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March 5, 2019

Online nursing program granted pre-accreditation status

The Northwest Missouri State University online RN to BSN program has been granted pre-accreditation status by the National League for Nursing’s Commission for Nursing Education Accreditation (NLN CNEA). 

Brooke McAtee, the director of the nursing program at Northwest, said the designation is an important step in the continued development and success of the program.

“I am very excited that all of our hard work is being acknowledged by the accrediting body,” McAtee said. “This is a big accomplishment for our program in such a short timeframe. I am proud of my team and all that we have done to ensure student success.”

Northwest began taking steps in 2017 to relaunch its RN-to-BSN after determining the demand and outlook for future jobs in the field is strong, at the state and national levels. Northwest also is working with Academic Partnerships, a vendor that provides support and services to help Northwest with its online enrollment, to build momentum and grow its nursing programs. Northwest began offering courses within the program in August 2018.

The National League for Nursing is dedicated to excellence in nursing and is regarded as the premier organization for nurse faculty and leaders in nursing education. It offers faculty development, networking opportunities, testing services, nursing research grants and public policy initiatives to its more than 40,000 individual and more than 1,200 institutional members, comprising nursing education programs across the spectrum of higher education and health care organizations. Furthermore, CNEA accreditation helps programs focus on continuous improvement and ensures they are addressing the needs of employers.

For more information about Northwest's online RN to BSN program, visit

The Northwest Missouri State University Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN-BSN), distance, program holds pre-accreditation status from the National League for Nursing Commission for Nursing Education Accreditation, located at 2600 Virginia Avenue, NW, Washington, DC, 20037. Holding pre-accreditation status does not guarantee that initial accreditation by NLN CNEA will be received.


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