Notre Dame College Seeking Initial CCNE Accreditation for its MSN Program

Notre Dame College’s Division of Nursing is in the process of applying for initial CCNE accreditation for its MSN program. As prescribed by the process, the accrediting agency is seeking comments from interested individuals (students, faculty, alumni and community stakeholders) in anticipation of a CCNE site visit scheduled for October 18-20, 2017. See the Public Notice below for additional details on submitting comments.

PUBLIC NOTICE: Opportunity for third party comments
Comments are sought from
interested individuals regarding
accreditation site visit


About the Master of Science in Nursing Education Program

The Notre Dame College Nursing Program faculty believe that all students begin graduate study with a fundamental understanding of the concepts of Person, Environment, Health, and Nursing. The faculty of the Nursing Program is committed to the mission of Notre Dame College. The faculty respects the uniqueness of each student’s baccalaureate preparation and strives to provide a challenging and supportive learning environment.

The program meets our mission, which is to prepare students for personal, professional, and global responsibility. The curriculum will build upon each student’s professional knowledge and skills (professional responsibility) and will enhance awareness of the globalization of health care and the impact of nursing education to prepare professional practice nurses for 21st century health care. The program will prepare students to increase their knowledge of nursing as they become role models for their students. Finally, the curriculum will emphasize leadership and ethical issues that will build on the theme of personal responsibility.

The nurse educator curriculum includes courses designed to prepare the graduate to teach in an academic or hospital/clinical setting. The goals of the program are operationalized through coursework beginning with nursing educational theory, instructional methods, curriculum development, assessment and evaluation and health policy/ethics. A student completes the program with an educational practicum experience, allowing for the application of teaching/learning concepts in the role of nurse educator.

Graduates of the program will be prepared to work in the academic or hospital educational setting and will have the essential knowledge, skills and attributes necessary for further graduate education.

About  CCNE Accreditation

Quality matters when it comes to education, and the most recognized stamp of quality in the United States is accreditation. Accreditation is a way to verify that a school is offering education that complies with the standards of the day, while also demonstrating a continued effort toward quality improvements. Once an institute has been accredited by an agency recognized by the Department of Education, its individual programs can also go on to be accredited.

The Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) is officially recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education as a national accreditation agency. CCNE accreditation has become a mark of quality and integrity for baccalaureate, graduate and residency programs in nursing. If you are interested in earning your MSN or BSN degree, it is in your best interest to first understand CCNE accreditation.

Why Does Accreditation Matter?

Beyond quality of education, accreditation is a way for your future employers to know that you’ve been exposed to and have learned everything they expect you to know by the time you graduate. If a program isn’t accredited, there’s a chance its curriculum falls short of the national standards. For some employers, this is a real problem and a significant risk since people’s lives are on the line. In fact, some employers may even choose not to recognize your degree if it doesn’t come from an accredited program.

How does a school become accredited?

The CCNE Accreditation Process

To get started with the CCNE accreditation process, an institution must first publish a self-study addressing its program’s compliance with CCNE standards. An evaluation team is then sent out to visit the school. During this visit, the team reviews the program and prepares a report that addresses anything that needs further explanation. The program then has time to respond to the report and provide missing pieces of information or include additional information if necessary.

The self-study, initial report and follow-up reports are then bundled and reviewed by the Accreditation Review Committee (ARC), which makes a recommendation regarding accreditation to the board. The CCNE’s Board of Directors then uses this information to grant, deny, reaffirm or withdraw accreditation.

As a new program, the Notre Dame MSN is only eligible for a 5-year accreditation period. After successful completion of the initial accreditation cycle, the program is then eligible for reaccreditation for a 10-year period. Institutions are expected to maintain practices that are consistent with program accreditation standards as a matter of routine. 


American Association of Colleges of Nursing: CCNE Accreditation

NCSBN: Overview of the CCNE Accreditation Process


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Christ the King Chapel
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