College of Nursing Program Receives Full ACEN Accreditation

April 20, 2015

Mercy College of Nursing and Health Sciences of Southwest Baptist University has received full accreditation for its Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) program.

The Board of Commissioners with the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) granted initial accreditation and scheduled the next evaluation visit for Fall 2019.

“The master’s program supports the Institute of Medicine initiative for nursing students and faculty to achieve a higher level of nursing education,” said Dr. Kezia Lilly, dean of Mercy College of Nursing and Health Sciences of SBU. “The MSN program provides a seamless educational pathway for students progressing from their Bachelor of Science (BSN) in Nursing to MSN.”

The master’s degree program combines a unique blend of online courses, hybrid classes and clinical experiences to provide advanced degree options for nurses who already have a BSN. MSN students have the opportunity to specialize in either nursing education or nursing administration.

“Because of our spiritual heritage, the MSN program is grounded in a Christian worldview focusing on servant leadership,” said Dr. Cozi Bagley, MSN program director. “Students in our MSN program have voiced that SBU provides a unique learning experience allowing the development of close mentoring relationships between faculty and students. We strive to provide educational components beyond textbooks that assist in bringing professional socialization into future roles of master’s graduates.”

For more information about the MSN program, please contact Charlie Hungerford, associate director of admissions, at (417) 820-3272 or chungerford@SBUniv.edu or go to mercy.SBUniv.edu/MSN.