Accredited Education

Utica College Nursing Programs Receive Accreditation

Utica College’s baccalaureate nursing degree programs have received accreditation, which will be valid for the next five years.
 
The Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education felt that the New York institution’s programs met or exceeded the organization’s four accreditation standards. These criteria relate to the quality and effectiveness of a curriculum.
 
Students who choose to enroll in the four-year degree program will focus on clinical study. Following graduation, they will be eligible to take the National Council Licensure Examination for registered nurses.
 
In addition, Utica offers a registered nurse-to-bachelor’s of science program for individuals with an associate’s degree. This track is available online and helps students acquire leadership, patient care, communication, critical thinking and decision-making skills.
 
Catherine Brownell, chair and associate professor of nursing at Utica, said the accreditation is not only viewed as the gold standard in nursing education, but an important step for the program, which is on its way to reaching its full potential.
 
"We are able to integrate new research into our nursing curriculum, so that our graduates can stay on the cutting edge of changes in medicine and healthcare delivery," Brownell said. "This clearly gives them an advantage when they begin working the field."
 
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median annual wages of registered nurses who were in 2008 was $62,450.

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