Fortis College-Centerville Earns CCNE Accreditation for Its Registered Nurse to Bachelor of Science in Nursing Program
Program One of Just Three BSN Programs to Receive CCNE Accreditation in Centerville-Dayton-Cedarville Triangle
CENTERVILLE, Ohio – Fortis College in Centerville’s Registered Nurse to Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN to BSN) program has been granted accreditation by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). Confirmation of the accreditation was delivered in a May 28 letter from CCNE Board of Commissioners Chair Judith F. Karshmer, PhD, PMHCNS-BC.
The RN to BSN program at Fortis College-Centerville is one of only three BSN programs awarded CCNE accreditation in the Centerville-Dayton-Cedarville triangle. CCNE, which assesses and identifies advanced programs that engage in effective educational practices, granted the Fortis BSN program initial accreditation for five years, through June 30, 2020.
In her letter, Karshmer thanked Fortis College-Centerville for its “commitment to quality nursing education” and expressed best wishes as the school continues to “promote excellence in nursing education.”
The CCNE accreditation comes on the heels of the campus’ Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) program last summer being granted full, continuing accreditation by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) – formerly the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC). The ADN nursing program accreditation is effective for eight years, through spring 2022.
“To receive CCNE accreditation for our RN to BSN program less than a year after the ADN program was awarded ACEN accreditation is a significant accomplishment that reflects positively on our students, graduates and staff,” said Campus President Richard Mallow.
“Much like ACEN, we consider CCNE accreditation to be among the ‘gold standards’ of nursing accreditations – one that opens doors for our students to do their clinical studies at a wider range of facilities and our graduates to seek employment at Ohio’s major hospital networks,” Mallow added.
The Centerville campus’ RN to BSN classes are offered as a hybrid – or blended learning program – with 60 percent of the courses conducted online while students receive the benefit and one-on-one support of on-campus instruction during the other 40 percent. According to the U.S. Department of Education, students appear to perform better in blended courses…plus, the RN to BSN program’s online aspect helps make the program more accessible to working RNs.
The National Institute of Medicine recommends 80 percent of nurses should have baccalaureate degrees by 2020 (The Future of Nursing: Focus on Education, October 2010), making a Bachelor of Science in Nursing an important consideration for RNs because it typically is required for nurse administrator positions. Additionally, NursingLicensure.org reports an increasing number of hospitals today are recruiting only nurses with BSNs.
“Tailored to working nurses interested in continued growth and advancement, our hybrid RN to BSN program may be of particular interest to hospitals and clinics with registered nurses on staff, but need BSNs to fill their leadership positions,” Mallow noted.
One of the largest nursing education providers in the U.S., the Fortis network of schools, which also includes the Denver School of Nursing and St. Paul’s Schools of Nursing, encompasses more than 5,000 nursing students nationwide and operates over 38 nursing programs in 13 states. Fortis Colleges and Institutes have received international recognition for their leadership in using simulation technology to educate nursing students. Fortis nursing programs create supportive learning environments for students who will become tomorrow’s nurses.
Recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education as a national accreditation agency, CCNE is an autonomous accrediting agency that contributes to improvement of public health. CCNE ensures the quality and integrity of baccalaureate, graduate, and residency programs in nursing.
About Fortis College in Centerville
Fortis College (formerly RETS College) is located on a modern, nine-acre campus in Centerville, Ohio, approximately eight miles south of Dayton. The college offers a wide range of campus-based programs in the fields of nursing, dental, allied health, criminal justice, paralegal, cyber security, and HVAC/R, along with additional health care and business courses through Fortis’ Distance Education division.
Accreditations & Approvals
Fortis College in Centerville is institutionally accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC) and, as RETS, achieved the following programmatic recognitions:
• Medical Assisting associate degree program – accredited by the American Association of
Medical Assistants/Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs
• Paralegal associate degree program – approved by the American Bar Association (ABA);
• Heating, Ventilating, AC & Refrigeration program – accredited by the Partnership for Air Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Accreditation (PAHRA);
• Practical Nursing and the Associate Degree in Nursing programs – full approval of both programs by the Ohio Board of Nursing;
• Registered Nurse to Bachelor of Science in Nursing program accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) and Associate Degree in Nursing program accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN);
• Cyber Security and Forensics program is approved as CompTIA Authorized Partners and is a Microsoft IT Academy Program member;
• Main campus Associate Degree programs are authorized by the Ohio Board of Regents.
Fortis College is registered by the State Board of Career Colleges and Schools, license number 05-09-1789T. For campus specific information, call 937-433-3410.
A post-secondary network of colleges and institutes that engages students in experiential learning and training programs, Fortis delivers focused individual career education experiences: Your Life. Powered by Learning. The Fortis network offers career-based certificate, diploma and degree-granting programs at more than 40 schools in 15 states. Fortis College and Institute campuses prepare students for careers in healthcare, business and technology and various trades. Fortis also offers online learning platforms for many of its programs. Each Fortis campus is accredited by a nationally recognized body. Program offerings and accreditations vary by campus. Fortis also is affiliated with the Denver School of Nursing, St. Paul’s School of Nursing and All-State Career School. For consumer disclosure information, visit www.fortis.edu to learn more about Fortis educational opportunities.