Las Vegas, N.M. – The Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education announced continued accreditation for the New Mexico Highlands RN-BSN Program, extending the accreditation through December 2024.
The university’s bachelor of science degree in nursing has been accredited by CCNE since 2009 and has remained in good standing since its initial accreditation.
“We met all the accreditation standards, such as curriculum integrity, faculty qualifications, and support from the Highlands administration for the program,” said Jeanie Flood, the Highlands RN-BSN Program director. “The accreditation process ensures we are delivering quality nursing education to our students.”
Flood said there is a nationwide push to increase the percentage of nurses who hold BSN degrees.
The Highlands RN-BSN Program is designed for nurses who have earned their nursing associate degree and are registered nurses. It became fully online in 2012.
“The online nursing program at Highlands is designed to make it easier for working registered nurses to complete their bachelor’s degree, preparing them for higher-level nursing positions in patient care, management and community health. Our program is a path to lifelong learning and opens up many opportunities in the nursing profession,” Flood said.
Flood said that for the fall 2018 semester, the Highlands RN-BSN Program transitioned from 16-week to eight-week courses.
“With this change, the program can be completed in as little as 14 months,” Flood said.
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, nursing is one of the fastest growing professions in the country.
“In New Mexico, especially in rural areas, there’s a high demand for nurses,” Flood said.
In 2016, the federal National Center for Education Statistics ranked the Highlands RN-BSN Program 15th in the nation for its combination of accreditation and affordable tuition.
According to its website, the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education ensures the quality and integrity of baccalaureate, graduate, and residency programs in nursing. The commission serves the public interest by assessing and identifying programs that engage in effective educational practices.