FAYETTE, Iowa (June 13, 2014) – The Iowa Board of Nursing has awarded Upper Iowa University with full approval for the UIU bachelors of science in nursing program that is available for Registered Nurses. The Board of Nursing voted unanimously to approve the UIU RN-BSN program for the maximum six years during its meeting on June 11. The Iowa Board of Nursing stated that there were no recommendations for improvement.
"The Iowa Board of Nursing was very complimentary of our program, staff and administrative support," said Virginia (Ginny) Wangerin, UIU director of nursing. "Our UIU nursing team has accomplished so much in the past couple of years. We implemented new curriculum, started an online learning option, established a program at UIU's Mesa Center, and renewed reaccreditation at the national level. With this approval by the Iowa Board of Nursing, we feel confident in the program's forward momentum. We are now focusing on continuous improvement and growing our program to support the University."
"I was fortunate to be present during the Iowa Board of Nursing's exit report, and I could tell immediately they were extremely impressed with our program," said Dr. Scott Figdore, dean of the UIU School of Science & Mathematics. "It is unusual for a college program like our RN-BSN program to not receive any recommendations on issues that need to be addressed. The teamwork and cooperation among the nursing faculty and staff during this process and their daily routines is commendable. Additionally, the leadership of Ginny Wangerin and Dr. Sheryl Juve, former UIU director of nursing, has been key to this successful Iowa Board of Nursing site visit, to the successful Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education reaccreditation process last year, and to the phenomenal growth that our RN-BSN program has experienced over the past few years."
The Iowa Board of Nursing's mission is to protect the public health, safety and welfare by ensuring that nursing is practiced by at least minimally competent licensed individuals who practice within their authorized scope of practice.
The UIU RN-BSN program is available completely online or as a hybrid option through the UIU centers in Des Moines and Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and Mesa, Arizona. The UIU program is also offered in association with the Mary Greeley Medical Center in Ames, Iowa.
About Upper Iowa University Founded in 1857, Upper Iowa University is a private, not-for-profit university providing undergraduate and graduate degree programs to more than 6,200 students – nationally and internationally – at its Fayette campus and learning centers worldwide. Upper Iowa University is a recognized innovator in offering accredited, quality programs through flexible, multiple delivery systems, including online and self-paced degree program. With a focus on developing leaders and lifelong learners, UIU provides dual enrollment programs for high school students as well as continuing education and professional development opportunities for learners of any age. For more information, visit www.uiu.edu.
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