Participate in BC's Nursing Accreditation

By Chris Shoemaker | January 9, 2013 | RSS

Participate in BC's Nursing Accreditation
Bluefield College’s School of Nursing is preparing for its Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) accreditation visit, scheduled for March 20-22, 2013, and is calling on alumni and the community at-large to participate in the process.



Participate in BC's School of Nursing Accreditation Process


The CCNE is an autonomous accrediting agency, contributing to the improvement of the public’s health by ensuring the quality and integrity of nursing education. The Commission serves the public interest by assessing and identifying programs that engage in effective educational practices.


As part of the process of earning accreditation with the CCNE, Bluefield College’s School of Nursing will complete a self-study of its RN-to-BSN program, focusing on key standards of quality and effectiveness. The CCNE standards include: Mission and Governance; Institutional Commitment and Resources; Curriculum; Teaching and Learning Practices; and Aggregate Student and Faculty Outcomes.


Dr. Carolyn Lewis, director of the BC School of Nursing.



In addition, as part of the accreditation process, Bluefield College alumni and community partners are encouraged to submit written comments concerning the BC School of Nursing’s qualifications for accreditation. The third party comments should be submitted to the CCNE no later than 30 days prior to the scheduled March accreditation visit.


Comments must be signed and will be shared only with the CCNE visiting team. To review complete accreditation standards and procedures, visit the CCNE web site at Submit comments related to BC’s accreditation to the American Association of Colleges of Nursing, One Dupont Circle NW, Suite 530, Washington, DC 20036.


Alumni and friends who would like to meet directly with members of the CCNE accreditation team during its March 20-22 visit to Bluefield, should contact BC’s Nicki Childress in the Office of Academic Affairs at 276-326-4203 to schedule a day and time.


Bluefield College announced the creation of its new nursing program in the fall of 2010 to meet a critical need in southwest Virginia for baccalaureate nursing education. Soon after, the College developed partnerships with regional community colleges to make the nursing program more accessible to RNs and associate degree graduates in southwest Virginia.


In 2011, BC hired Tazewell, Virginia, native Dr. Carolyn Keen Lewis, a nurse with more than 20 years of experience in health care, to direct the RN-to-BSN degree. Dr. Lewis quickly earned accreditation for the program with the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges and developed a Guaranteed Admission Agreement with the Virginia Community College System to draw students and nurses statewide into the BC School of Nursing.


Delivered primarily online through the College’s inSPIRE degree-completion program -- a convenient, accelerated degree-completion curriculum designed to allow a working adult with prior college credit the opportunity to complete a bachelor’s degree in as little as 13 months -- BC’s RN-to-BSN program is now up for accreditation with the CCNE, the national voice for America’s nursing education programs. If approved, the accreditation will be granted for a term of five years.


For more information about the Bluefield College School of Nursing or the BC RN-to-BSN degree, visit or call 276-326-4472.





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