School of Nursing is granted 10-year accreditation with a perfect review

Bonnie Sowers Nursing Center on the Hesston College campus

Hesston College School of Nursing continued its track record of success by receiving a 10-year accreditation for the baccalaureate degree from the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). This accreditation extends until June 30, 2032.

CCNE’s accreditation was granted without recommendations for improvement or identified deficiencies. Accreditation is granted after a rigorous process including both self-reports and external reviews by the accreditation agency. Hesston College’s BSN program is also approved by the Kansas State Board of Nursing.

“With full accreditation, we can focus on processes that will strengthen our curriculum and make our program stronger,” reported Gregg Schroeder, director of Nursing Education. “Since we do not have deficiencies to address, we can spend our energy on curriculum review and planning.”

CCNE is officially recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education as a national accreditation agency with the purpose of ensuring the quality and integrity of baccalaureate, graduate and residency/fellowship programs in nursing. The agency maintains accountability to the profession and the community by upholding and evaluating values and standards for nursing programs. The agency also fosters continuing improvement within individual nursing programs (

With no improvements needed, the program can focus on the future. According to Schroeder, “The American Association of Colleges of Nursing has developed new Essentials for nursing programs so we will begin integrating these new competency standards into our curriculum plan.”

Hesston College has offered nursing education since 1966 and a bachelor’s degree since 2015. BSN students have had a 100% overall NCLEX pass rate the past two years running and a 100% job placement rate.