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UT’s College of Nursing received the maximum ten years of continuing accreditation from the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education following an extensive self-study and March accreditation visit.

Victoria P. Niederhauser
Victoria Niederhauser

Officially recognized by the US Secretary of Education as a national accreditation agency, CCNE is the accrediting body responsible for the evaluation of baccalaureate and graduate degree programs in nursing. The college met all four CCNE accreditation standards for its baccalaureate, master’s and doctor of nursing practice programs.

“Our program outcomes spoke for themselves and we were able to clearly demonstrate that UT has an exceptional nursing program,” said Victoria Niederhauser, dean of the college.

The five-member team of accreditors interviewed college and university administrators, faculty, students, alumni, board members, and other community representatives. The accreditors toured facilities, reviewed the self-study, observed classrooms, and visited clinical sites.

“The feedback the team shared about their visit was extremely positive,” said Niederhauser. “They commented about the high level of pride our faculty, students, staff, alumni, and advisory board have in being part of the College of Nursing family.”

A successful academic review of the Ph.D. program was conducted in June as part of Tennessee Higher Education Commission requirements. Most recently, the Tennessee Board of Nursing conducted a comprehensive ten-year review of all of the College of Nursing’s programs. The college received the highest rating from the Board of Nursing, meeting all standards with no recommendations.

The College of Nursing has held national accreditation since 1974, when full accreditation was first granted by the National League of Nursing for an eight-year period.


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