The undergraduate Nursing Program at Anna Maria College has received official notice of its continued accreditation from the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN). Program accreditation, granted since 1989 for the college’s RN to BSN completion program, was most recently extended to include the college’s traditional, four-year BSN program that launched in 2011.

The accreditation confirmation follows a site visit and thorough analysis of AMC’s educational objectives and teaching standards and is good through 2019.

“This important endorsement further emphasizes the caliber of AMC’s Bachelor of Science in Nursing Program and the high standards employed by our talented Health Sciences faculty,” said Billye Auclair, PhD, vice president for Academic Affairs at AMC.

Since 1979, AMC has offered its RN to BSN completion program for licensed nurses interested in obtaining a bachelor’s degree. In 2011, the Nursing Program expanded to offer a four-year BSN to meet the needs of traditional, pre-licensure students. Its inaugural class of approximately 50 students is slated to graduate in spring 2015.

According to Carol Gabriele, DNP, MA, RN, CNE, director of AMC’s Nursing Programs and 25-year veteran of the nursing profession, “ACEN’s favorable findings strengthen our momentum as we strive to educate and prepare undergraduates to perform as skilled and compassionate nursing professionals in the dynamic field of health care.”

For more information on AMC’s Nursing Program, visit http://www.annamaria.edu/academics/undergrad/fire-and-health-sciences/nursing. For more information on ACEN’s accreditation process, visit www.acenursing.org.

Anna Maria College is a private, co-educational institution founded in 1946 by the Sisters of St. Anne. With an annual enrollment of 1,500 students, the college prides itself on providing a values-based, service-focused liberal arts education. AMC has grown to offer 40 undergraduate majors, as well as many graduate and certificate programs, both on-ground and online. The small student-faculty ratio allows for a highly personalized learning experience, while the modest class and campus size allow for optimal student involvement. The college offers 17 Division III, varsity-level athletic programs for men and women. AMC’s campus is conveniently located just minutes away from Worcester, MA on 192 acres in Paxton.

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