McMaster University

McMaster University

Faculty of
Health Sciences

School of Nursing receives maximum accreditation

By Chantall Van Raay
Published: July 31, 2014
Olive Wahoush
Olive Wahoush, assistant dean of the School of Nursing's Undergraduate Nursing Education Program

McMaster's School of Nursing, along with its college collaborators, Mohawk and Contestoga, recently received a seven-year accreditation from the Canadian Association of Schools of Nursing for its undergraduate BScN program — the highest accreditation level attainable.

The BScN program includes three streams:

  • A four-year direct entry
  • An accelerated stream
  • An RPN-BScN stream

"The McMaster BScN program is delivered in a collaborative program with two college partners, Mohawk College and Conestoga College," says Olive Wahoush, assistant dean of the School of Nursing's Undergraduate Nursing Education Program. "All sites and all streams were awarded the seven-year accreditation, which is the maximum time period possible. Earning this seven-year accreditation affirms the high quality of our  BScN program and the Kaleidoscope curriculum."

She says the accreditation process included interviews with BScN students, faculty and staff as well as leaders in the Faculty of Health Sciences and McMaster administration. "The accreditation team completed an intensive review of our renewed curriculum and course materials, visited classes in action on and off campus and met with leaders in our area hospitals and communities which host our students and employ many of our nurse graduates. We heard from the accreditation team that our students are our best ambassadors."

"Receiving accreditation is a significant step for the School of Nursing," says Carolyn Byrne, its associate dean and director, adding, "it attests to the hard work, innovation and excellent relationship that we have with our college partners. What makes our school particularly unique is while many schools of nursing across Ontario offer collaborative programs with colleges, ours is a truly integrated program where students experience and learn at all three schools at the same time."

The Canadian Association of Schools of Nursing is the national accrediting body for nursing education in Canada. Accreditation promotes excellence and is recognized worldwide as an important, objective method to assess professional education programs. It also identifies strengths and opportunities for improvement that can guide decision making. The process provides administrators and faculty with information regarding areas that require development, modification or resources.

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