Nursing Program Accreditation Status
The College of New Jersey Nursing Programs are fully accredited by all appropriate national, state, and specialized/professional nursing accrediting agencies. Accrediting agencies assure that programs in nursing education engage in effective educational practices in the preparation of nurses. A determination of accreditation by an accrediting agency is an indication of confidence in the educational institution to offer a program of quality, deserving of public approbation. (NOTE: Universities and colleges in the United States must hold appropriate regional accreditation in order to be recognized to award higher education degrees). All nursing programs must hold approval from their State Board of Nursing. Voluntary program accreditation by a specialized/professional accreditation body is highly desirable, particularly to assure graduates continued educational and employment mobility.
The College of New Jersey holds the following accreditations:
1. Commission on Colleges of the Middlestates Association of Colleges and Schools. This regional accreditation grants The College of New Jersey the right to award Bachelor, Master and Specialist degrees.
2. New Jersey Board of Nursing (required approval). The New Jersey Board of Nursing grants full approval to nursing programs who maintain compliance with the New Jersey Board of Nursing Rules and Regulations as evidenced by: annual reports submitted by the program, site visits, reports, and appropriate passing percentages of first-time writers on the NCLEX-RN examination. For further information on the Board of Nursing approval or specific concerns about the TCNJ nursing program contact:
New Jersey Board of Nursing
124 Halsey St., 6th Floor, Newark, N.J. 07101
Phone: 973-504-6430 www.njconsumeraffairs.gov/nur/
Current Approval Period May 15, 2007 to May 15, 2015.
3. National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC – Voluntary Specialized/Professional Accreditation). The National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (formerly National League for Nursing) granted Trenton State College initial approval for the baccalaureate nursing program in June 1970 and for the graduate nursing program in Spring 1994. Until 1998, the NLN was the only specialized accrediting body for nursing education programs in the United States. This accrediting body recognizes LPN, Associate Degree, Diploma, Baccalaureate, and Masters level nursing programs. Both the baccalaureate and graduate programs in nursing at the College of New Jersey were initially fully accredited by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC). The last Accreditation Period was: BSN 1996 to Spring 2004; MSN 1999 to Spring 2004. After that time TCNJ School of Nursing made the decision to become accredited by CCNE which functions with the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN).
4. Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE – Voluntary Specialized/Professional Accreditation – 2004 – 2018).