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University of Maryland School of Nursing Programs Receive Accreditation from Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education

June 3, 2015

UMSON was compliant on all standards reviewed.

Baltimore, Md. – The University of Maryland School of Nursing (UMSON) is pleased to announce that its baccalaureate, master’s, Doctor of Nursing Practice, and post-graduate advanced practice registered nurse certificate programs have been granted a 10-year accreditation from the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). During the accreditation process, CCNE visitors examined the quality and integrity of the nursing programs at UMSON. 

Throughout its evaluation, CCNE focused on four standards of program quality and effectiveness: mission and governance, resources, curriculum, and program outcomes. CCNE found UMSON to be compliant on all standards reviewed. Highlights from CCNE’s findings include extensive representation and participation of faculty, students and staff in program governance; exemplary resources available to faculty and students; the use of a variety of teaching-learning practices with an environment to support the needs of diverse learners in an educational learning environment; and a comprehensive evaluation plan consistent with the mission, identified standards of practice, and program goals and expected program outcomes.

“CCNE’s accreditation is an important method of validating the School’s ongoing quality of education and shows its commitment to faculty and student success,” said Kathleen M. Buckley, PhD, MS ’76, BSN ’73, RN, IBCLC, associate professor, who served as UMSON’s lead coordinator of the CCNE review. “This evaluation also confirms that there is oversight over the nursing program, which shows our students, alumni, and community partners that the School has accountability and integrity.”

Officially recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education as a national accreditation agency, CCNE is exclusively committed to ensuring the quality and integrity of baccalaureate and master's degree programs in nursing. UMSON’s accreditation is effective through June 30, 2025.

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The University of Maryland School of Nursing, founded in 1889, is one of the oldest and largest nursing schools, and is ranked sixth nationally. Enrolling more than 1,600 students in its baccalaureate, master’s, and doctoral programs, the School develops leaders who shape the profession of nursing and impact the health care environment.