NORTH NEWTON, KAN. -- The nursing program at Bethel College has received a 10-year accreditation from the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, said Gregg Schroeder, interim director of the program. The accreditation process began a year ago, in the fall of 2003, under the leadership of Carol Moore, then director of nursing. CCNE, the accrediting branch of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing, sent its site visitors to campus March 10-12 of this year.
To receive the 10-year accreditation, the Bethel nursing program had to meet four accreditation standards that cover management, resources (financial and faculty), curriculum and teaching methods, and the performance of students and faculty.
It is fairly unusual for a baccalaureate degree program in nursing like Bethel’s to receive a 10-year accreditation, said Schroeder. The Bethel nursing program’s previous accreditation was for only five years.
"What this says is that we give our students a top-quality education, based on the foundation that Bethel College as a whole provides," Schroeder said. "Bethel College was reviewed as closely and carefully as our department was. The site visitors met with the president, the dean, the registrar and a panel of faculty. This is a stamp of approval for the entire institution."