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OU College of Nursing Programs Receive Accreditation Through 2021

Oklahoma City-The University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center Fran and Earl Ziegler College of Nursing bachelor’s and master’s degree programs along with the post-graduate APRN certificate program have been accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).  The accreditation, which has a five-year term, was awarded following a rigorous process that included a site visit as well as a review of OU’s nursing curriculum.

Officially recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education as a national accreditation agency, the CCNE is an autonomous accrediting agency, contributing to the improvement of the public's health. CCNE ensures the quality and integrity of baccalaureate, graduate, and residency programs in nursing. CCNE serves the public interest by assessing and identifying programs that engage in effective educational practices.

The OU College of Nursing programs effectively met all four CCNE accreditation standards.  “The College of Nursing has held full accreditation since 1963 and we are proud to provide this professional and innovative education across Oklahoma. With endorsement from two independence national accrediting bodies, it is clear that the College has firmly established itself as a national model in preparing highly-qualified nurse clinicians, administrations, educators, and advanced practice registered nurses,” said Lazelle Benefield, dean of the OU College of Nursing.


The Fran and Earl Ziegler College of Nursing at the University of Oklahoma

The Fran and Earl Ziegler College of Nursing is nationally recognized, offering bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral level programs to those interested in starting or advancing a career in the profession of nursing. With locations in Oklahoma City, Tulsa and Lawton, the College is the state’s largest nursing program and is dedicated to continuing the leadership and academic excellence that have become synonymous with the University of Oklahoma. The College of Nursing is a part of the OU Health Sciences Center, a leader in education, research and patient care and one of only four comprehensive academic health centers in the nation with seven professional colleges.  To find out more, visit

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