Sunday, 14 July 2013

Upper Iowa University receives full reaccreditation for RN-BSN nursing program from Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education

FAYETTE, Iowa (June 12 , 2013) – The Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education awarded Upper Iowa University with full reaccreditation for the UIU bachelors of science in nursing program which is available for Registered Nurses.

The final accreditation was approved by the CCNE 13-member Board of Commissioners and is based on consistency of academic quality and effectiveness in educational practices. The reaccreditation is set to expire June 30, 2023, with the next onsite evaluation occurring in Fall 2022.

The CCNE is an autonomous accrediting arm of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing, recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. The accrediting process for baccalaureate and graduate degree programs in nursing is to highlight institutions deserving of public approbation. "Upper Iowa staff, faculty and administration involved in the program, have demonstrated outstanding progress and improvement in student services," the CCNE report stated.

The RN-BSN program, which is currently offered at the Fayette campus and UIU educational centers, helps prepare registered nurses for leadership in the rapidly changing health care environment. The program is expected to also be offered completely online beginning this Fall. "We are extremely pleased, but not surprised by the CCNE reaccreditation," said UIU President William R. Duffy II, Ed. D., Ed. S. "This is an outstanding program that helps strengthen the skills of today's nurse leaders. The 10-year reaccreditation is a well-earned tribute to the professionalism and commitment of UIU faculty and staff to ensuring academic quality and outstanding student service."

The Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education is one of more than 60 educational accrediting agencies, whose purpose is to serve the public interest by providing an unbiased assessment of the quality of professional education programs. Conceived by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing in 1996, the Commission officially began accrediting operations in 1998.

About Upper Iowa University Founded in 1857, Upper Iowa University is a private, not-for-profit university providing undergraduate and graduate degree programs and leadership development opportunities to some 6,200 students—nationally and internationally—at its Fayette campus and learning centers worldwide. Upper Iowa University is a recognized innovator in offering accredited, quality programs through flexible, multiple delivery systems, including online and independent study. For more information, visit

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