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Continuing Education Progam earns Accreditation with Distinction


The Villanova University College of Nursing is pleased to announce it achieved Accreditation with Distinction by American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC).

ANCC Accreditation distinguishes organizations that demonstrate quality and excellence in the curriculum design and delivery of continuing nursing education (CNE). Accredited organizations, like Villanova University College of Nursing meet comprehensive, evidenced-based criteria to ensure CNE activities are effectively planned, implemented and evaluated. (Only organizations that demonstrate zero deficiencies requiring a progress report achieve Accreditation with Distinction. As of September 2012, less than 10% of all ANCC-accredited organizations achieve this honor). Nurses in the Philadelphia region, as well as nationally and internationally, now gain access to the highest caliber of education to meet certification or licensure requirements, which in turn contributes to improved health care outcomes.

“We have been nationally accredited for over 25 years, but this is the first opportunity we have had to receive the new designation of Accreditation with Distinction.” It is an honor to be recognized by ANCC for our commitment to continuous improvement and the highest quality continuing education for nurses,” says Lyn DeSilets, EdD, RN-BC, assistant dean and director of Continuing Education in Nursing and Healthcare. “ANCC accreditation gives nurses assurance that by participating in our program they will receive the best CNE available,” she notes. ANCC Accreditation is a voluntary, peer review process intended to strengthen and sustain the quality and integrity of continuing nursing education, making it worthy of public confidence. Accrediting organizations, like ANCC, assess providers of continuing nursing education to ensure they meet rigorous global standards established by ANCC.

About the College’s Continuing Education in Nursing and Healthcare Program

The Continuing Education program in the College of Nursing offers short courses both on and off campus, institutes, certificate programs, online activities and national conferences to nurses and other healthcare professionals. The department is also an accredited provider of continuing education for dietitians through the Commission on Dietetic Registration and an approved provider of continuing education by the College of Sports Medicine’s Continuing Education Committee.