Bryan College of Health Sciences Receives Reaffirmation of Quality Programs
It has been the “Year of Accreditation” at Bryan College of Health Sciences. Three of the major programs offered at Bryan College of Health Sciences received initial or continuing accreditation from specialized accrediting bodies between November 2013 and March 2014. These programs include the Bachelor of Science in Adult Cardiac and Vascular Sonography program, the Bachelor of Science in Nursing program, and the Master of Science in Nursing program. The accreditation process takes about a year to complete and involves an in-depth self-study report, an onsite visit and approval by the Board of the accrediting body.
The adult cardiac and vascular sonography (ultrasound) program applied for continuing accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) and hosted an onsite visit by CAAHEP reviewers in September 2013. The reviewers were extremely complimentary of the program. They submitted their final report to CAAHEP’s Board of Directors in November which granted continuing accreditation to the program through 2023. This is the maximum length of time that may be granted.
The undergraduate and graduate nursing programs underwent a very similar process through their specialized accrediting body, the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) in October 2013. As with the sonography program, the reviewers were extremely complimentary of all aspects of the nursing programs. After review by the Board of Commissioners the undergraduate nursing program was granted continuing accreditation through 2021, the maximum length of time that may be granted. Since the graduate nursing program is a relatively new program, initial accreditation was sought and granted through 2018, again, the maximum length of time that may be granted for initial accreditation.
The Bachelor of Science in Adult Cardiac and Vascular Sonography program is a dual major which is designed to be completed in four years including summers. The program prepares entry-level sonographers for utilization of ultrasound to create images of the heart and blood vessels. These images assist the physician in diagnosis of certain conditions of the heart, arteries and veins. Graduates are eligible to apply for specialized registry exams through the American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonography (ARDMS).
The Bachelor of Science in Nursing program prepares entry-level generalists in nursing. The program is designed to be completed in four years. Graduates are eligible to take the National Council Licensing Examination for licensure as a registered nurse. Graduates are prepared to provide holistic care to individuals and groups in a variety of settings.
The graduate nursing program offers a Master of Science in Nursing with Nurse Educator focus for registered nurses who hold a bachelor’s degree in nursing. Graduates are prepared for teaching positions in academia, staff development, patient education, and continuing education. The program is offered in hybrid format which combines face-to-face class sessions with online and independent learning. The program can be completed in two years of part-time study, including summers.
Bryan College of Health Sciences also offers a Master of Science in Nurse Anesthesia, Bachelor of Science degrees in Diagnostic Medical Sonography, Biomedical Sciences, and Healthcare Studies, and an Associate of Science in Health Sciences. For information on any of the programs offered at Bryan College of Health Sciences visit the College website at http://www.bryanhealth.com/CollegeofHealthSciences or call 402-481-8697 or 1-800-742-7844, ext. 18697.