OCTOBER 24, 2017 – FORT MYERS, FLA – Florida SouthWestern State College’s (FSW) Associate in Science in Nursing (ASN) and Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree programs have received continuing accreditation from the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing. The programs were reaffirmed through 2025.
“Accredited programs are a validation to our future students, healthcare affiliates, and the population of our community that we are training and graduating competent practitioners,” said Dr. Deborah Selman, interim associate dean, Nursing Programs. “Formal recognition for continuing accreditation demonstrates that we are in compliance with all accreditation standards established by our educational community and recognized by the United States Department of Education.”
“During the survey process in early spring, our community partners expressed overwhelming positive comments related to their experiences with our FSW faculty, nursing students, and our graduates,” said Dr. Marie Collins, dean, School of Health Professions.
“Our students reported complimentary recommendations that our nursing program has properly equipped them to be highly functional within the clinical environments,” Dr. Selman said. “I commend the support of our college and nursing faculty that are committed to providing quality didactic learning and clinical training for our future entry level registered nurses and advanced degree nurses.”
About ACEN: The Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) supports the interests of nursing education, nursing practice, and the public by the functions of accreditation. Accreditation is a voluntary, peer-review, self-regulatory process by which non-governmental associations recognize educational institutions or programs that have been found to meet or exceed standards and criteria for educational quality. Accreditation also assists in the further improvement of the institutions or programs as related to resources invested, processes followed, and results achieved. The monitoring of certificate, diploma, and degree offerings is tied closely to state examination and licensing rules and to the oversight of preparation for work in the profession.
Florida SouthWestern State College is Southwest Florida’s largest and one of the most affordable institutions of higher education. Annually serving nearly 22,000 students globally, FSW offers a variety of nationally-ranked, career-focused academic programs with two- and four-year degrees, and professional certifications. Students are also active in clubs and programs catered to their interests. FSW debuted its intercollegiate athletics program in January 2016. Visit www.FSW.edu for more information