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ABOUT ACCREDITATION

There are two national organizations that accredit nursing education programs: The National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC) and the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). While not every nursing school and nursing program is NLNAC or CCNE accredited and a quality nursing education is possible without the mark of distinction, a degree from an institution accredited by one of these organizations ensures that you will be qualified to attend another accredited school of nursing, should you be interested in an advanced degree, for example an RN-to-BSN or Master's degree. Also, some scholarships are only available to students attending accredited nursing programs.

CCNE Accreditation
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.

NLNAC Accreditation
The National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC) is responsible for the specialized accreditation of nursing education programs (Clinical Doctorate, Master's Degree, Baccalaureate Degree, Associate Degree, Diploma, and Practical Nursing program). The Commission has authority and accountability for carrying out the responsibilities inherent in the application of standards and criteria, accreditation processes, and the affairs, management, policy-making, and general administration of the NLNAC. The NLNAC is nationally recognized as a specialized accrediting agency for both post-secondary and higher degree programs in nursing education.

Applicant Responsibility
Students are responsible for confirming school and programmatic accreditation and determining whether they will be eligible for state Board of Nursing approval and certification.
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Nursing and advanced practice nursing programs from accredited universities and colleges.

Nursing and Advanced Practice Nursing

BSN Becoming Minimum Requirement for RNs
A Bachelor of Science in Nursing allows you to move from the level of technical nursing practice to the level of professional nursing practice. Nursing has transformed from hospital-centered inpatient care to more primary and preventative care. In addition, the growing complexity of healthcare demands that nurses enhance their educational preparation. Driving forces in the nursing profession have increasingly supported a bachelor's degree as a minimal requirement for practicing nurses.

The AACN and the ANA have issued position statements recommending the Bachelor of Science in Nursing as the minimum required preparation to practice. Also, a recommendation was recently made by the Institute of Medicine (IOM) that Academic Nurse leaders across all schools of nursing should work together to increase the proportion of nurses with a baccalaureate degree from 50% to 80% by 2020 ("The Future of Nursing - Leading Change, Advancing Health", Institute of Medicine, 2010). More hospitals are requiring a BSN for current and future nursing staff as they seek to improve patient care and earn the coveted CCNE Magnet Recognition. States have joined in this pursuit for higher education and better preparation for nurses. New York and New Jersey legislatures initiated the "BSN in 10" bills.

Advanced Practice Nursing
Advanced practice nursing consists of nurses who have earned Master's degrees in nursing and work in advanced roles such as Nurse Practitioner (NP), Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS), Certified Nurse-Midwife (CNM), Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA), RN First Assistant (RNFA), and Nurse Psychotherapist. Many of the advanced and specialized nursing professions require certification after completion of education and training. Advanced practice nurses enjoy advanced and specialized work and higher salaries, which can reach six figures, depending on specialty and location.

Important Note About Certification and Advanced Practice programs
Advanced practice nursing certifications required that candidates fulfill their graduate level education requirements with CCNE accredited programs. Non-accredited programs do not qualify toward the advanced specialties certification requirements. You may notice that schools offering advanced practice programs online will only take students from certain states. The reason for this is that advanced specialties require clinicals (hands-on experience) and States' boards of nursing have different requirements. Programs will stipulate from which states they can accept applicants as they continue to meet each State's requirements.

Nursing Career Outlook and Salary
Employment of nursing professionals continues on a positive trajectory, according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics. Employment for advanced pratice nurses such as, nurse anesthetists, nurse midwives, and nurse practitioners is projected to grow 31 percent from 2014 to 2024, much faster than the average for all occupations. Employment of registered nurses is projected to grow 16 percent from 2014 to 2024, much faster than the average for all occupations.

Growth will occur because of an increase in the demand for healthcare services. Several factors will contribute to this demand, including a large number of newly insured patients resulting from healthcare legislation, an increased emphasis on preventive care, and the large, aging baby-boom population. The aging population, given that older people typically have more medical problems than younger people. Nurses also will be needed to educate and care for patients with various chronic conditions, such as arthritis, dementia, diabetes, and obesity.

Nurses continue to enjoy excellent salary potential. The US BLS stated the median annual wage for registered nurses was $67,490 in May 2015. Median annual wages for advanced practice nurse specialties in May 2015 were as follows:

Nurse anesthetists $157,140
Nurse practitioners $98,190
Nurse midwives $92,510
Nurse informatics* $85,800

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Salary and employment figures are based on a national median and may vary by location. * This data was based on statistics from O*NET.

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Kaplan University Onlineccne accredited

Nurse Informatics
Master of Science in Nursing

The Master of Science in Nursing program is designed to build on previous nursing education and clinical experience, prepare you to pursue advanced practice in a variety of health care settings, and lay a foundation to pursue doctoral education. The overall purpose of the master's degree program is to provide graduate education for advanced nursing roles that respond to the needs of individuals, families, and communities.

The program of study includes completion of the core curriculum, concentration or population focus area courses, and an evidence-based project proposal. The core courses focus on the acquisition of a theoretical base in nursing, evidence-based decision making, health policy, financing and organization of the health care delivery system, advanced practice issues, ethics, health promotion and disease prevention, and biostatistics.

You will choose from five concentrations and population focus areas designed to provide further knowledge in your chosen specialty and your specific advanced role: nurse educator, executive leader, informatics, family nurse practitioner, or adult-gerontology nurse practitioner.

Note: Not all concentrations will be available to students in all States.

Nursing (RN to BSN)
Bachelor of Science

A Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree prepares members of the nursing profession who are effective in the integration of evidence as a foundation for practice. The program emphasizes professional growth and lifelong learning by building upon a foundation of the arts, sciences, and humanities. Program outcomes promote leadership in a culturally diverse and global health care system that is rapidly changing. Graduates are prepared to provide direct and indirect care for individuals, families, communities, and populations.

The RN-to-BSN program option provides registered nurses with the education to enhance their skills, better meet the complex demands of health care, and pursue employment in numerous nursing management and practice specialties. Program outcomes align with professional nursing standards and guidelines. The core courses cover in-depth physical assessment, evidence-based practice, and chronicity throughout the lifespan, interprofessional collaboration, information technology, leadership, case management, and public health nursing. Near the end of the program, you will create a professional development plan, a curriculum vitae (CV), and an ePortfolio displaying your coursework, which can be shared with future employers. Finally, the program is designed as a foundation to support registered nurses interested in pursuing graduate nursing studies.

Note: At this time, residents of Tennessee may not enroll in the online Bachelor of Science in Nursing program.

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Kaplan University also offers:
The baccalaureate degree in nursing, master's degree in nursing, Doctor of Nursing Practice program, and post-graduate APRN certificate program at Kaplan University are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 530, Washington, DC 20036, 202-887-6791.
Indiana Wesleyan University Onlineccne accredited

Primary Care
Master of Science in Nursing

The Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) degree program at Indiana Wesleyan University’s School of Nursing prepares the student to serve in a variety of settings, from the most prestigious hospitals and primary care settings to meeting the vital needs of the global community. The curricula ascribes to the American Association of Colleges of Nursing’s, The Essentials of Master’s Education in Nursing and the competencies prescribed by the respective professional specialty organizations. Graduates of the program are eligible to apply for certification by the appropriate specialty credentialing body.

The focus of Primary Care is the interrelationship of theory, research, and evidence-based practice. Opportunities for development of critical thinking and clinical problem-solving skills are provided throughout the program through the guidance of student selected, university approved preceptors at clinical sites near their home.

Indiana Wesleyan University also offers:

The programs of the Indiana Wesleyan University School of Nursing are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). A successful reaccreditation visit was held in November 2009. Memberships are held in the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) and the National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties (NONPF).All nursing programs meet the state regulations where offered.

Western Governors University Onlineccne accredited

Leadership and Management
Master of Science in Nursing

The M.S. in Nursing—Leadership and Management (BSN to MSN) is designed for RNs with BSNs who are seeking a master’s degree to become effective leaders and managers in a variety of nursing settings. This challenging program incorporates competencies that are consistent with the American Nurses Association’s (ANA) standards for nurse administrators. Along with the rigorous online curriculum, this program requires completion of a 40-hour practicum in nursing management.

Note: Applicants must hold a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN), an unencumbered RN license, and currently be working in a healthcare-related field.

Western Governors University also offers:

The bachelor’s and master’s nursing degree programs at WGU are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 530, Washington, DC 20036, 202-887-6791).

Georgetown University Onlineccne accredited

Family Nurse Practitioner
Master of Science in Nursing

Using a unique blend of highly interactive online class sessions, social connections between peers and faculty, and real-world clinical experiences based on each student’s specialty and location, Nursing@Georgetown engages students and faculty in a personalized learning environment. The freedom to complete engaging, rigorous coursework online from across the country, combined with live, face-to-face collaborative classroom experiences with nursing leaders from the Washington, D.C. network, creates an online nursing education unlike any other.

The Family Nurse Practitioner Program empowers students to improve the health and well being of family members at all stages of life. Georgetown-educated Family Nurse Practitioners (FNPs) apply cutting-edge science and manage the health needs of patients in primary care settings, taking a holistic approach that emphasizes both care and cure.

Georgetown University also offers:

The Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Master of Science in Nursing, and Doctor of Nursing Practice Programs at Georgetown University are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 530, Washington, DC 20036, 202-887-6791.

Grand Canyon University Onlineccne accredited

Nursing (RN to BSN)
Bachelor of Science

Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN to BSN). The RN to BSN program is designed for registered nurses with an associate’s degree or diploma in nursing. The format and courses of the regionally accredited program are tailored to meet the needs of the adult learner RN, and to maximize strengths that the working RN possesses. A bridge course facilitates the transition of the working RN into the baccalaureate program. Courses are taught by experts in their respective fields who share knowledge and experience in areas of clinical patient care, health care management, and professional nursing practice and leadership. Opportunities are provided to apply concepts, theories, and research in the RN’s clinical practice. Both the science and art of nursing are integral components of the program and are woven throughout. The curriculum covers nurse competencies, management and leadership, health assessment, statistics, research, trends and issues, ethical decision-making, family-centered health, public health, and spirituality in health care. In addition, the student’s learning will culminate in project proposal to resolve and issue or problem in the nursing practice. Graduates of the program are prepared to become effective leaders in the nursing profession.

Nursing
Master of Science

Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN to BSN). The RN to BSN program is designed for registered nurses with an associate’s degree or diploma in nursing. The format and courses of the regionally accredited program are tailored to meet the needs of the adult learner RN, and to maximize strengths that the working RN possesses. A bridge course facilitates the transition of the working RN into the baccalaureate program. Courses are taught by experts in their respective fields who share knowledge and experience in areas of clinical patient care, health care management, and professional nursing practice and leadership. Opportunities are provided to apply concepts, theories, and research in the RN’s clinical practice. Both the science and art of nursing are integral components of the program and are woven throughout. The curriculum covers nurse competencies, management and leadership, health assessment, statistics, research, trends and issues, ethical decision-making, family-centered health, public health, and spirituality in health care. In addition, the student’s learning will culminate in project proposal to resolve and issue or problem in the nursing practice. Graduates of the program are prepared to become effective leaders in the nursing profession.

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The baccalaureate degree in nursing, master's degree in nursing and Doctor of Nursing Practice at GCU are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.

Loyola University New Orleans Onlineccne accredited

Master of Science in Nursing

Advance your career in a specialized role and improve your earnings potential through the online Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) program at Loyola University New Orleans. This distinguished and nationally ranked master’s in nursing online program empowers you to grow your professional prospects and clinical skills with our supportive, award-winning faculty and invaluable academic resources. The exceptional curriculum is delivered in an online learning environment and allows you to take classes on your schedule. Your MSN from Loyola University New Orleans enables you to impact the future of nursing, become a subject-matter expert in one of the fields’ core disciplines, and prepare yourself for success as a nurse leader.

Loyola University’s MSN program features three concentrations—Health Care Systems Management, Family Nurse Practitioner, and Nurse Educator—each with a unique curriculum designed for success in a rewarding career. Each MSN concentration features a robust practicum component where you will be able to put your ideas into action in one or more professional health care settings. Choose the concentration that best aligns with your career goals, aspirations, and ideals.

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The baccalaureate degree in nursing, master's degree in nursing, and Doctor of Nursing Practice programs at Loyola University New Orleans are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.

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