Fayetteville State University’s (FSU) School of Nursing recently received a 5-year accreditation for the new Masters of Science in Nursing: Patient Safety and Quality Program.

They received accreditation from the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), which is an autonomous accrediting agency contributing to the improvement of the public’s health by striving to promote the quality and integrity of baccalaureate, graduate, and residency/fellowship programs in nursing.

The CCNE accreditation period for FSU’s program is from February 23, 2022, to December 31, 2027.

FSU’s Masters of Science in Nursing: Patient Safety and Quality degree is the first of its kind in North Carolina.

According to the university, the School of Nursing at FSU is the first in North Carolina to offer this graduate degree pathway focusing on patient safety and quality. It gives students an in-depth understanding of current issues affecting healthcare, principles of patient safety, types of healthcare errors, and the associated effects on patient outcomes.

“FSU’s School of Nursing is proud to offer this program, and to be the first in the state to do so,” said Sheila Cannon, Ph.D., associate dean for the School of Nursing. “We are training the future leaders in nursing, and this accreditation is further proof that we are fulfilling a need in our community.”

The university assures that students will learn from experienced professors who are invested in their future and developing highly motivated and professional nurses. Classes are designed for the working professional in an online format offering flexibility for learning and increasing ease of access.

Graduates will be prepared to lead safety and quality care initiatives with mastery of concepts in safety culture, regulations and compliance, legal issues, and system designs like LEAN and Six Sigma.