West Virginia University at Parkersburg’s online bachelor of science in nursing (BSN) degree has received initial accreditation by the Accreditation Commission for Education (ACEN) in Nursing. This new accreditation is effective starting with the spring 2016 semester.
ACEN is a specialized professional accreditor for practical, diploma, associate, baccalaureate, master’s and clinical doctorate nursing programs. Participating in the ACEN accreditation process gives a program the opportunity to validate that it is committed to providing a quality nursing program. Gaining this accreditation ensures that WVU Parkersburg’s RN-BSN program meets standards of educational quality.
“We are very excited to have received this national accreditation for our RN-BSN program,” said Dr. Rose Beebe, chair of nursing and health sciences and director of nursing at WVU Parkersburg. “Having national accreditation for both our associate degree and bachelor’s degree programs in nursing demonstrates our commitment to providing high quality education for our students.”
WVU Parkersburg’s RN- BSN program is designed as an online degree-completion program for practicing, licensed registered nurses. It builds on current nursing knowledge and facilitates professional growth. The program enables registered nurses to continue their education to the bachelor’s degree without interrupting their education or employment by teaching nursing courses asynchronously online.
According to the U.S. Department of Education’s College Affordability and Transparency Center, WVU Parkersburg is ranked 33rd in the nation for bachelor program affordability. It is the only college from West Virginia or Ohio that offers the RN-BSN program to make the list of the most affordable colleges.
To learn more about the nursing programs available at WVU Parkersburg, visit www.wvup.edu/healthsciences or call 304-424-8300.