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Loyola University New Orleans Awarded Accreditation for its Online RN to BSN and MSN Programs

The Top-Ranked, Accredited Program Is Helping Lead Patient-Centered Health Care Revolution

New Orleans, LA – August 04, 2015 – Loyola University New Orleans, an accredited, Jesuit and Catholic institution of higher learning, announced today that its RN to BSN and Master of Science in Nursing in Health Care Systems Management degree programs have been awarded full accreditation through June 2020 from the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), the nation’s foremost accrediting body for bachelor- and graduate-level nursing degree programs. This puts all programs in the School of Nursing under one accrediting body with the DNP programs having been awarded full CCNE accreditation in 2012.

Earning national accreditation from the CCNE demonstrates Loyola’s degree programs meet or exceed the highest standards for educational quality and integrity in nursing education, and validates the program’s mission to prepare professionals tasked with the challenge to improve the quality of health care in the United States.

“Our faculty and staff have worked hard to build one of the most comprehensive online schools of nursing in the nation. Earning CCNE’s seal of approval for the online RN to BSN and Master of Science in Nursing programs indicates that Loyola offers a world-class education, helping to prepare future nursing leaders for the challenges they will face within the bounds of the American health care system,” said Mary Oriol, Associate Professor and Interim Director School of Nursing.

CCNE accreditation ensures that Loyola’s School of Nursing has:

  • Programs of study that meet established criteria for educational quality;
  • Validated educational experiences that offer superior educational experiences and engaged faculty who utilize innovative practices in teaching/educating;
  • Curricula developed from evidence-based nursing standards and guidelines;
  • Graduates who meet the needs of the community of interest;
  • A commitment to addressing the increasing relevance of nursing professionals within health care

The accreditation comes as the necessity for registered nurses with a BSN or higher degree continues to increase. Professional organizations agree that the number of nursing professionals with a graduate degree needs to increase in order to meet the demands of an aging population, changing patient needs and the ever-evolving health care system. According to a 2013 report by the Health Resources and Services Administration, only 55 percent of working nurses hold a bachelor’s degree or higher, indicating a significant educational void within the profession.

The programs in the School of Nursing are framed by Loyola University New Orleans’ emphasis on ethics and education, and grounded in the values of Jesuit education.

The RN to BSN track, which combines online education and a hands-on supervised practicum, provides the opportunity for registered nurses to enhance their success in the health care environment and to advance their career to the next level. The online MSN-HCSM program instills leadership strategies and fundamental business skills―from disease prevention and health promotion to workforce management―needed to succeed as a nursing manager, director, or healthcare executive.

About Loyola University New Orleans:

Located in the Uptown section of New Orleans, one of the city's most prestigious residential neighborhoods and 15 minutes away from downtown and the French Quarter, Loyola University New Orleans is a private "not-for-profit" Catholic institution that emphasizes the Jesuit tradition of education and is one of 28 Jesuit colleges and universities in the United States. It is open to students of all faiths.

About Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE):

The Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education is an autonomous accrediting agency contributing to the improvement of the public's health. CCNE ensures the quality and integrity of baccalaureate and graduate nursing education programs. As a voluntary, self-regulatory process, CCNE accreditation supports and encourages continuing self-assessment by nursing education programs and supports continuing growth and improvement of collegiate professional education.