Rochester College’s School of Nursing has earned accreditation for its bachelor’s degree in nursing from the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, becoming only the second accredited BSN program in Oakland County, Michigan.

The School of Nursing met all four accreditation standards, and its accreditation is good until 2017 when it will be up for renewal.

“The importance of this achievement cannot be overstated for our nursing faculty and students,” said Dr. Rubel Shelly, RC president. “This accreditation grants them membership into a premier group of health-care professionals. Our graduates will have educational and professional opportunities open to them that otherwise would be unavailable.”

CCNE is officially recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education as an autonomous, national accreditation agency that contributes to the improvement of the public’s health. CCNE ensures the quality and integrity of baccalaureate, graduate and residency programs in nursing.

“The CCNE’s accreditation of RC’s School of Nursing is a high honor and worth celebrating,” said Jaime Sinutko, director of the School of Nursing. “Application for CCNE accreditation subjected us to close scrutiny, and we’re thrilled that the high standards and relationship-based care taught by our faculty have been acknowledged.”

RC’s School of Nursing started with an RN-to-BSN program and expanded its offerings after the Michigan Board of Nursing approved its bachelor of science in nursing degree in June 2011. The nursing school accepted its first class into its three-year, 126-credit-hour program in September 2011. Crittenton Hospital partnered with the college to help develop the School of Nursing, and RC nursing students complete certain clinical components of their program at the hospital.

For more information about the RC School of Nursing, go to www.rc.edu/nursing or call 248-218-2280.