Accreditation for Malek School of Nursing Professions extended 10 years

Accreditation for Malek School of Nursing Professions extended 10 years

Marymount University’s Malek School of Nursing Professions has achieved a significant milestone by having its accreditation from the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) extended for an additional 10 years.

This extension covers Marymount’s nursing programs at the bachelor’s, master’s, post-master’s certificate and doctoral levels, with accreditation now valid through June 2034. This resulted from a CCNE on-site evaluation this past October, which determined that the Malek School substantially complied with all four accreditation standards and had no compliance concerns.

Dr. Andrew Wolf, Director of the Malek School of Nursing Professions, expressed pride in this achievement.

“Receiving a 10-year reaccreditation, the maximum term granted, from CCNE is an incredible achievement that reflects that our accreditor has full confidence in the quality and excellence of our nursing programs,” said Dr. Andrew Wolf, Director of the Malek School of Nursing Professions. “The site visit team’s feedback reinforced what we already know – our programs are among the very best, and we are making a meaningful difference in the lives of our students and the health of our community. This recognition is a proud moment for our entire school.”

This accomplishment underscores the Malek School’s dedication to maintaining high standards in nursing education and its commitment to producing skilled, compassionate nursing professionals. The school offers a range of programs consisting of the traditional and accelerated B.S.N., the M.S.N. (Family Nurse Practitioner and Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner) and the Doctor of Nursing Practice. It also has affiliations with prominent health care organizations in the region, including VHC Health, the Inova Health System, Sibley Memorial Hospital, Children’s National Medical Center and Virginia Hospital Center. These partnerships provide students with excellent clinical experiences and professional connections, facilitating successful career paths.

Marymount’s reaccreditation comes at a crucial time for the nursing profession. The American Nurses Association highlights the growing demand for registered nurses, with the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projecting an average of 194,500 job openings annually between 2020 and 2030. The pandemic further emphasized the need for skilled nurses, exacerbating existing shortages and highlighting workplace challenges.

Dr. Wolf noted the significance of this reaccreditation amidst these issues. The Malek School continues to be a leader in nursing education while preparing students to meet the evolving needs of the health care sector and make a lasting impact on the community’s health and well-being.

“A 10-year extension of accreditation from CCNE is a real achievement that is only granted to schools that the commission has full confidence in,” he explained. “The fact that we achieved it across all four programs indicates that we meet the very highest standards for a school of nursing.”