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Nursing program gains national accreditation

Prince George's nursing program has earned national accreditation.

Prince George's nursing program has earned national accreditation.

The combined baccalaureate program, offered to students through the College of New Caledonia for the first two years of training followed by two more years at the University of Northern B.C., got the nod from the Canadian Association of Schools of Nursing.

UNBC president Daniel Weeks said called it a "flagship program" for the university.

"Nursing is one of the most popular programs we have at UNBC, and knowing that our program meets the rigorous requirements of CASN ensures our graduates will provide high quality care as registered nurses to the people of northern B.C.," said Weeks in a statement.

To get there, both schools had to survive on-site reviews that looked at faculty, curriculum, operations and student success.

"This accreditation assesses registered nursing education against national standards of excellence," Tuesday's release noted.

The accreditation covers a number of aspects of the health care role, including UNBC's School of Nursing, a post-diploma program and a "provincial practice-driven" Rural Nursing Certificate Program. Others can also pursue a Master of Science in Nursing as well as options for family nurse practitioners.

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