School of Nursing
Waters College of Health Professions

Accreditation Status

The Georgia Southern University School of Nursing is fully accredited by all appropriate national, state, and specialized/professional nursing accrediting agencies. Accrediting agencies assure that programs in nursing education engage in effective educational practices in the preparation of nurses. A determination of accreditation by an accrediting agency is an indication of confidence in the educational institution to offer a program of quality, deserving of public approbation. Note: Universities and colleges in the United States must hold appropriate regional accreditation in order to be recognized to award higher education degrees. All undergraduate nursing programs must hold approval from their State Board of Nursing. Voluntary program accreditation by one specialized/ professional nursing accreditation body is highly desirable, particularly to assure graduates of continued educational and employment mobility.

Georgia Southern University holds the following accreditation:

Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. This regional accreditation grants Georgia Southern University the right to award Bachelor, Master, Specialist, certificates and Doctorate degrees.

Georgia Southern University holds the following state and specialized/professional nursing accreditations:

  1. Georgia Board of Nursing. (required approval). The Georgia Board of Nursing grants Full Approval to undergraduate nursing programs who maintain compliance with the Georgia Board of Nursing Rules and Regulations as evidenced by: annual reports submitted by the program, site visit reports, and appropriate passing percentages of first-time writers on the NCLEX-RN examination. Inquiries regarding the accreditation status of the program can be directed to: Georgia Board of Nursing, 237 Coliseum Drive, Macon, GA 31217-3858. Phone: 912-207-1640.
  2. CCNE. The baccalaureate degree program in nursing/master’s degree program in nursing/Doctor of Nursing Practice program and/or post-graduate APRN certificate program at Georgia Southern University is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (http://www.ccneaccreditation.org).

STANDARDS REFERENCED

American Nurses Association (2015). Code of ethics for nurses with interpretive statements. Silver Spring, MD: ANA NursesBooks

American Association of Colleges of Nursing. (2008). The essentials of baccalaureate education for professional nursing practice. Washington, DC: AACN.

American Association of Colleges of Nursing. (2006). The essentials of doctoral education for advanced nursing practice.  Washington, DC: AACN.

American Association of Colleges of Nursing. (2011). The essentials of master’s education for advanced practice nursing. Washington, DC: AACN.

American Nurses Association. (2015). Nursing: Scope and standards of practice (3rd ed.). Washington, DC: ANA NursesBooks.

American Nurses Association. (2011). Principles for social networking and the nurse. ANA NursesBooks.

Consensus Model for APRN Regulation: Licensure, Accreditation, Certification and Education. (2008).

Fowler, M. (2015). Guide to nursing’s social policy statement: Understanding the profession from social contract to social covenant. Washington, DC: ANA NursesBooks.

National Task Force on Quality Nurse Practitioner Programs. (2012). Criteria for evaluation of nurse practitioner programs: Report of the National Task Force on Quality Nurse Practitioner Education. (NTF). Washington, DC: NONPF.

Last updated: 11/5/2020

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