nursing-photoDr. Sarah Vordtriede-Patton, Columbia College’s dean for the School of Natural Sciences and Mathematics, recently announced that the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) has granted accreditation to the college’s online baccalaureate nursing degree program.

“This is a tremendous milestone and stamp of excellence for our nursing program as we continue to diversify our offerings in this crucial career field for our students,” Vordtriede-Patton said. “Nursing Department Chair Dr. Linda Claycomb, Nursing and Health Sciences Program Coordinator Dr. Tina Dalrymple and the entire nursing faculty and staff did a great job spearheading the accreditation process and their hard work and focus has paid off for our program.”

Accreditation through the CCNE for the online Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree opens the door for graduates of the program to obtain additional higher education including master’s or doctorate degrees. The program will also now be able to expand accreditation to all baccalaureate nursing degrees. The online program is one of three different nursing degrees offered by Columbia College, the others being a traditional, in-seat Bachelor of Science degree and an associate in science degree.

Officially recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education as a national accreditation agency, the 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. For more information about the CCNE, click here.