School of Nursing accreditation

October 25, 2012

Karen Miller
Karen Miller Senior Vice Chancellor for Academic and Student Affairs Dean, School of Nursing and School of Health Professions

Last week, the KU School of Nursing achieved a major milestone on the path to another 10 years of academic accreditation. All of the professional programs of education at KUMC are regulated by strict standards for student education, scholarship, and clinical teaching and learning. KUMC academic degrees are accredited by state and federal agencies in collaboration with professional organizations for each discipline.

The School of Nursing underwent its major accreditation site visit Oct. 17-19. Five nursing representatives from the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing and two representatives from the Kansas State Board of Nursing spent three days at KUMC evaluating aspects of nursing education at all program levels, including baccalaureate, master's and doctorate.

The great news is that the School of Nursing received an outstanding site visit review by both CCNE and the State Board of Nursing. While the State Board found a few areas for improvement in documentation, the CCNE found that all of the national standards were met - with no recommendations for correction. Official approval of these site visit reports will not happen until later this academic year. Nonetheless, this outcome is terrific!

Many folks across campus assisted with both the written self-study document and the on-site reviews of the nursing programs. The Chancellor of the University, the KUMC Executive Vice Chancellor, the Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs/Dean of Graduate Studies, the Vice Chancellor for Information Resources and other IT and Teaching and Learning Technologies staff, Student Services personnel, Dykes Library representatives, members of the SON faculty and staff and SON administrators were all interviewed as part of the review. Members of the community Advisory and Alumni Boards of the School, as well as folks from hospitals and health care sites where students have clinical rotations, were asked their views of KU School of Nursing education. Students were also asked for their opinions. Our guests observed students and faculty during classes, in various clinical practice settings and at Silver City Health Center.

Accrediting agencies, such as CCNE, serve the public interest by identifying programs that engage in effective educational practices. Next year, the School of Medicine will undergo its accreditation self-study and site visit. Preparations are already well underway. School of Health Professions programs are accredited by 11 different accrediting bodies and all enjoy full accreditation at this time.

Periodic review of academic programs takes enormous effort and significant financial resources. Everyone at KUMC can take pride in the outstanding education that our students receive.

Mary Beth Miller, M.D., KU School of Medicine-Wichita family and community medicine clinical assistant professor, received the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) National Exemplary Teacher award in the volunteer category. Each state chapter nominates a candidate for this award, and a single national winner is chosen. Dr. Miller is the 11th KU School of Medicine–Wichita faculty member to receive the national award since 1997.

The WyCo Museum Crawl will be held on Saturday, Nov. 3, from 2-6 p.m. The museum crawl is a self-driven progressive party featuring eight Wyandotte County museums, including the Clendening History of Medicine Museum at KU Medical Center. You can purchase tickets for the event on Oct. 30, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., in the Murphy Lobby, or you may email

A new program, the "One University" Open Access Publishing Fund, is rolling out on the KU Medical Center and KU-Lawrence campuses this week. The fund will award $50,000 over a two-year period to help KUMC, KU, and KU Law faculty, graduate students, post-docs, and staff with scholarly publishing opportunities in open access journals. You can learn more about the fund here and submit a request here.
Last modified: Oct 26, 2012