Accreditation information for Nursing

Public Notice of Upcoming CCNE Accreditation Review

The University of West Florida, School of Nursing will be hosting an accreditation site visit from the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) October 12-14, 2016. The visit is part of the process for seeking continued professional nursing accreditation through CCNE of the Baccalaureate Nursing Program. This evaluation is formulated around the Standards for Accreditation of Baccalaureate and Graduate Nursing Programs (2013).

The Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education is an autonomous accrediting agency, contributing to the improvement of the public’s health. The CCNE serves the public interest by assessing and identifying programs that engage in effective educational practices. Through the voluntary review of nursing programs the CCNE supports and encourages continuous quality improvement and therefore provides sustained integrity of professional nursing programs.

As a component of the accreditation visit, schools of nursing are required to provide an opportunity for communities of interest including students, alumni, faculty, employers, and members of the public, to provide third party comments about the program, students and graduates directly to CCNE. Third-party comments are accepted by CCNE until September 28, 2016. All third-party comments received by CCNE are considered confidential and are only shared with the evaluation. Comments submitted to CCNE will not be shared with the nursing program.

If you would like to submit a signed third-party comment for the Baccalaureate in Nursing program at the University of West Florida please submit to or if you prefer by mail to:

Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
Attn: Third-Party Comments
One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 530
Washington, DC 20036


The UWF Department of Nursing was granted full accreditation by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). In 2007, the UWF Department of Nursing received the 10 year, maximum accreditation from CCNE for its Baccalaureate program. In 2013, the UWF Department of Nursing received the 5 year, maximum accreditation from CCNE for its Master of Science in Nursing program. The Florida Board of Nursing has approved the bachelor's degree and master's degree in nursing programs. The Department of Nursing is a member of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN). The AACN, the national voice for baccalaureate and graduate nursing programs, recognizes the B.S.N. degree as the minimum educational requirement for professional nursing practice.