Georgia Gwinnett’s nursing program recently earned accreditation from the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), which ensures the quality and integrity of baccalaureate, graduate and doctoral programs in the United States and its territories.
“Obtaining this accreditation reaffirms our reputation as a top nursing program,” said Dr. Diane White, dean of the School of Health Sciences. “It is the highest standard of distinction and we achieved it in record time. This designation demonstrates our commitment to academic excellence, to our students and to the community at large.”
Since graduating its charter class in 2016, the program has produced more than 150 nurses, almost all of whom are employed in the Atlanta metropolitan area. GGC’s nursing graduates have a 96-percent, first-time passing rate for the nursing boards, an exam required to receive a nursing license. This is well above the 80-percent standard for Georgia programs.
GGC’s nursing students have won an impressive 16 state and 10 national awards from student nurse associations. Twelve students have served as association board members on the state level and one on the national level.
CCNE accreditation indicates that the quality of the program aligns with a rigorous standard set to ensure that GGC meets, or even exceeds, educational and regulatory standards.
Accreditation standards focus on program quality, curriculum, institutional resources, outcomes and student achievement. It holds nursing programs accountable to the community, ensures that programs prepare individuals to fulfill their expected roles and fosters continuous improvement.