The Commission on Collegiate Nursing
Education has awarded a 10-year accreditation to two key UT Arlington College
of Nursing degree programs, reaffirming the vital role the nursing program
plays in the Texas healthcare community.
Nursing students work in the UT Arlington Smart Hospital.
UT Arlington’s bachelor of
science in nursing and its master of science in nursing programs were
reaccredited. The College of Nursing’s Doctorate of Nursing Practice program
also has received a five-year accreditation from the commission; the longest
available because it is the first time the program was evaluated.
The commission accredits higher
education institutions and health care providers across the country by
assessing the quality and integrity of their educational programs. The new
designation follows a three-day visit by evaluators in 2011.
“This is a major accomplishment,” said Elizabeth Poster, dean of
The University of Texas at Arlington College of Nursing. “The accreditation
process was rigorous, and the results we achieved attest to the unsurpassed
quality of our campus-based and online programs.”
In recent years, the UT Arlington College of Nursing has become one of
the largest and most successful programs in the United States. Enrollment in
the UT Arlington College of Nursing has soared from 1,912 students in Fall 2008
to 7,562 students for Spring 2012.
For the past five years, initial licensure passing rates for UT
Arlington BSN program graduates have exceeded state and national averages. In
the first quarter of 2012, 96.3 percent of UT Arlington graduates passed
initial state licensure nursing exams on their first attempt, up from 93.2
percent in 2011.
Ronald Elsenbaumer, UT Arlington
provost and vice president for academic affairs, said the accreditation signals
to potential students the quality of UT Arlington’s College of Nursing.
“This accomplishment is a
result of faculty, staff and administrators in the College of Nursing working
diligently to maintain excellent programs during a period of enormous growth,” Elsenbaumer
To learn more about the College
of Nursing, visit www.uta.edu/nursing/.
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