The Morgan State University School of Community Health and Policy Nursing Program’s Bachelor of Science (Nursing) degree has received its initial accreditation by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). The program’s Master of Science (Nursing) degree received its reaccreditation in 2017 from CCNE, and the Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degree is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. All nursing degrees awarded from October 2017 and beyond will now be accredited.
The University’s accreditation comes at a crucial time for the nursing profession, as the need for diversity and a general demand for qualified nurses remains high. With Morgan increasing its stature among accredited programs, its capacity to contribute to the nursing workforce increases significantly.
“I commend the dedicated faculty and leadership of Morgan’s School of Community Health and Policy whose tireless efforts to elevate the quality standards of the Nursing Program have successfully brought us to this point,” said David Wilson, president of Morgan State. “Earning this accreditation not only benefits the education of our students and enhances the University’s academic profile, but it also improves the health field overall by ensuring the caliber and integrity of our Nursing Program and the graduates it produces.”
Formally established in 2008, Morgan’s Nursing Program was created in response to the national nursing shortage as well as to an underrepresentation of minorities in health care, and the healthcare disparities between the residents of Baltimore and the larger society. From its inception, the program’s goal remains to provide a quality nursing education that produces graduates who are well equipped to meet the challenges of an ever-evolving healthcare system.
Under the leadership of its current director, Maija R. Anderson, DNP, RN, the program has strengthened its curriculum, adopted a student-centered learning approach, and established essential assessment practices that are consistent with the standards of the accrediting agency and Morgan State University.