Guam – The National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission, Inc. reaffirmed the accreditation of the University of Guam’s Bachelor of Science in
Nursing Program for an eight year period. This is the longest period of accreditation a program can earn.
The decision comes after a two-year process which included a comprehensive self-study, a site visit by NLNAC evaluators in February 2010, and formal notice of decision from the NLNAC.
“The School of Nursing and Health Sciences worked tirelessly throughout this process,” said Kathy Wood, Acting Nursing Director. “This truly was
a community effort as the NLNAC team visited our students and their preceptors at the Guam Memorial Hospital and at various island clinics
during their review. The site team witnessed the diverse high level nursing skills our students obtain during their clinical experiences and we are grateful for our strong partnerships with the Guam Nurses Association, the Guam Memorial Hospital, TakeCare and others for helping us achieve eight years of accreditation.”
The community is invited to celebrate this event on September 14 at 4:00 p.m. in the School of Nursing and Health Sciences.
The BSN program was launched in 1988 and achieved initial accreditation in 1996. The program was reviewed again in 2002 and achieved eight years of
accreditation at that time. The program consists of 136 credits and acceptance into the nursing track is highly competitive.
“I congratulate the nursing faculty, students, staff and community partners as we all celebrate this achievement,” said UOG President Robert
A. Underwood. “Their hard work and this designation underscores the program’s academic quality. NLNAC accreditation means that UOG’s BSN
program meets national standards and that graduates of this program are highly skilled.” Recent graduates have a 100% pass-rate on the NCLEX-RN,
the examination for registered nurses.
“The School of Nursing and Health Sciences was also able to hire several additional nursing faculty members this fall and this will allow the
school to lift their enrollment cap in the spring of 2011 to accommodate more students,” said Helen Whippy, Senior Vice President of UOG.
The NLNAC noted areas of strength which include exposure to cultural diversity as a lived experience in the classroom, clinical settings, and
on the island of Guam; and Government of Guam funded nursing scholarships that are offset by service.
Areas needing improvement include implementation of strategies to increase the number of nursing faculty with doctoral degrees as well as strategies
to ensure that all faculty are credentialed with a minimum of a master’s degree with a major in nursing. The program will submit a report to the
NLNAC in 2012.
The NLNAC is nationally recognized as a specialized accrediting agency for both post-secondary and higher degree programs in nursing education. The
University of Guam’s BSN program is one of 259 NLNAC accredited baccalaureate level programs across the nation.
The public is invited to join the NLNAC celebration on Sept. 14 at 4:00 pm