UofL School ofNursing receives 10 year reaccreditation

Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) recognizes the strength of UofL programs

An organization that accredits nursing education programs, the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) has reaffirmed the quality of education at the University of Louisville School of Nursing. The school has received reaccreditation of the baccalaureate and master’s degree programs for 10 years, the maximum length of time the CCNE will reaccredit nursing programs.

“As a school of nursing, it is imperative to hold to high standards and continue to conduct quality improvement about our mission, resources, curriculum and student and faculty achievements. Our students are proud to be part of a CCNE accredited school, which leverages our baccalaureate graduates for advancing on to earn their graduate degrees,” said Marcia Hern, EdD, CNS, RN, dean and professor, UofL School of Nursing.


The school offers a traditional, RN-BSN and an accelerated baccalaureate program for those seeking second undergraduate degrees. The first group of students from the Owensboro Extension Program, will graduate this December – the distance education program started in 2009 in an effort to meet a need in Western Kentucky for a four-year nursing degree program and to meet a shortage of nurses with baccalaureate degrees in the area.

In Fall 2012, UofL will add the acute care nurse practitioner program to its list of five other master’s level tracks - adult, family, neonatal, psychiatric and Master of Science in Nursing with a Certificate in Health Professions Education.

The University of Louisville has graduated more licensed registered nurses than any other baccalaureate program in Kentucky, and boasts a 96 percent licensure pass rate. Ranked in the top 60 nursing graduate schools in the nation, UofL has a near 100 percent certification pass rate for nurse practitioners.

The school’s CCNE accreditation continues through December 31, 2021.                                      

About CCNE

Officially recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education as a national accreditation agency, the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) is an autonomous accrediting agency, contributing to the improvement of the public's health. CCNE ensures the quality and integrity of baccalaureate, graduate, and residency programs in nursing.

CCNE 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.