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Hartwick College Nursing Program Reaccredited by CCNE

Hartwick College Nursing Program Reaccredited by CCNE

May 29, 2013

Hartwick College has announced the full reaccreditation of its baccalaureate nursing program by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education. This reaccreditation will last for the next 10 years - the longest period of accreditation granted - until 2023, demonstrating the CCNE's confidence in the Hartwick program and approval in meeting the many standards that accompany nursing-related education.

This announcement follows a regularly scheduled on-site evaluation visit that took place in October of 2012. During this visit, a team of CCNE evaluators reviewed the College by studying documentation and participating in meetings with students, staff, faculty, alumni, and administration, among others.

The CCNE {(CCNE) One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 530, Washington, DC 20036, (202) 887-6791} has four standards on which nursing programs are judged for accreditation. These include: Mission and Governance, Institutional Commitment and Resources, Curriculum and Teaching-Learning Practices, and Aggregate Student and Faculty Outcomes. The Hartwick College nursing program successfully completed the site evaluation portion of the CCNE accreditation process by meeting all four CCNE accreditation standards for its baccalaureate degree program.

"The Hartwick College nursing program has long prepared well educated and highly trained nurses to serve the citizens of this region and beyond," said Hartwick College President Dr. Margaret L. Drugovich. "This accreditation decision attests to the quality of the current program and the excellence of the faculty who support our nursing students."

Hartwick College Nursing Program Reaccredited by CCNE

"According to the most recent report from the CCNE, Hartwick College has met all standard and substandard categories with no citations," shared Dr. Jeanne-Marie Havener, Hartwick College professor of nursing and the department chair. "The report also pointed out the program's strengths, as well as opportunities to further enhance the nursing program at Hartwick College."

Sharon Dettenrieder, professor emerita and former chair of the Hartwick Nursing Department, noted there is true importance in self-evaluation.

"You can always learn something new throughout these types of processes," said Dettenrieder. "The reaccreditation not only allows the institution, program, and students to gauge where they stand in the field, but this accreditation is also a great way for prospective nursing students to evaluate nursing programs."

As the accrediting body of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN), the CCNE is the autonomous, national voice for baccalaureate and graduate nursing education. Officially recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education, the CCNE serves the public interest by assessing and identifying programs that engage in effective educational practices. As a voluntary, self-regulatory process, CCNE accreditation supports and encourages continuing self-assessment by nursing programs and supports continuing growth and improvement of baccalaureate and post-graduate professional nursing programs.

For Hartwick College, which is an AACN member institution, accreditation assures that graduates of the college's nursing program meet the expected standards for professional education in nursing, qualifying them to practice nursing, as well as to pursue advanced degrees.

"Upon graduating, students must be prepared for life after college and must have the right credentials," said nursing student Ilona van der Ven '13. "It is of the utmost importance for a nursing student to come out of a well-accredited program, because having the right credentials is a very large part of what makes a nurse marketable. Looking at the bigger picture, we're provided with a leg up on the competition, and with the opportunity to excel in the real world even before we leave Hartwick because of this accreditation."

Hartwick College Nursing Program Reaccredited by CCNE"Nurses must be well grounded in a Liberal Arts education," added Dettenrieder. "A foundation in the Liberal Arts is incredibly important in the field of nursing, and makes our graduates sought after."

Robert Mele '14, a junior nursing major, believes that Hartwick's Nursing program promotes personal and professional growth and development, noting that students' involvement "broadens the scope of their experiential learning and is a direct example of Hartwick's commitment to lifelong learning."

"The field of nursing is constantly transforming, so it is important for the College to participate in ongoing assessment and benchmarking," he continued. "Hartwick's nursing program is top notch, and it was truly exciting to be involved as a student in this accreditation experience."

The American Association of Colleges of Nursing is the national voice for baccalaureate and graduate programs in nursing. Representing more than 720 member schools of nursing at public and private institutions nationwide, AACN's educational, research, governmental advocacy, data collection, publications, and other programs work to establish quality standards for bachelor's and graduate degree nursing education, assist deans and directors to implement those standards, influence the nursing profession to improve health care, and promote public support of baccalaureate and graduate nursing education, research, and practice. For more information, visit www.aacn.nche.edu.

For additional details on the accreditation, visit www.aacn.nche.edu/ccne-accreditation. For more information on Hartwick's reaccreditation, contact Havener at 607-431-4781 or  havenerj@hartwick.edu

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Hartwick College is a private liberal arts and sciences college of 1,500 students, located in Oneonta, NY, in the northern foothills of the Catskill Mountains. Hartwick's expansive curriculum emphasizes an experiential approach to the liberal arts. Through personalized teaching, collaborative research, a distinctive January Term, a wide range of internships, and vast study-abroad opportunities, Hartwick ensures that students are prepared for not just their first jobs, but for the world ahead. A Three-Year Bachelor's Degree Program and strong financial aid and scholarship offerings keep a Hartwick education affordable.

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