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IC nursing program receives CCNE accreditation


The Illinois College nursing program recently received its CCNE accreditation.

The baccalaureate degree program in nursing at Illinois College was recently accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, an independent commission ensuring the quality and integrity of baccalaureate, graduate, and residency programs in nursing. 

Illinois College Director of Nursing Angela Pierson said the accreditation is an indicator of the strength and quality of IC’s growing nursing program. 

“Holding CCNE accreditation demonstrates our ability to educate students using nationally recommended curricular components that create a framework based on the needs of today's diverse patient population,” she said. 

Illinois College announced the addition of a four-year clinical nursing degree program in April 2020. The program has quickly grown to enroll more than 100 nursing majors and pre-nursing students, and is expected to continue. Illinois College also offers a fully-online RN to BSN program that takes about 12 months to complete. The College will launch an online Master of Science in Nursing next year. 

The BSN program at Illinois College met all four accreditation standards set forth by CCNE. Their governing board determined that the program had no compliance concerns with respect to the key elements being evaluated. CCNE serves higher education institutions and healthcare organizations throughout the United States. 

According to Pierson, the accreditation is a standard sought by prospective students and recognized by leaders in health care who will be their future employers. The designation is also a sign to the public that the program meets the expectations of the field. The accreditation will last for five years, extending to June 30, 2026. 

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Founded in 1829, Illinois College is a residential liberal arts college fostering academic excellence rooted in opportunities for experiential learning while preparing students for lifelong success. The college is located in Jacksonville, Illinois. With an enrollment of more than 1,000 students, the college offers over 50 undergraduate programs. In 1932 the society of Phi Beta Kappa established a chapter at Illinois College, and it remains one of only 11 in the state.

Illinois College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association.

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