SUU Nursing Program Earns Continuing Accreditation

Nov 23, 2021

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Donna Lister

Continuing a path of excellence, Southern Utah University’s Department of Nursing has been re-accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). The CCNE reviews each program and how well it meets the standards of baccalaureate nursing programs. This year marks fifteen years of accreditation for SUU’s Nursing program.


“We are pleased to announce the accreditation that will take us through 2030,” said Dr. Donna Lister, department chair and professor of nursing at SUU. “It is a demanding and dynamic endeavor to educate nurses in our current environment. The faculty and staff at SUU have met that challenge and maintained the high quality of our educational experience for our students. I am grateful to work with excellent faculty, staff, and, of course, students.“



SUU Nursing’s dedication to students shows in the accolades the program has received. The program has been recognized by Colleges of Distinction for its high-impact approach to education and was also deemed the best public nursing school in the state.


The online program was ranked #5 in the nation for the online bachelor’s degree in nursing among over 7,000 accredited institutions across the country. This acknowledgment is very impressive because only eight percent of schools in the U.S. earn a ranking position, much less rank in the top five.


Additionally, in October, SUU was named as one of just three schools in the nation to receive the Skyfactor/Benchworks Nursing Education Impact Award. SUU Nursing was recognized for its high performance in the overall satisfaction of students.


The Nursing program itself has also received endorsement from current students and SUU alumni over the years and boasts a 100% pass rate for the NCLEX exam for the Nursing Class of 2020.



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