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Accreditation

According to the Council for Higher Education Accreditation, a national advocacy group for academic quality, accreditation means that a program or institution has gone through a rigorous review and evaluation process by experts in the field.  Accreditation assures that the quality of teaching, student achievement, curricula, academic support, and other criteria meet certain standards of excellence and quality. -  Newsweek, 2014

Nursing degree programs are nationally accredited; specializations within degree programs are often accredited by professional organizations dealing with that specific type of nursing (nurse anesthesia, for example). Many employers and graduate nursing degree programs require that prior degrees were earned at schools that are accredited.

Degree programs at the University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing are nationally accredited. Several specializations and non-degree programs are also accredited by the appropriate organizations.

Undergraduate

The Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree program at the University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (http://www.ccneaccreditation.org).
from 04/08/2019 through 12/31/2029

Graduate

The Master of Science in Nursing degree program at the University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (http://www.ccneaccreditation.org)
from 04/08/2019 through 12/31/2029

The Doctor of Nursing Practice degree program at the University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (http://www.ccneaccreditation.org)
from 02/24/2014 through 12/31/2024

The University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing Nurse-Midwife Doctor of Nursing Practice Program midwifery program is pre-accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Midwifery Education (ACME), 8403 Colesville Road, Suite 1230, Silver Spring, MD 20910-6374; Tel: 240-485-1803, acme@acnm.orgwww.midwife.org/acme
from 02/01/2016 through 02/01/2021

The University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing Nurse Anesthesia Program BSN to DNP and MSN to DNP programs are currently accredited by the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs until 2030.  The Program received a 10-year accreditation in June 2020 (this is the maximum accreditation length) and received no citations. The Nurse Anesthesia DNP Program is also accredited by the Council on Collegiate of Nursing Education (CCNE) of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing until 2024. The University of Pittsburgh as a whole is accredited by the Regional Accreditor Middle States Commission on Higher Education until 2022

The post-graduate APRN certificate program at the University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (http://www.ccneaccreditation.org)
from 02/24/2014 through 12/31/2024

The University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation (PO229) until July 31, 2025.

The Regional Accreditor Middle States Commission on Higher Education accredits the University of Pittsburgh as a whole until 2022. 

Code of Federal Regulations

Title 34 – Education

CFR-2020-title34-vol3.pdf (govinfo.gov) – page 78 (Part  600.2) of Chapter VI – Office of Postsecondary Education, Department of Education.

Credit hour: Except as provided in 34 CFR 668.8(k) and (l), a credit hour is an amount of work represented in intended learning outcomes and verified by evidence of student achievement that is an institutionally established equivalency that reasonably approximates not less than—

  1. One hour of classroom or direct faculty instruction and a minimum of two hours of out of class student work each week for approximately fifteen weeks for one semester or trimester hour of credit, or ten to twelve weeks for one quarter hour of credit, or the equivalent amount of work over a different amount of time; or
  2. At least an equivalent amount of work as required in paragraph (1) of this definition for other academic activities as established by the institution including laboratory work, internships, practica, studio work, and other academic work leading to the award of credit hours.

Direct assessment program: A program as described in 34 CFR 668.10.

Distance education means education that uses one or more of the technologies listed in paragraphs (1) through (4) of this definition to deliver instruction to students who are separated from the instructor and to support regular and substantive interaction between the students and the instructor, either synchronously or asynchronously.

The technologies may include—

  1. The internet;
  2. One-way and two-way transmissions through open broadcast, closed circuit, cable, microwave, broadband lines, fiber optics, satellite, or wireless communications devices;
  3. Audio conferencing; or
  4. Video cassettes, DVDs, and CD-ROMs, if the cassettes, DVDs, or CD-ROMs are used in a course in conjunction with any of the technologies listed in paragraphs (1) through (3) of this definition.