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SUNY Upstate's College of Nursing earns top accreditation from national panel

SYRACUSE, N.Y. - The College of Nursing at SUNY Upstate Medical University has been awarded a ten-year accreditation from the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).

"It is extremely important for nursing programs to be accredited today," said Elvira Szigeti, Ph.D., dean of the College of Nursing. "It is an evaluation by your peers.

Szigeti said a degree from a CCNE-accredited institution can be especially beneficial if the nursing student plans to seek an advanced degree in nursing. "Accreditation from the CCNE is a way of ensuring the quality and integrity of the college's academic programs. It tells the students-and the larger community-that our nursing program meets its objectives and goals and provides a sound foundation for pursuing other educational opportunities in nursing."

The accreditation was received after an exhaustive review of the college's administration, resources and curriculum. Also reviewed for accreditation purposes were evaluations of the college from faculty and students.

In addition to studying written reports, CCNE sent evaluators to the SUNY Upstate campus earlier this year to meet with administrators, faculty and students as well as other university officials.

The ten-year accreditation covers both the college's baccalaureate and master's degree program. Currently, 225 students are matriculated in the College of Nursing.