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Accreditation Renewed for Nursing

November 15, 2010, the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) notified the Department of Nursing in ENHP of the renewal of program accreditation for a period of 10 years. The CCNE Board of Commissioners determined that the baccalaureate and master's programs met all four accreditation standards. The Board additionally determined that there were no compliance concerns with respect to the key elements.

Nursing has been a presence on the University campus since the late 70's when diploma nurses from the Hartford Hospital School of Nursing began enrolling in the RN to BSN program to complete a baccalaureate degree. The master's degree program opened in the late 80's with two possible areas of focus: Nursing Management and Nursing Education.

Today the offerings include a third focus area in Public Health Nursing. The service learning that students experience in homeless shelters and schools has long been a part of a public heath initiative - Project Horizon of the Center for Health, Care, and Well-being. Students confront  and come to understand the public health issues of vulnerable populations and they make significant contributions to the clients or students they come to know.  In addition, the current research by Katharine Kranz-Lewis, Director of the Center for Public Health and Education Policy has already been utilized in the state to address two public health concerns: obesity and smoking.