UNA NURSING PROGRAM RECEIVES ACCREDITATION FOR MSN DEGREE
June 17, 2008
By Eric Hanback
UNA Student Writer
FLORENCE, Ala. — The University of North Alabama’s College of Nursing and Allied Health has recently received accreditation for its Master of Science in Nursing program through the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).
UNA has offered the program online since 2006.
“It wasn’t easy,” said Dr. Birdie Bailey, dean of the College of Nursing and Allied Health, “but everything fell into place just as we had planned.”
The master’s program consists of two tracks: Nursing in Teaching-Learning Environments and Nursing Leadership in Organizational Environments.
Bailey said the first track is meant to produce nursing faculty and the second is geared more toward nursing administration, such as directors of hospitals and healthcare agencies.
“I just hope we can continue to draw students interested in education,” Bailey said, “because that’s the strongest need at this point.”
The program is taught in collaboration with Jacksonville State University, Bailey said, which will provide 12 hours of necessary online courses.
“This program is also unique in that it is an interdisciplinary program,” Bailey said. “We also work with the College of Business and the College of Education here at UNA.”
Bailey added that she hopes the program “will continue to grow and meet the needs of the community, the region, the state and the nation.”
For more information on the MSN degree at UNA, visit www.una.edu/nursing or call 765-4931.