Every year the standards seem to change and the bar gets higher, but PSU’s Department of Nursing continues to meet and even exceed the requirements for accreditation by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education. In the fall, the CCNE awarded PSU’s BSN and MSN degree programs accreditation for 10 years, the maximum time period allowed.

“This was a real A-team effort for that kind of outcome to be achieved in this kind of environment,” Mary Carol Pomatto, department chairperson, said.Pomatto noted that in her five years leading the department, the national standards the department must meet have changed at least three times.

“The bar for accountability is constantly rising,” she said.

Pomatto said the accreditation team met with PSU nursing students, members of the nursing program’s advisory board, representatives of the hospitals where students receive clinical experience and others. In every instance, Pomatto said, the evaluators came away impressed.

“These people were completely wowed by our students,” Pomatto said. “They felt they (the students) represented well the future of nursing.”

For more information, contact the PSU Department of Nursing at 620-235-4431 or visit their website at www.pittstate.edu/nursing/.