Fresno State announced that the School of Nursing has regained accreditation of its master’s degree nursing program after losing its accreditation due to a documentation shortfall last year.
The program lost its accreditation after the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education determined the program failed to adequately document or provide adequate supporting data of its methods for assessing and evaluating student outcomes, curriculum, clinical experiences, faculty performance and overall program goals.
On June 4 the CCNE announced it had completed full review and site study, started in September 2019, and decided to grant the program as well as grant a new accreditation of its online psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner certificate program.
“I am thrilled at the news, as now more than ever it is strikingly clear how vital our nursing students are to the future well-being of our community,” said Dr. Saúl Jiménez-Sandoval, provost and vice president for Academic Affairs at Fresno State. “I’m very grateful for Interim Dean Jim Marshall’s leadership of the College of Health and Human Services at this time, and I’m truly appreciative to Dr. Sylvia Miller and the nursing faculty, who put their every effort into showcasing the excellence of our programs.”
At the time of losing accreditation, all students in the program were given the option to remain in the program or take a leave of absence or withdraw completely from the program. Fresno State reported 23 students stayed with the program, with 22 of them completing all required coursework to earn their degrees this past May. 16 students are currently enrolled in the program for the 2020-2021 academic year.