2010
Online master’s program in nursing receives professional accreditation

Online master’s program in nursing receives professional accreditation 
December 1, 2010

Phil Brozynski
(630) 829-6094
pbrozynski@ben.edu

Ragland 2007Lisle, Illinois ~ The Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) has accredited Benedictine University's online Master of Science in Nursing (M.S.N.) program for the maximum five-year period through December 15, 2015, the commission announced recently.

Recognized by the U.S. Department of Education, the CCNE is an autonomous accrediting agency that contributes to the improvement of the public's health by ensuring the quality and integrity of baccalaureate, graduate and residency programs in nursing.

The commission determined that the program met all accreditation standards and added that there were no compliance concerns with any of its key elements.

"The M.S.N. program fulfills a long-standing strategic goal of the department to provide graduate nursing education that embodies the Benedictine mission of scholarship, diversity and service," said Ethel Ragland, Ed.D., M.N., R.N., professor and chair of the Department of Nursing and Health at Benedictine University.

"This accreditation provides us with the opportunity to enhance and support nursing professionals across the world through a unique curriculum that is delivered entirely online," she added.

The online M.S.N. program draws on Benedictine's experience of educating nurses for more than 25 years by offering an innovative curriculum designed to prepare Registered Nurses (R.N.) for the rapidly changing face of health care.

The program emphasizes interrelated academic preparation in areas of leadership, education, administration, and public and global health care. Nurses study these content areas in the context of demographic trends such as the increase in the elderly population and caring for vulnerable populations including the homeless, those with chemical addictions, HIV/AIDS, the poor and those with catastrophic illnesses.

"The role of the nurse is rapidly moving beyond bedside care," Ragland said. "Increasingly, nurses are taking on new challenges managing large clinics, overseeing million dollar budgets and educating the next generation of nurses to meet the growing demand. Our program prepares nurses so they can flexibly adapt to and positively shape the future of health care."

The Benedictine M.S.N. curriculum combines an eight-course core with the flexibility of four additional elective courses for an individualized curriculum. Students have the opportunity to reach across different academic disciplines to create a truly custom M.S.N. degree rather than following one track.

The flexibility offered by the elective courses allows nurses in the M.S.N. program to take multiple courses in a specific discipline area, or gain broad-based exposure to a number of different areas. This offers the student the opportunity for a personalized academic and career growth plan that also meets the skill demands for current and future professional practice settings.

"Students in the M.S.N. program are provided an opportunity to challenge themselves, gain new knowledge and enhance their professional skills for nursing leadership situations," said Lisa Envoy, Ed.D., associate professor in the Department of Nursing and Health and coordinator of the M.S.N. program. 

"We as nursing leaders are given a 'gift' to work with others within diverse setting and situations, and should be proud of how we can make a difference for others," she said.

To learn more about the M.S.N. online program, contact Benedictine University's admissions team at (866) 295-3104 or visit www.onlinedegrees-benedictine.com.

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Benedictine University is an independent Roman Catholic institution located in Lisle, Illinois just 25 miles west of Chicago. Founded in 1887, Benedictine provides 53 undergraduate majors, 13 graduate and four doctorate programs. Benedictine University is ranked as a Top School in the Midwest (11th in Illinois) for Master's Universities, 12th in the Midwest (and sixth in Illinois) for Racial Diversity, and eighth in Illinois for Freshmen Retention for 2011 by U.S. News & World Report.