonville State University's College of Nursing and Health Sciences recently gained reaccreditation through December 2015.

The college received the news from the Commission of Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), which rules on accreditation for more than 78% of all nursing schools across the United States.  CCNE is an autonomous accrediting agency that ensures the quality and integrity of baccalaureate and graduate nursing programs.

CCNE made an onsite visit to JSU March 7-9. Representatives observed classes and students' clinical experiences.

JSU won reaccredited for its bachelor's degree and the master's programs in nursing.

Dr. Sarah Latham, dean of nursing, said accreditation standards are extremely rigorous in the profession of nursing.

JSU's College of Nursing and Health Sciences has always been accredited, and the main goal of the college is to produce well-trained nurses to practice health care with the highest level of competence.

Dr. Beth Hembry wrote the accreditation self study for the college. Dr. Latham cited Dr. Hembry's efforts in facilitating the successful accreditation review.

The College of Nursing and Health Sciences is growing so rapidly it expects to admit 100 more students into its program this coming spring than last. Dr. Latham said, "The numbers of students seem to be growing on a daily basis."

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