CNSE/SUNYIT nursing programs earn reaccreditation for the next

CNSE/SUNYIT nursing programs earn reaccreditation for the next

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The newly merged SUNY College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering (CNSE) / SUNY Institute of Technology (SUNYIT) has announced that its top-tier baccalaureate and master’s degree nursing programs have received reaccreditation for the next ten years from the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). As a result, the cutting-edge nursing-related programs will continue to enable students to explore innovative approaches to healthcare through research, development, and the application of technology through June 30, 2024.

“The faculty and staff in the Department of Nursing & Health Professions are to be commended for their hard work that has directly led to this accomplishment,” said Dr. Robert Geer, CNSE/SUNYIT Senior Vice President. “Accreditation recognizes the continuing excellence of our nursing programs, which have a long history of providing quality, affordable education in this region. It also paves the way for future nurses and other healthcare professionals who will use the advanced skills they have learned here to support the health of local residents and people throughout New York State for years to come.”

CCNE’s in-depth evaluation of the CNSE/SUNYIT Nursing & Health Professions program included a review of the department’s mission—to be the premier innovative cornerstone of nursing education in New York State through the use of technology within a caring context—as well as its educational philosophy, goals and objectives, and performance in assisting students in attaining their educational goals. The evaluation also included an on-site evaluation by a team of experts.

“The CCNE report reaffirms the strength of the CNSE/SUNYIT nursing programs, and we are thrilled to share the news that all four accreditation standards were met,” said Dr. Louise Dean-Kelly, CNSE/SUNYIT Nursing & Health Professions Department Chair. “This national accreditation recognizes the excellence and high quality of our nursing faculty, programs, and students, and we look forward to continuing to provide a world-class education for students who are looking for the skills they will need to find success in a number of career paths within the healthcare field.”

The CNSE/SUNYIT nursing program provides an innovative approach to education, utilizing an integrative framework that includes technology, behavioral science, biological sciences, arts, and humanities to provide a transformational educational environment that prepares students to become leaders in this exciting field as they master the skillsets required to meet the unique healthcare needs of clients and families, both locally, and throughout the world. Grounded in a philosophy of caring, respect, human dignity and community, the nursing program empowers students to navigate complex healthcare systems in order to drive innovation, improve patient safety, and facilitate optimal healthcare outcomes.

The Nursing & Health Professions department offerings include: R.N. to Bachelor of Science in Nursing, 1+2+1 AAS/BS program in collaboration with St. Elizabeth College of Nursing, and Master of Science degrees in Family Nurse Practitioner, Nursing Administration, and Nursing Education. The department also offers advanced certificates in Family Nurse Practitioner and Nursing Education.

The Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) is an autonomous accrediting agency, contributing to the improvement of the public’s health. CCNE accreditation is a nongovernmental peer review process that operates in accordance with nationally recognized standards established for the practice of accreditation in the United States, and the Commission ensures the quality and integrity of baccalaureate, graduate, and residency programs in nursing, serving the public interest by assessing and identifying programs that engage in effective educational practices. Additionally, as a voluntary, self-regulatory process, CCNE accreditation supports and encourages continuing self-assessment by nursing programs and supports continuing growth and improvement of collegiate professional education and post-baccalaureate nurse residency programs.




About SUNY CNSE.The SUNY College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering (CNSE) is the world leader in the emerging disciplines of nanoscience, nanoengineering, nanobioscience, and nanoeconomics. CNSE represents the world’s most advanced university-driven research enterprise, with more than $20 billion in high-tech investments and over 300 corporate partners. The 1.3 million-square-foot Albany NanoTech megaplex is home to more than 3,100 scientists, researchers, engineers, students, and faculty. CNSE maintains a statewide footprint, operating the Smart Cities Technology Innovation Center (SCiTI) at Kiernan Plaza in Albany, the Solar Energy Development Center in Halfmoon, the Photovoltaic Manufacturing and Technology Development Facility in Rochester, and the Smart System Technology and Commercialization Center (STC) in Canandaigua. CNSE co-founded and manages the Computer Chip Commercialization Center (Quad-C) at SUNYIT and is lead developer of the Marcy Nanocenter site in Utica, as well as the Buffalo High-Tech Manufacturing Complex, Buffalo Information Technologies Innovation and Commercialization Hub, and Medical Innovation and Commercialization Hub. For information, visit


About SUNYIT. SUNYIT, the State University of New York Institute of Technology at Utica/Rome, is New York’s public polytechnic, offering undergraduate and graduate degree programs in technology and professional studies. Its academic offerings in technology, including engineering, cybersecurity, computer science, and the engineering technologies, and its programs in professional studies, including business, communication, and nursing, are complemented by athletics, recreational, cultural and campus life programs, events and activities. Founded in 1966, SUNYIT is a unique high-tech learning environment on hundreds of acres, offering degree programs online as well as on campus. The SUNYIT family of alumni now numbers 25,000. For information, visit