IRVINE, CA--(Marketwired - Feb 10, 2015) - Concordia University Irvine announced today that the Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing (ABSN) and the Associate Degree Registered Nurse (RN) to Bachelor of Science in Nursing Degree (BSN) programs have earned a 10-year accreditation from the Commission of Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), an autonomous agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education for the accreditation of baccalaureate, master's and doctoral programs. A voluntary and comprehensive process, the CCNE accreditation team concluded that Concordia's nursing programs engage in effective educational practices and continuous quality improvement.

"We are honored to be recognized for our nursing programs. This year-long, rigorous accreditation process has demonstrated to the medical community and our academic peers that we offer a high-quality nursing education that provides great opportunities for our students," said Mary Hobus, R.N., M.S., Ph.D., director of the Department of Nursing at Concordia University Irvine. "The positive feedback that we received from CCNE will help us continue to grow the nursing programs and set goals for the future."

CCNE serves the public interest by assessing and identifying programs that engage in effective educational practices. As a self-regulatory process, CCNE standards are designed to encourage innovation and experimentation in teaching. CCNE evaluates mission, goals and expected outcomes of nursing programs throughout the United States and evaluates the curriculum and its reflection on professional nursing standards and the needs of the community. Additionally, CCNE representatives analyze the parent institution's support of the program, including involvement of the faculty and students and the resources they make available for program participants. The nursing program's effectiveness is also measured by overall quality, program completion rates, licensure and certificate pass rates and employment rates upon graduation.

The CCNE accreditation process included a thorough examination of Concordia's curriculum and a formal on-site visit, which occurred in the spring of 2014. The visit included interviews with the faculty, students and administration. The Concordia ABSN program began in 2008 and the RN to BSN program began in 2011. Recently, the ABSN program at Concordia was ranked in the top ten for the "50 Best Accelerated BSN Programs for 2015" from alongside John Hopkins University, Duke University and Michigan State University. For more information about Concordia University Irvine nursing programs, visit

About Concordia University Irvine
Concordia University Irvine prepares students for their vocations -- their calling in life. Concordia University Irvine offers undergraduate, graduate, doctoral, and adult degree programs in a beautiful Southern California location in the City of Irvine, with online and regional cohort options. Concordia's undergraduate program is distinctive among universities in California because of its nationally recognized Core Curriculum, and its Lutheran heritage that provides a thoughtful and caring Christian community that lives out the theology of "Grace Alone. Faith Alone." Concordia is a U.S. News Top Tier Regional University and has been named by The Chronicle of Higher Education as one of the fastest growing private nonprofit master's institutions. Concordia University Irvine enrolls over 4,000 students.

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