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Galen College of Nursing awarded regional accreditation from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges

Louisville, Ky. — Galen College of Nursing has been awarded regional accreditation from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC). This designation, which represents the highest level of institutional accreditation in higher education, was awarded at the annual summer meeting of the SACSCOC Board of Trustees. The College’s five-year accreditation status is retroactive to January 1, 2013.

SACSCOC accreditation provides assurance of quality to the public that the College has demonstrated compliance with an established set of standards and criteria. Through the active engagement of faculty and staff in the accreditation process, Galen confirmed that it accomplishes its mission through the effectiveness of its resources, programs, services, and academic outcomes. In addition, this designation will help students with mobility as they continue their education, signals quality to prospective employers, promotes the College’s accountability to the public, and will serve to strengthen community partnerships and provide opportunities to foster new relationships throughout the healthcare community.

“In 2008, we embraced the challenge to achieve regional accreditation. Five years later, Galen College of Nursing has met this challenge,” said President Mark Vogt. “Achieving regional accreditation is a major milestone in the history of the College. This is an acknowledgement from our peers of the College’s dedication to providing its students with the highest quality of nursing education possible, and it validates our faculty and staff’s commitment to excellence. We are proud to share this accomplishment with our students, alumni, and communities. This is an exciting time for the College and is a transformative moment in our evolution – we are truly just getting started on what we will contribute to the nursing profession.”

SACSCOC accreditation allows the College to apply to expand its nursing program offerings which includes the development of a baccalaureate degree in Nursing (BSN). “The future of healthcare in the U.S. will require that nurses have increased opportunities to advance their educational preparation,” said Vice President for Academic Affairs, Tracy A. Ortelli, PhD, RN, CNE, ANEF. “Regional accreditation positions Galen College of Nursing to strategically move forward in order to help fill this growing and important educational need.”

About Galen College of Nursing

Founded over 20 years ago, Galen College of Nursing is one of the largest private nursing schools in the United States. With a focus solely on nursing education, the College offers practical/vocational nurse (PN/VN) and associate degree nursing programs to students on its campuses in Louisville, Ky., San Antonio, Texas, Tampa Bay, Fla., and Cincinnati, Ohio. Galen is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges. For more information about Galen College of Nursing, visit our website.

Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges is the regional body for the accreditation of degree-granting higher education institutions in the Southern states. The mission of the Commission on Colleges is the improvement of education in the South through accreditation. The accreditation process is based on concepts of integrity and honesty with the goal of improving institutional standards and encouraging innovation in higher education. For questions about the accreditation status of Galen College of Nursing, contact: Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges, 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097, 404-679-4501.