The University of San Francisco: School of Nursing
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Program Accreditation

Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Master of Science in Nursing, and Doctor of Nursing Practice

All programs are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) and approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing.

About CCNE The Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) is an autonomous accrediting agency, contributing to the improvement of the public’s health. A specialized/professional accrediting agency, CCNE ensures the quality and integrity of baccalaureate and graduate education programs preparing effective nurses. CCNE serves the public interest by assessing and identifying programs that engage in effective educational practices. As a voluntary, self-regulatory process, CCNE accreditation supports and encourages continuing self-assessment by nursing education programs and supports continuing growth and improvement of collegiate professional education.”

CCNE accreditation aims to accomplish the following:

  • Hold nursing education programs accountable to the community of interest—the nursing profession, consumers, employers, higher education, and students and their families—and to one another by ensuring that these programs have mission statements and goals and outcomes that are appropriate for programs preparing individuals to enter the field of nursing
  • Evaluate the success of a nursing education program in achieving its mission, goals, and outcomes
  • Assess the extent to which a nursing education program meets accreditation standards
  • Inform the public of the purposes and values of accreditation and to identify nursing education programs that meet accreditation standards
  • Foster continuing improvement in nursing education programs—and thereby in professional practice

Executive Leadership Doctor of Nursing Practice

The ELDNP curriculum is based on the AACN Essentials for the Doctor of Nursing Practice, in addition to the AONE Core Competencies for Nursing Executives. The curriculum also maintains the standards and expectations set by the Council on Graduate Education for Administrative Nursing (CGEAN), the American Nurses Association, and the National Center for Healthcare Leadership (NCHL) Health Leadership Competency Model.

Master of Public Health

The MPH program is currently in the process of receiving accreditation from the Council of Education for Public Health.

About CEPH The Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH) is an independent agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education to accredit schools of public health and public health programs offered in settings other than schools of public health. These schools and programs prepare students for entry into careers in public health. The primary professional degree is the Master of Public Health (MPH) but other master’s and doctoral degrees are offered as well.

The goal of CEPH is “to enhance health in human populations through organized community effort.” CEPH’s focus is the improvement of health through the assurance of professional personnel who are able to identify, prevent, and solve community health problems.

The objectives of CEPH are as follows:

  • Promote quality in public health education through a continuing process of self-evaluation by the schools and programs that seek accreditation
  • Assure the public that institutions offering graduate instruction in public health have been evaluated and judged to meet standards essential for the conduct of such educational programs
  • Encourage—through periodic review, consultation, research, publications, and other means—improvements in the quality of education for public health

Doctor of Psychology (PsyD in Clinical Psychology)

The PsyD program is designed to meet the standards of the Association of State and Provincial Psychology Boards (ASPPB) and the Guidelines & Principles on Accreditation of the American Psychological Association (APA). The program is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) and has “Observer Member” status in the National Council of Schools and Programs of Professional Psychology (NCSPP).