Froelich School of Nursing Receives Professional Accreditation
Assumption University’s Froelich School of Nursing has announced that its baccalaureate degree program in nursing has been officially accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). The accreditation came just one week after the announcement of the 100% NCLEX-RN® pass rate for first time test writers in the program’s inaugural class.
“The CCNE site evaluation team joined us April 3-5, 2023 to validate the self-study report that the school submitted on February 1, 2023,” said Dean of the Froelich School of Nursing Caitlin Stover. “Professional accreditation is a laborious process that is months in the making. It is a team-process requiring all faculty, staff, and students to be articulate in each standard. I am proud of the commitment each individual made to making this a successful process.”
Professional accreditation is highly important to the nursing program, as it is a quality improvement process that, once awarded to a program, indicates that the university and the program are committed to providing a high-quality nursing education.
The accreditation process is one that takes into consideration many facets of a nursing program, including the congruence between the institution and the nursing program; physical, academic, and clinical resources and facilities; faculty credentials and experience; and other data points such as NCLEX-RN® pass rates, graduation rates, and employment rates. The process of collecting data from faculty, staff, students, alumni, and members of the community is the first step in the quality improvement process. Implementing action and documenting a follow up evaluation completes the process.
“Receiving this accreditation opens up more opportunities for us as students,” said Kerry Hirsch, a nursing major from the class of 2025. “Being officially accredited allows us to continue our education after we receive our degrees from Assumption and opens the door to more job opportunities in the field of nursing.”
Nurses from the classes of 2024 and later have been reassured that their nursing education is one of excellence due to the 100 percent NCLEX-RN® passing rate and the reception of the official accreditation notice from the accrediting body.
“We were super excited for the class of 2023 when we heard about the 100 percent NCLEX-RN® pass rates,” said Molly Jordan, a nursing major from the class of 2025. “It makes us, along with the news of accreditation, as undergraduates, confident that the courses we are taking will set us up for success in the future.”
The baccalaureate degree program in nursing at Assumption University is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, http://www.ccneaccreditation.org.