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WMU Bronson School of Nursing receives accreditation

Oct. 24, 2008

KALAMAZOO-- Western Michigan University's Bronson School of Nursing has received accreditation for its new master's program from the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.

The accreditation was awarded for five years, the maximum number of years allowed for a first-time accreditation. There were no compliance issues in obtaining the accreditation.

The accreditation followed a self-study and on-site visit. The on-site team visited WMU April 7-9 to verify, clarify and amplify results of the self-study, which had been submitted in February.

Dr. Linda Zoeller, the nursing school's new director, says accreditation is very significant.

"Accreditation bestows a special seal of excellence to an MSN program," Zoeller says. "Accreditation is also considered in the awarding of some scholarships."

The Bronson School of Nursing offers the MSN degree in two areas--nursing education and nursing administration.

"We want the public and our students to know that we offer a high-quality educational program," Zoeller says.

The school expects its first five MSN candidates to graduate this December and another four in December 2009. The school will admit its next cohort in fall 2009.

"We also look forward to growing this new program in the future," Zoeller says. "Our state is in need of many nursing educators and nursing administrators, who are well-prepared for their respective positions--and WMU hopes to help meet that need."

The school's bachelor's program in nursing also is accredited by the commission, having received the maximum 10-year accreditation in 2007.

The Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education is an autonomous accrediting agency, contributing to the improvement of the public's health. The commission ensures the quality and integrity of baccalaureate and graduate education programs preparing effective nurses.

Media contact: Mark Schwerin, (269) 387-8400, mark.schwerin@wmich.edu

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