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School of Nursing Receives Continuing Accreditation

The National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC) recently awarded the Bethel School of Nursing continuing accreditation for its Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program for eight years. This accreditation covers the traditional baccalaureate program in nursing and the baccalaureate completion program.

Preparation for the accreditation visit included an extensive self-study and program evaluation. Graduate Program Director Karon Schwartz, Ph.D., Associate Dean of Nursing Deborah Gillum, Ph.D. and Assistant Professor Sally Erdel took the lead on this, with much input from nursing faculty. In September 2010, an NLNAC survey team spent three days on campus reviewing documents and conducting interviews with many School of Nursing stakeholders. Several additional steps followed before the NLNAC Board of Directors made the final decision in March 2011.

“Accreditation is an affirmation of values central to thinking about postsecondary and higher education: appropriate mission, organizational structures, processes, and functions; resources aligned with core values; collegiality; and continuous self-improvement” (NLNAC, 2008).

The next accreditation visit for the Bethel College School of Nursing BSN programs is scheduled for 2018.

Bethel College is an accredited Christian college offering associate, bachelor’s and master’s degrees in more than 70 areas of study. The current enrollment of more than 2,100 includes students from 34 states and Puerto Rico, 19 countries, more than 25 denominations and 16 percent from culturally diverse backgrounds. Scholarships are available based upon a variety of factors including academic achievement, talent in the arts or athletics, ethnicity and church affiliation. In addition to its beautifully wooded 75-acre main campus in Mishawaka, Ind., Bethel also offers specific academic programs at sites in Elkhart, Ind., Fort Wayne, Ind., Dowagiac, Mich., and St. Joseph, Mich. Nursing programs are also offered in cooperation with Grace College in Winona Lake, Ind.