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Olivet College is pleased to announce that the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) has granted accreditation to the College’s Registered Nurse to Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN-BSN) program. CCNE is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education for the accreditation of baccalaureate, master’s, doctoral and certificate programs in the United States and its territories.

“This accreditation marks a substantial milestone for our program. Earning accreditation for our nursing program through CCNE affirms we are delivering on our responsibility to offer quality education for our students. Accreditation status is a measure of the highest quality and reflects the significant work and the personal commitment of the nursing faculty and the excellence of the total college curriculum,” said Olivet College President Steven M. Corey, Ph.D.

In preparation for the accreditation process, Olivet College completed a rigorous self-review process, in addition to hosting CCNE site program evaluators on campus in the fall of 2019. The CCNE Board of Commissioners determined that Olivet College has met all four accreditation standards:
1. Mission and governance.
2. Institutional commitment and resources.
3. Curriculum and teaching-learning practices.
4. Assessment and achievement of program outcomes.

The Olivet College program serves two populations of students seeking a seamless path to a BSN:
• Traditional Pathway to Nursing students interested in a BSN degree following completion of an associate degree in applied science in nursing.
• Professional registered nurses (RNs) currently working in the health care industry.

The Olivet College distinctive, relationship-based program offers an education delivery model that supports students in completing the program while balancing their school-family-work-life responsibilities. Two modes of delivery are provided for students:
• Interactive online experience in real time.
• Asynchronous online experience, which allows students to complete courses at times convenient around their work and family responsibilities.

In 2018, Olivet College entered into an articulation agreement with Kellogg Community College to increase the number of bachelor-level nursing graduates in Battle Creek and help create a stronger nursing workforce across the region. Olivet College is presently working toward articulation agreements with other Michigan community colleges.

“In just two years, we have built a relationship-based program that positions Olivet College to emerge as a leader in nursing education,” said Dr. Lorraine Manier, DNP, MSN-ED, RN, Olivet College director of nursing education. “We are grateful to our students, community stakeholders, the Olivet College Board of Trustees and our esteemed faculty and staff for their support and hard work in helping to develop a nursing program of the highest caliber. Olivet College is committed to continued innovation and enhancement of our nursing program while remaining true to our mission of Individual and Social Responsibility.”

For more information about the Olivet College RN-BSN program, contact Mike Lazusky, director of adult professional and graduate programs, at 269-749-6612 or mlazusky@olivetcollege.edu.

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