PORTALES, NM – Oct. 18, 2021 – The Eastern New Mexico University Department of Health and Human Services announced that the BSN Completion Program and Master of Science in Nursing Program have each received continuing accreditation from the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) through spring 2029.
"The Nursing Program faculty and staff have worked diligently to establish evidence-based nursing curricula which have currency and relevancy for today's nursing practice. We could not maintain this level of excellence without the support and expertise found within our department, the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, and ENMU's academic leadership," Nursing Program Director Kristin Kuhlmann said.
According to the ACEN website, they support the interests of nursing education, nursing practice and the public through the functions of accreditation. Accreditation confirms that a nursing program is meeting standards of educational quality through the peer review process and ensures students that they are enrolled in a quality nursing education program.
ACEN also states students with a degree from an accredited program are more competitive in the job market because employers know their education has adhered to national standards. In addition, students can readily transfer nursing credits to another graduate program or a program with an advanced practice role.
ENMU's BSN and MSN Programs will continue to submit annual reports and updates to ACEN regarding the progress of its academic programs to validate their commitment to meeting expected standards of educational quality specific to nursing education. The next site visit for the program accreditation is planned for spring 2029.