‘Clean sweep’ for UIC Nursing programs

All eligible UIC Nursing academic programs earn coveted 10-year accreditation

The UIC College of Nursing’s bachelor’s, master’s, DNP and post-DNP certificate programs earned 10-year accreditation by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, which is a U.S. Secretary of Education-recognized national accreditation agency.

The commission ensures the quality and integrity of nursing programs and serves the public interest by assessing and identifying programs that engage in effective educational practices.

Each academic program at UIC Nursing that was up for accreditation from CCNE received a 10-year stamp of approval following an exhaustive self-study report as well as a February site visit from the commission.

Calling it a “clean sweep,” UIC Nursing Dean Terri Weaver, PhD, RN, FAAN, ATSF, congratulated the self-study for being “thorough, well-written, and providing a clear picture of our educational devotion and excellence.”

Catherine Vincent, PhD, RN, associate dean for academic affairs, led the accreditation process, with a team that included alumni and former faculty Patricia Lewis, PhD ’93, and Lynda Slimmer, PhD ’84, MS ’72, BSN ’69.

Vincent says the self-study and the site visit provided an opportunity for the college to assess and showcase its programs, a process important for continued growth and improvement.

“The visit and team report reinforced our beliefs that our baccalaureate, masters and DNP programs are strong and meet CCNE standards,” she said.

UIC Nursing programs not under the purview of CCNE include PhD and the DNP specialties in nurse-midwifery and nurse-midwifery/women’s health nurse practitioner.