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LSU Health New Orleans Nursing School Degree Programs Earn Maximum Accreditation

Nursing Class of 2021

Three academic programs at LSU Health New Orleans School of Nursing have been re-accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) for a period of 10 years. LSU Health New Orleans’ Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Master of Science in Nursing and Doctor of Nursing Practice degree programs are accredited through June 30, 2029.

Program evaluations are based on four quality and effectiveness standards – Mission and Governance, Institutional Commitment and Resources, Curriculum and Teaching-Learning Practices, and Assessment and Achievement of Program Outcomes. The CCNE Board determined that LSU Health New Orleans’ programs met all four accreditation standards and that there are no compliance concerns.

The accreditation process is rigorous and takes 12-18 months. It involves a comprehensive self-study culminating in a document showing how the program meets accreditation standards. CCNE then appoints an evaluation team of peers to conduct an on-site visit to validate the information and provide supplemental information including processes to foster continued self-improvement of the program. The team’s report is submitted to the Accreditation Review Committee (ARC). The ARC makes recommendations to the Board, which then determines accreditation status.

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According to the CCNE, accreditation is an indication of CCNE confidence in the overall integrity of the program, the demonstrated success of the program in achieving program outcomes and engaging in continuous self-improvement, and the ability and wherewithal of the program to continue as an accredited program for the foreseeable future.

“I am proud of the extraordinary effort our faculty and staff put into the accreditation process,” notes Demetrius Porche, DNS, PhD, ANEF, FACHE, FAANP, FAAN, Dean of LSU Health New Orleans School of Nursing, “The result is indicative of their commitment to providing nursing education of the highest quality.”

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LSU Health New Orleans School of Nursing is the only nursing school within an academic health sciences center in Louisiana. It offers degrees at the baccalaureate, master’s and doctoral levels in an array of nursing specialties, as well as continuing nursing education. It serves to provide local, national, and international leadership in the education of professional nurses to function as generalists, advanced practitioners, educators, scholars, and researchers who shape the delivery of nursing practice and education.

The Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) is an autonomous accrediting agency, contributing to the improvement of the public's health. The Commission ensures the quality and integrity of baccalaureate, graduate, and residency programs in nursing. The Commission serves the public interest by assessing and identifying programs that engage in effective educational practices. As a voluntary, self-regulatory process, CCNE accreditation supports and encourages continuing self-assessment by nursing programs and supports continuing growth and improvement of collegiate professional education and entry-to-practice nurse residency programs. For more information, visit