Faculty from the School of Nursing at Chaminade University of Honolulu joined leadership in celebrating the news that the university’s School of Nursing baccalaureate program had been granted full accreditation for five years (the maximum) by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). From left to right are Bro. Bernard Ploeger, SM, Helen Turner, Stephanie Genz, Heather Schlessman, Ashley Keck, Larry Osborne, Edna Magpantay-Monroe, Eurina Kee and Jeanette Peterson.

Chaminade University announced that it has received notice from the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) that the baccalaureate degree program at Chaminade University of Honolulu is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (http://www.aacn.nche.edu/ccne-accreditation) for the maximum five year period, extending to June 30, 2018. The accreditation is effective as of November 5, 2012, which is the first day of the program’s recent CCNE on-site evaluation. Per the accreditation letter, the Board of Commissioners determined that the program met all four accreditation standards, adding that there are no compliance concerns regarding the key elements.

 “We are delighted to have reached this major milestone in our program,” announced Chaminade Nursing Dean Stephanie Genz, EdD, RN. “Accreditation would not have been possible without the hard work and commitment of our entire team here at Chaminade.”

In spring of 2014, the first cohort from the Chaminade University School of Nursing will graduate with some 50 students. Each year demand for the program far exceeds available spaces. Chaminade’s program is an “admit and commit” program to ensure that there is space to graduate those who start as freshman.

School of Nursing at Chaminade University of Honolulu now has a five-year accreditation from Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) for its BSN program.

The Hawaii State Board of Nursing gave Chaminade’s nursing program the necessary approval it needed to officially launch its nursing program in fall 2010. That original first-year cohort from 2010 will soon graduate in spring 2014.  

“Our first-year students come in with a strong commitment to becoming a nurse and are academically well-prepared and community minded from the get-go. Many of our students are also transfer students, which also ensures a very well prepared student,” said Genz.  “Consequently, our program has enjoyed high rates of retention, exceeding national averages.”

“From the program’s inception, through the commitment ceremony of the first class in the fall of 2010, to the recent completion of the third year,” said Chaminade President Bro. Bernard J. Ploeger, PhD, SM, “the health care community, our nursing advisory board, faculty and staff have collaborated to create a first class nursing education.”

Chaminade’s nursing educational experience draws heavily upon the Catholic, Marianist and Native Hawaiian serving identity of the school. Through early introduction of clinical experience, active service learning programs, state-of-the art technology and a values based curriculum, Chaminade is preparing graduates who will be dedicated RNs succeeding  in a variety of health care settings within Hawaii, the Pacific Region and the U.S. Mainland.

Leadership celebrated the major announcement of the School of Nursing at Chaminade University of Honolulu receiving full accreditation for five years (maximum) by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). Considered major pioneers of the program are from left to right Drs. Bro. Bernard Ploeger, SM (president); Helen Turner (dean of Natural Sciences and Mathematics), Stephanie Genz (dean of Nursing),and Larry Osborne (provost).

Educating students for life, service and successful careers, Chaminade University is a Catholic/ Marianist university offering programs of study grounded in the liberal arts with day, evening, online and accelerated courses. A Native Hawaiian / Pacific Islander serving institution, Chaminade is located at 3140 Waialae Ave., Honolulu, HI 9681, which is its main campus. It also has nine satellite locations around Oahu. Chaminade University is a member of the U.S. Green Building Council and looks forward to increased opportunities to promote environmental sustainability. For more information, visit the Chaminade Web site at www.chaminade.edu or call (808) 735-4711.###

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