ACEN Grants Continuing Accreditation to WWU School of Nursing

The Walla Walla University (WWU) School of Nursing was granted continuing accreditation for the Bachelor of Science nursing program with the removal of a warning by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) at a meeting of the ACEN July 9–10.

The decision came following an ACEN site visit and program review in February 2015 after WWU appealed a July 2014 decision by the ACEN to deny continuing accreditation of the program. The nursing program remained accredited throughout the appeal and review process.

“The quality of our nursing program and our graduates has been clearly demonstrated,” says Lucille Krull, WWU School of Nursing dean. “ACEN has not been concerned with our curriculum or our student outcomes.”

Graduates from the WWU School of Nursing consistently outperform the national pass rates on their National Council Licensure Examinations.

The initial denial of continued accreditation was issued when the university failed to meet one standard for graduate degree credentialing of School of Nursing instructors. That standard is that all WWU School of Nursing faculty must possess at least a master’s degree. As of January 2015, 100 percent of the nursing faculty had a master’s degree in nursing.

“Our nursing faculty are some of the most dedicated Christian professionals that I know, and I am pleased that ACEN has recognized this,” says Krull.

In addition to ACEN accreditation, the WWU nursing program is approved by the Washington State Nursing Commission and the Oregon State Board for Nursing.

To learn more about the WWU School of Nursing, visit wallawalla.edu/nursing or call 503-251-6115.

October 11, 2015 / Walla Walla University
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