Nursing School Receives Accreditation

Accreditation is for the maximum ten years for baccalaureate and master’s programs.

Coral Gables (May 17, 2011) — The Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) has reaffirmed the accreditation of the University of Miami School of Nursing and Health Studies. According to Dean and Professor Nilda (Nena) Peragallo, “It is with a great deal of pride and satisfaction that I announce we have received notification from the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education confirming we have been granted the maximum accreditation of 10 years for our Baccalaureate and Master’s programs through June 30, 2021 and also the maximum new program accreditation term of 5 years for our DNP program through June 30, 2016.”

The Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) is an autonomous accrediting agency, contributing to the improvement of the public's health. The Commission ensures the quality and integrity of baccalaureate, graduate, and residency programs in nursing. The Commission serves the public interest by assessing and identifying programs that engage in effective educational practices. As a voluntary, self-regulatory process, CCNE accreditation supports and encourages continuing self-assessment by nursing programs and supports continuing growth and improvement of collegiate professional education and post-baccalaureate nurse residency programs.

CCNE accreditation is a nongovernmental peer review process that operates in accordance with nationally recognized standards established for the practice of accreditation in the United States. Accreditation by CCNE is intended to accomplish at least five general purposes:

1. To hold nursing programs accountable to the community of interest – the nursing profession, consumers, employers, higher education, students and their families, nurse residents – and to one another by ensuring that these programs have mission statements, goals, and outcomes that are appropriate to prepare individuals to fulfill their expected roles.
2. To evaluate the success of a nursing program in achieving its mission, goals, and expected outcomes.
3. To assess the extent to which a nursing program meets accreditation standards.
4. To inform the public of the purposes and values of accreditation and to identify nursing programs that meet accreditation standards.
5. To foster continuing improvement in nursing programs – and, thereby, in professional practice

Peragallo, acknowledged the contributions of the School of Nursing and Health Studies, Faculty and Staff to achieve CCNE accreditation, “I want to thank everyone who participated during our re-accreditation process, including our students, administrators, community partners and especially our faculty who work tirelessly to make the School of Nursing and Health Studies a great academic center.  Congratulations to all of you for your dedication to the University of Miami and nursing education.”  

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About the School of Nursing and Health Studies
Established in 1948 as South Florida’s first collegiate nursing program, the School of Nursing and Health Studies at the University of Miami has a distinguished tradition of preparing nurses to provide compassionate, quality care to local, national and international communities. Nursing students at the undergraduate and graduate levels are educated by renowned scholars and exposed to a broad range of clinical experiences and cutting-edge research. In February 2005, the School expanded its program offerings to include the University of Miami’s Health Science program and changed its name to the School of Nursing and Health Studies. The expanded curriculum includes programs leading to the BSN, MSN, PhD, and DNP degrees as well as the BS in Health Science degree.  www.miami.edu/sonhs.

About the University of Miami
The University of Miami’s mission is to educate and nurture students, to create knowledge, and to provide service to our community and beyond. Committed to excellence and proud of the diversity of our University family, we strive to develop future leaders of our nation and the world.  www.miami.edu


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University of Miami’s mission is to educate and nurture students, to create knowledge, and to provide service to our community and beyond. Committed to excellence and proud of our diversity of our University family, we strive to develop future leaders of our nation and the world.