The School of Nursing and Health Professions BSN, MSN, and DNP programs are accredited by the Commission on
Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).
The prelicensure BSN and MSN programs, and the Doctoral FNP program are approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing.
California Board of Registered Nursing
1625 North Market Boulevard, Suite N217
Sacramento CA 95834
phone: (916) 322-3350
Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 530
Washington DC 20036-1120
phone: (202) 887-6791
fax: (202) 887-8476
The MPH program is in the accreditation process with the
Council of Education for Public Health.
Council of Education for Public Health
800 Eye Street, NW, Suite 202
Washington DC 20001-3710
phone: (202) 789-1050
fax: (202) 789-1895
What is 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
Accreditation by CCNE is intended to accomplish at least five general purposes:
- To hold nursing education programs accountable to the community of
interest - the nursing profession, consumers, employers, higher
education, students and their families - and to one another by ensuring
that these programs have mission statements, goals and outcomes that
are appropriate for programs preparing individuals to enter the field
- To evaluate the success of a nursing education program in achieving its mission, goals and outcomes.
- To assess the extent to which a nursing education program meets accreditation standards.
- To inform the public of the purposes and values of
accreditation and to identify nursing education programs that meet
- To foster continuing improvement in nursing education programs - and thereby in professional practice.
What is CEPH?
The Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH) is an independent agency recognized by the US 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 the Council is "to enhance health in human populations through organized community effort." The Council'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 Council's objectives are:
- to promote quality in public health education through a continuing process of self-evaluation by the schools and programs that seek accreditation;
- to 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; and
- to encourage - through periodic review, consultation, research, publications, and other means - improvements in the quality of education for public health.