HPU programs certified by Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education

June 01, 2012

HONOLULU — Hawai‘i Pacific University successfully completed its first certification from the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) for its undergraduate and graduate nursing programs.

The College of Nursing and Health Science’s Bachelor of Science and Master of Science in Nursing programs are now accredited by CCNE through 2017. HPU’s undergraduate and graduate nursing programs also hold National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC) accreditation.

The certification marks a milestone for HPU, which has the largest baccalaureate nursing program in Hawai‘i and plays a critical role in meeting the growing nursing needs of hospitals, clinics and other health care facilities around the state. In addition to its degree programs, the college offers specialized certificates in transcultural nursing and forensic nursing. The college graduated 127 students in commencement ceremonies held last month.

“The quality and rigor of our degree programs is well reflected in the accreditation decisions by these two leading organizations,” said Dale M. Allison, Ph.D., acting dean of the College of Nursing and Health Sciences. “This sends a strong signal to the health care industry that our graduates are academically and culturally qualified to provide the best in nursing care to the people of Hawai‘i, the nation and the world.”

Officially recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education as a national accreditation agency, CCNE ensures the quality and integrity of baccalaureate, graduate, and residency programs in nursing. CCNE serves the public interest by assessing and identifying programs that engage in effective educational practices.

“The accreditation by CCNE is indicative of a broader, university-wide effort to strengthen the academic programs of the university in service of both our students and the state of Hawai‘i,” said John Kearns, Ph.D., HPU’s vice president of Academic Affairs. “Our nursing faculty, graduate students and undergraduates are to be commended for achieving this recognition. It reflects well on them, as well as on the thousands of alumni who have graduated from these outstanding programs.”

Hawai‘i Pacific University is the state’s largest private university with more than 8,000 students from all 50 states and more than 100 countries. In addition to the nursing accreditations, the university also holds accreditation from the Western Association of Schools and Colleges and the Council on Social Work Education.