OCT. 16, 2002
CONTACT: Mike Stepanovich, 661/664-2456

The Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) has accredited California State University, Bakersfield's nursing program for 10 years. The announcement was made to CSUB nursing department chair Candace Mears in a letter from the CCNE Board of Commissioners.

The accreditation is the third affirmation of the quality of CSUB's nursing program, which is also approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing and accredited by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission.

The CCNE Board of Commissioners said it was granting "accreditation of the baccalaureate and master's degree program in nursing at California State University, Bakersfield for a term 10 years, extending to Dec. 31, 2012."

Meares was delighted with the news. "Ten years is the maximum possible length of accreditation from the CCNE," she said. "The length of our accreditation speaks to the exceptional quality of our programs, our qualified and dedicated faculty and to the continued support from university administration for the Department of Nursing mission. This is exciting news. We are the only nationally accredited nursing program in Kern County."

The CCNE is the accrediting arm of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN), a distinguished organization of nursing programs at institutions that grant four-year and advanced degrees in nursing. The CCNE accredits programs that offer baccalaureate, masters and doctoral degrees in nursing.

The AACN is the national voice for America's baccalaureate- and higher-degree nursing education programs. AACN's educational, research, governmental advocacy, data collection, publications, and other programs work to establish quality standards for bachelor's-degree and graduate-degree nursing education, assist deans and directors to implement those standards, influence the nursing profession to improve health care, and promote public support of baccalaureate and graduate education, research, and practice in nursing.

For more information about CSUB's nursing program, please call (661) 664-3103.