Upper Iowa nursing program receives accreditation from CCNE
FAYETTE, Iowa (April 21, 2008) - To commemorate the reinstatement of Upper Iowa University's (UIU) RN-BSN program and its first graduates from the Fayette campus and Des Moines center, a gala will be held Thurs., May 1 from 4 to 6:00 p.m. at the Fayette Opera House. Invitations have been sent to students in the program, faculty, staff and special donors.
"We have many reasons to celebrate," said Dr. Margaret Johnson, UIU associate professor of nursing and director of nursing education. "Not only will these students be the first graduates of a successful restoration of our RN-BSN program at Upper Iowa, but we are also celebrating our national accreditation."
In November, the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) accreditation team conducted a site visit and held a report reading. At that reading, UIU's nursing education program met all standards and no compliance issues were cited. Upper Iowa learned on April 14 that the CCNE granted its RN-BSN program full accreditation.
"We are thrilled to have achieved this exceptional status for our nursing education program," said Johnson. "However, none of this would have been possible without phenomenal community support." She says the clinical experiences provided by the Winneshiek, Manchester, and Sumner hospitals, Sartori Hospital in Waterloo, Buchanan County Health Center, Postville Community Hospital, and the generosity of numerous donors have added to its success.
The RN-BSN program teaches nurses advanced assessment skills, application of technology in nursing infomatics, with particular emphasis on leadership. The program consists of 35 credits that is a mix of modalities that include on campus, online, center locations, as well as clinical learning centers.
For more information about Upper Iowa University and the RN-BSN program, call 563.425.5200, Opt. 2 or visit www.uiu.edu.
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