Thompson Rivers University

Nursing receives top marks from national accreditation organization

July 2, 2015

Nursing students perform tests on a electronic mannequin that can be programmed to exhibit a range of symptoms.

Commitment to a high-calibre learning experience has earned TRU’s School of Nursing the highest accreditation possible from the Canadian Association of Schools of Nursing (CASN).

The seven-year designation is the result of a rigorous review which scrutinized the School of Nursing, its administration, faculty, programs, student success before and after graduation, the learning spaces and equipment, relevance of courses and programs, and its corporate and community partnerships. The school completed a detailed self-study report and a site visit was conducted in March by a team of peers from different Canadian universities.

“Earning the maximum accreditation is a testament to our commitment and dedication that all our students receive a rewarding and high-calibre learning experience—one where they are ready for opportunities in any number of directions,” said Donna Murnaghan, Dean of the School of Nursing.

“CASN’s endorsement also applauds our faculty’s efforts to keep current and to pass that knowledge and best practices to our students, who are the health care providers of tomorrow,” she said.

CASN is among more than 30 organizations belonging to the Association of Accrediting Agencies of Canada. Seeking national accreditation status is important for the TRU School of Nursing in its quest for excellence and growth.

TRU President and Vice-Chancellor Alan Shaver said CASN’s endorsement is another milestone to be proud of.

“Accreditation isn’t easily acquired; the CASN asks tough questions about a nursing school’s students, faculty, our grads and even including the partnerships we have nurtured,” said Shaver, adding, “TRU’s School of Nursing has always been prepared to meet the challenge. We have a great program here which our students and communities can be proud of. CASN has validated this by awarding the maximum accreditation; an A+ to our school.”

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Donna Murnaghan, Dean, School of Nursing
Thompson Rivers University

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