TROY, Ala. – Troy University’s associate degree program in nursing (ASN) has been granted continued accreditation by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC) Board of Commissioners.
The NLNAC is nationally recognized by the U.S. Department of Education as the accrediting agency for postsecondary and higher degree nursing programs. NLNAC accreditation is a voluntary peer review process to enhance quality improvement in nursing education.
The board’s ruling extended the program’s accreditation for eight years and came on the heels of last fall’s accreditation visit. The review process focused on the program’s adherence to 23 criteria in seven areas – mission and governance, faculty, students, curriculum and instruction, resources, integrity and educational effectiveness.
TROY’s program, which was initially accredited by NLNAC in 1977, was found to be in compliance with all seven standards, said Dr. Donna Bedsole, director of the program.
“The accreditation of the program by NLNAC denotes that ASN students at Troy University are enrolled in a program that has met or exceeded standards and criteria established to evaluate nursing education quality,” Dr. Bedsole said. “Graduates of the Troy University ASN Program are prepared to become some of the very best nurses and are always highly recruited even before graduation from the University.”
Dr. Bedsole commended the program’s faculty for their continued dedication to students and for their work in the accreditation process.
“The Troy University ASN program faculty members have a very strong commitment to excellence in nursing education and are to be commended for their dedication and hard work in the NLNAC accreditation process,” she said. “The faculty in the ASN program work diligently to assure that each individual student receives the very best instruction possible so that each one is well-prepared to pass the RN licensure exam (NCLEX-RN) after graduation from the program and then prepared to become a caring, knowledgeable nurse.”
Dr. Damon Andrew, dean of the College of Health and Human Services, commended the School of Nursing faculty for their work during the reaccreditation process.
“I want to express my sincere appreciation to all of those involved in our reaccreditation efforts as well as the support from Chancellor Jack Hawkins, Jr., and Provost Ed Roach throughout this process,” Dr. Andrew said. “The fact that NLNAC chose to award Troy University’s ASN program the maximum time before renewal is required is a strong testament to the high quality of our program, and we look forward to the challenges that lie ahead as we strive to meet the needs of the health care community for well-trained and caring nursing professionals.”