Brookdale’s acclaimed nursing program has once again been recognized by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN), receiving a renewed accreditation through 2019.
The accreditation, which has been in place since 1979, signifies that Brookdale’s program meets or exceeds the ACEN’s latest standards for educational quality.
“Accreditation requires that the Brookdale faculty participate in a systematic, ongoing review of the nursing program,” said Professor Mary Ehret, director of Brookdale’s nursing program. “It is a continuous process to ensure that the program delivers a quality education, and that our educational standards are up to date and based on evidence.”
The ACEN is a national accreditation agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.
Brookdale’s nursing program is also accredited by the New Jersey State Board of Nursing and is one of less than 30 programs nationwide to be named a designated Center of Excellence by the National League for Nursing.
Upon completion of the program, students are eligible to sit for the National Council Licensing Exam for Registered Nursing. Successful completion of the examination results in licensure as a registered nurse (RN). According to Ehret, Brookdale graduates pass the exam at a higher rate than the national average.
Last year 114 students graduated from the 72-credit associate degree program, which prepares students for entry-level nursing positions in medical facilities or for transfer to a four-year program.
Students pursuing Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degrees can take advantage of the program’s dual-enrollment agreement with New Jersey City University or an ongoing articulation agreement with Rutgers University, both of which provide a seamless transition to the next level.
Regardless of their ultimate goals, students can rest assured that Brookdale’s nursing program remains one of the best places to start.
PICTURED: Brookdale nursing program graduates celebrate following their official “pinning” ceremony in May 2014.