Bon Secours Memorial College of Nursing Announces Accreditation

the college received a five-year accreditation, the longest duration a new program can receive

Bon Secours Memorial College of Nursing (BSMCON) is pleased to announce recent accreditation for its BSN and RN to BSN degree completion program by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 530, Washington, D.C., 20036. After four years of planning and implementation, the College received a five-year accreditation, the longest duration a new program can receive.

The CCNE accreditation is based on an intensive review of how the College implemented the American Association of Colleges of Nursing guidelines for Baccalaureate nursing programs. This review examined the program’s quality as it related to: mission and governance; institutional commitment and resources; curriculum and teaching-learning practices; and program effectiveness. Nearly 80% of the BSN programs in the United States are accredited by CCNE.

One of the most significant changes the College made to receive this accreditation was transitioning from an RN diploma program to a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and an online RN to BSN completion degree. The new program offers students the opportunity to broaden their education by requiring more general education courses along with nursing courses and clinical experiences appropriate to baccalaureate nursing education.

“The achievement of this accreditation was a collaborative process,” Dr. Susan Bodin, BSMCON’s Dean of Nursing, said. “The faculty worked together to develop a curriculum that acknowledged the clinical strength of our diploma program while implementing the collegiate differences of a baccalaureate curriculum. The well-rounded curriculum gives the students a broader view of professional nursing and starts a pathway for life-long learning.”

The first graduation ceremonies under the new curriculum and accreditation will be in August 2012 for the RN to BSN program and in May 2013 for the BSN program.