Hempstead-based Hofstra Northwell School of Nursing and Physician Assistant Studies undergraduate program has achieved accreditation from the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, an educational-accrediting agency.

The accreditation affirms that the program meets the highest integrity and standards in the profession.

The undergraduate program began accepting students for its first class in the fall of 2021. The program gives students clinical experience in their first year of study, and is designed to guarantee job placements within the Northwell Health system.

“Being at Hofstra provides a tremendous amount of both academic support and encouragement while also helping nursing students network with Northwell hospitals across the island – something other schools can’t offer,” Natalie Chua, class of ’25 and a resident from Levittown. Chua is a part of the inaugural undergraduate nursing class and president of the Student Nurse Association.

This September, the case-based curriculum – a draw for students – is set to move into Hofstra’s new 75,000-square-foot Science and Innovation Center.  The center will serve as the home of not only the School of Nursing, but also the DeMatteis School of Engineering and Applied Science. The facility was designed and built to meet specifications to achieve LEED Silver certification status.

At the center, students will have access to labs and simulation facilities that feature the most advanced technology.

“These distinctions are just a continuation of great accomplishments of the School of Nursing & PA Studies,” said the schools dean, Renee McLeod, in a statement.

McLeod touted the school’s “brand new 75,000-square-foot facility with a state-of-the-art simulation center opening this fall, where we will welcome our third cohort of undergraduate nursing students, and our largest class of graduate students.”

She said that the accreditation “validates our innovative, integrated course design and delivery system, supported by our interprofessional faculty.”

The Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education accreditation process involves rating nursing programs on four standards. Those standards include mission and governance, institutional commitment and resources, curriculum and teaching-learning practices, and assessment and achievement of outcome.

The commission’s board of commissioners awarded the undergraduate nursing program its first accreditation in April, and re-accredited the school’s existing masters, doctoral and post-grad advanced practice nurses certificate programs.

The Hofstra-Northwell School of Nursing and Physician Assistant Studies is said to be the first school to be accredited using the American Association of College of Nursing new competency-based standards.

“Creating practice ready nurses and transforming the educational experience to meet the complex demands of healthcare is who we are at Hofstra-Northwell,” McLeod said.

As an educational accrediting agency, the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education aims to serve the public interest by providing an unbiased assessment of the quality of professional education programs.

The agency evaluates and makes judgments about the quality of baccalaureate and graduate programs in nursing located in colleges and universities that are accredited by an institutional accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.




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