Southern Vermont College Announces Nursing Accreditation by Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)

May 29, 2015

Southern Vermont College (SVC) is pleased to announce that its Baccalaureate Nursing program has recently been awarded accreditation by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). SVC President David Evans made the announcement with a statement to the College community praising the program and SVC nursing leaders--Division Chair Mary Botter, Ph.D., and the faculty and staff, who developed the new BSN program and shepherded the accreditation process. “This Division is committed to excellence in nursing and has worked diligently to meet the standards of a rigorous nursing and health care program,” Evans said.

“We are proud of the new Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree program,” Botter stated. “The CCNE accreditation affirms the quality of our curriculum, faculty and the College. Our students benefit from a strong academic curriculum based on the art and science of nursing as well as outstanding clinical learning opportunities in local and regional health care organizations.”

The CCNE granted the accreditation at its April 2015 meeting with the determination that SVC fully met the Standards for Accreditation of Baccalaureate Programs. The accreditation is retroactive to the date of the site visit in October 2014, and extends to June 30, 2020, the maximum time period granted to new programs.

SVC utilizes several local and regional health care organizations for clinical education, including a partnership with Southwestern Vermont Health Care (SVHC), which also employs many SVC graduate nurses. SVHC Chief Nursing Officer Carol Conroy was pleased by the SVC accreditation news, as an affirmation of the quality of the SVC program. “It is so important to have a high-quality nursing program within our community,” Conroy stated. “We have several SVC graduate nurses on our staff, and they provide the exemplary professional practice one would expect at a Magnet-designated hospital.”
 
SVC’s Division of Nursing offers the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree with two tracks. The Pre-Licensure BSN track is designed for individuals who wish to achieve a BSN and upon graduation be eligible to sit for the NCLEX-RN examination. The RN-BSN track is designed for registered nurses who wish to continue their education and achieve a BSN.

Opportunities for SVC nursing graduates include employment in every specialty including pediatrics, critical care, obstetrics, medical, surgical and psychiatric nursing within the acute care setting as well as in non-acute care settings such as primary care, long-term care, community health and hospice care. The graduates are eligible to continue their professional academic development with the pursuit of master's and doctoral degrees, which provide for greater career mobility. Advanced nursing roles include clinical nurse specialists, nurse practitioners, certified nurse anesthetists, certified nurse midwives, case managers, nurse educators, nurse administrators and nurse researchers. SVC’s nursing graduates work in health care organizations across the nation.

Officially recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education as a national accreditation agency, CCNE is an autonomous accrediting agency contributing to the improvement of the public's health. CCNE ensures the quality and integrity of baccalaureate, graduate and post-baccalaureate residency programs in nursing. The CCNE is the only nursing-accrediting agency dedicated exclusively to the accreditation of bachelors and graduate-degree nursing education programs.

CCNE serves the public interest by assessing and identifying programs that engage in effective educational practices. As a voluntary, self-regulatory process, CCNE accreditation supports and encourages continuing self-assessment by nursing programs and supports continuing growth and improvement of collegiate professional education and post-baccalaureate nurse residency programs.

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Information about SVC:
Founded in 1926, Southern Vermont College offers a career-enhancing, liberal arts education with 15 academic degree programs for approximately 500 students. SVC recognizes the importance of educating students for the workplace of the twenty-first century and as successful leaders in their communities. SVC’s athletic teams are part of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division III and the New England Collegiate Conference (NECC). The College is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges and has been designated by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching as a Community-Engagement Classification institution.

Information about CCNE:
Officially recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education as a national accreditation agency, the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) is an autonomous accrediting agency, contributing to the improvement of the public's health. CCNE ensures the quality and integrity of baccalaureate, graduate, and residency programs in nursing. CCNE serves the public interest by assessing and identifying programs that engage in effective educational practices. As a voluntary, self-regulatory process, CCNE accreditation supports and encourages continuing self-assessment by nursing programs and supports continuing growth and improvement of collegiate professional education and post-baccalaureate nurse residency programs. Additional information on CCNE is available at http://www.aacn.nche.edu/ccne-accreditation.

Accreditation Term
An accreditation term is the period during which the program’s accreditation status remains valid as long as certain conditions have been met. The dates on which accreditation becomes effective and on which it ceases are important because accreditation status sometimes establishes eligibility of a program for participation in certain federal programs and/or establishes the qualifications of graduates to pursue certain career opportunities. For all programs that are granted initial accreditation by CCNE and for all programs whose accreditation is continued by CCNE, the effective date of CCNE accreditation is retroactive to the first day of that program’s most recent CCNE on-site evaluation.