Program granted full approval

PORTSMOUTH, Ohio – The Department of Nursing at Shawnee State University is pleased to announce that its traditional pathway towards pursuing a four-year Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree has been granted full approval by the Ohio Board of Nursing (OBN) and accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN).

“Having graduated our second class in the traditional Bachelor of Science in Nursing prathway, we recently participated in the site visits and review process by both the Ohio Board of Nursing and the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing,” said Leeann Denning, Associate Professor and Interim Chair of the Nursing Department. “Achieving OBN full approval and ACEN accreditation are significant milestones for our program. Our faculty, staff, and clinical partners have worked together to ensure that our students receive the highest quality education.”

The traditional BSN program was created after a 2009 needs assessment revealed a demand for more baccalaureate prepared nurses. To help meet these needs, SSU’s Nursing Program admitted its first class of BSN students in the fall of 2012.

“We have a long tradition of educating our region’s nurses,” Denning said. “When we learned of the growing need for more baccalaureate prepared nurses in our region, we responded. It’s exciting to see how the program continues to grow.”

SSU’s Associate Degree Nursing Program (ADN) was first established in 1969 as part of Ohio University’s Portsmouth Campus and graduated the first ADN students to work in local hospitals in 1971. SSU’s ADN program has maintained full OBN approval since 1979.

This year, the ADN program is celebrating its 45th anniversary. Over the years, the ADN program has developed a reputation for meeting high standards in nursing education. In 2001, the ADN program was recognized by the National League of Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC) and this accreditation has been renewed multiple times by the ACEN.

In 1998, SSU added the RN-BSN program as another option for working RNs to fulfill their educational goals and graduated its first class in 1999. Since then, the program has grown significantly, offering flexible coursework, including online programming, and enabling RNs to stay in the workforce while continuing their education. The RN-BSN program has maintained ACEN accreditation since 2001.

“I am proud of the work the faculty and staff have completed to continually demonstrate our commitment to excellence in nursing education,” Dr. Paul Madden, Dean of College of Professional Studies at SSU, said. “The BSN program is offered in addition to our other existing nurse education programs, allowing SSU to be the region’s first choice for nursing preparation regardless of the pathway a person chooses to accomplish that goal.”

For more information about any of the Nursing Programs available at SSU, please contact Deborah Howell, Academic Administrative Assistant of the Nursing Department, by phone at 740.351.3210 or by e-mail at, or by contacting any of SSU’s Admission Officers at 740.351.4778.

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