Louisville, Ky. — April 7, 2016 — Galen College of Nursing (www.galencollege.edu) is pleased to announce the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) has granted programmatic accreditation to its Associate Degree in Nursing program at the Louisville campus.
ACEN programmatic accreditation is specific to nursing and affirms that the program is committed to quality standards in the area of curriculum, outcomes, faculty, governance, resources, and students. It is a form of self-regulation and evaluates a specific program against a set of nationally normed criteria.
The extensive accreditation process began in 2013, when Candidacy was granted, continued with a two year self-study submitted in 2015, and culminated in an Accreditation Site Visit, which made a recommendation for accreditation. This recommendation was affirmed by an Evaluation Review Panel in January, and then approved by the ACEN Board of Commissioners in March 2016.
“It is validation for our students, our academic and healthcare peers and our community, that the college meets external standards and is consistently striving for the highest level of quality in nursing education,” said Academic President, Dr. Anne McNamara.
“As a school exclusively dedicated to nursing education in today’s healthcare landscape, it is imperative that we are always looking for ways to support the nursing profession, and most importantly, to meet and exceed quality metrics for our students and the communities they serve,” said Mark Vogt, CEO of Galen College of Nursing. “I couldn’t be more proud of the talented faculty and staff who guide the development and delivery of our nursing education, and who made this possible.”
Galen College of Nursing graduates more nursing students than any other single program in Kentucky and consistently exceeds the national average on nursing licensure pass rates. In fact, Galen students had a 94% first time pass rate on RN licensure in 2015. Galen features one of the largest nursing advanced simulation centers in the state and highly qualified faculty and academic leadership dedicated to driving quality care and expanding growth within the profession.
The ACEN supports the interests of nursing education, nursing practice, and the public by the functions of accreditation. Accreditation is a voluntary, self-regulatory process by which non-governmental associations recognize educational institutions or programs that have been found to meet or exceed standards and criteria for educational quality. Accreditation also assists in the further improvement of the institutions or programs as related to resources invested, processes followed, and results achieved. The monitoring of certificate, diploma, and degree offerings is tied closely to state examination and licensing rules, and to the oversight of preparation for work in the profession.
For more information about Galen College of Nursing, visit galencollege.edu.
For more information about ACEN, visit http://www.acenursing.org.
Founded over 25 years ago, Galen College of Nursing is one of the largest private nursing colleges in the United States. With a focus solely on nursing education, the College offers practical/vocational nursing (PN/VN), associate and online baccalaureate degree nursing programs to over 3,000 students on its campuses in Louisville, Ky., San Antonio, Texas, Tampa Bay, Fla., Cincinnati, Ohio, along with an Online Campus. Galen is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges.