Villanova, PA, November 29, 2010 — The Villanova University College of Nursing proudly announces the continued accreditation of its undergraduate and graduate programs by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). Reaccreditation was granted for 10 years.
The College had its site visit from the CCNE—the accreditation agency in relationship with the American Association of Colleges of Nursing— in February 2010 as part of the 10-year renewal process. The official review and subsequent notification of reaccreditation came this fall. The achievement follows the College's recent designation as a Center of Excellence in Nursing Education by the National League for Nursing (NLN). It received the honor for the third consecutive time at the NLN's Education Summit 2010 in Las Vegas on October 1st.
"The Center of Excellence designation reflects the quality and national distinction of nursing education at Villanova," says M. Louise Fitzpatrick, EdD, RN, FAAN, Connelly Endowed Dean and Professor.
The Center of Excellence (COE) recognition identifies schools of exceptional quality and is separate from accreditation. Schools are reviewed in one of three categories of their choice. The College's designation was related to its commitment to "Creating Environments that Advance the Science of Nursing Education." The College was among the first three schools to receive the inaugural COE designation in 2004 and received it again in 2007.