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HIGHLAND HEIGHTS, Ky. – Northern Kentucky University’s nursing programs have earned initial accreditation from the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), the national body that ensures the quality and integrity of baccalaureate, graduate, and residency programs in nursing.

This accreditation applies to the Bachelor of Science in Nursing; Master of Science in Nursing; and post-graduate APRN certificate programs. CCNE is an autonomous arm of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing, which is the national voice for baccalaureate and graduate nursing education. More than 80 percent of the nation’s baccalaureate and master’s nursing programs are affiliated with CCNE.

“We are extremely proud of our nursing programs, and we are pleased that CCNE has recognized the quality and integrity of the programs,” said Dale Scalise-Smith, dean of the College of Health Professions.


“This achievement would not be possible without the dedication of our faculty and staff, who work each day to give our students every opportunity for success.”

The CCNE Board of Directors said NKU’s nursing programs meet all four standards for accreditation: program mission and governance; institutional commitment and resources; curriculum and teaching-learning practices; and assessment and achievement of program outcomes.

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Accreditation is a stamp of approval for an academic institution or program, recognizing program quality and educational preparation of students. NKU’s baccalaureate, master’s and post-graduate APRN certificate nursing programs were previously accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN). NKU’s Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program continues to be accredited by the ACEN.

For more information about NKU’s BSN, MSN, post-graduate APRN certificate, and DNP  programs, visit