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CCNE grants accreditation to BSN degree completion program

Monday, November 18, 2013

FREDERICK, Md.—The Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education has granted accreditation to Hood College's bachelor of science in nursing degree completion program.

The accreditation, which is in effect from March 2013 through December 2018, signifies that Hood's nursing program meets the standards for best practices and offers a high quality, continually improving academic program that prepares students for advancing the health needs of their communities.

The rigorous yearlong accreditation process included a self-study and an evaluation of the program by a commission-appointed team of peers.

Hood's first-ever bachelor of science degree completion program, created in partnership with Frederick Memorial Hospital and Frederick Community College, was officially announced in January 2010. The first cohort of 12 registered nurses began the program in fall 2011 and completed their degrees in September 2013. Currently, 20 students are enrolled in two cohorts.

Officially recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education as a national accreditation agency, the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education ensures the quality and integrity of baccalaureate, graduate and residency programs in nursing. The Commission serves the public interest by assessing and identifying programs that engage in effective educational practices.