UNCP’s nursing programs offered extended accreditation

PEMBROKE — The Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education has accredited The University of North Carolina at Pembroke’s Bachelor of Science in Nursing program for an additional 10 years and the Master of Science in Nursing for five years.

The bachelor’s degree program began in 2005, and the master’s program graduated its first students this past May.

“I can’t say I’m surprised, because I’ve known for years that we offered a superior nursing program,” said Chancellor Dr. Kyle R. Carter. “But nevertheless I am thrilled and very, very proud of the program that Dr. (Barbara) Synowiez has built with her faculty.”

In two commencements last year, UNCP graduated 63 nurses with bachelor’s degrees. For two consecutive years, UNCP was the state’s only public university with a perfect passing rate.

The first four nurses graduated from the new master’s program in May. The program has three specializations — nurse educator, clinical nurse leader and rural care management. One of the May graduates will join UNCP’s nursing faculty and one will join the faculty of Sandhills Community College.

For information about the nursing program, call 910-521-6522, email nursing@uncp.edu, or visit the website at www.uncp.edu/nursing/.