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New nursing program earns national accreditation

Monday, October 11, 2004

The charter class of 20 nursing students who received their baccalaureate degrees on May 9 had the honor of graduating from a program that meets the highest national standards. Their bragging rights are the result of full accreditation of the SCSU Department of Nursing Science by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.

The department's accreditation is for the maximum possible period, five years. Department chair Susan J. Warner pointed out that the "prestigious, national accreditation is the highest mark of excellence a department can receive." Accreditation is not required, but successful completion of the voluntary quality review process is universally recognized by the healthcare industry.

It is anticipated that another 33 nursing students will earn their degrees next spring, bringing to 53 the number of SCSU graduates who will help alleviate the acute shortage of nurses in central and rural Minnesota.

SCSU developed the baccalaureate nursing program in cooperation with the greater community, including St. Cloud Hospital, HealthPartners, Veterans
Affairs Medical Center, and other regional healthcare industry partners.

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