News

Share

Holzer School of Nursing Earns Highest Marks in State Accreditation

September 25, 2015

Cheyenne Hamaker, a Holzer School of Nursing student, practices checking her classmate Amanda Russell’s blood pressure. The hard work the faculty and staff put in to making sure these students and their classmates receive the best education possible has earned the school full approval accreditation from the Ohio Board of Nursing.

Cheyenne Hamaker, a Holzer School of Nursing student, practices checking her classmate Amanda Russell’s blood pressure. The hard work the faculty and staff put in to making sure these students and their classmates receive the best education possible has earned the school full approval accreditation from the Ohio Board of Nursing.

Rio Grande, Ohio – The Holzer School of Nursing at the University of Rio Grande continues to receive full approval status for accreditation from the Ohio Board of Nursing through 2020.

Dean of the College of Health and Behavioral Sciences, Donna Mitchell, said full approval status means a program has met and maintained all requirements of Chapter 4723-5 of the Ohio Administrative Code. The other rankings the board gives programs are provisional, meaning the program has met full approval in the past but has since failed to maintain the requirements, or conditional, which is the initial status for a new program. Mitchell said she was very excited to learn the Holzer School of Nursing earned the highest honors.

“I don’t think my feet touched the ground all the way back to the car,” Mitchell said. “It’s a lot of work to maintain a program in compliance and to have that recognized at the state level is a big relief. It’s very important to the school and it further exemplifies the hard work the faculty and staff put in everyday to make sure the students are learning the information they need to be quality care providers out in the community. It was a bit stressful waiting until we got the answer, but the wait was worthwhile.”

The Ohio Board of Nursing reviews nursing programs every five years to confirm compliances with state laws and rules. The education regulatory surveyor visited the University of Rio Grande’s campus April 21 and 22 to review the program and then submitted a report to the Ohio Board of Nursing. The board reviewed the information from the visit as well as reports from the university at its meeting this past Thursday and unanimously decided to grant the Holzer School of Nursing the highest level of accreditation an institution can receive. The school’s director Amy Swango-Wilson said she and the faculty are glad the school received the accreditation from the board.

“State board approval for a school of nursing is a great honor for that school, especially for one that has no recommendations or citations. Getting the approval based on just a five year visit shows we are meeting all the standards the state holds for us and we are a quality program, so we’re all just very happy.”
The mission of the Holzer School of Nursing is to provide its students with knowledge and skills necessary to meet challenges and opportunities they will encounter in the nursing profession. Mitchell said she is excited the school has lived up to the expectations of both its mission and its students.