SJR State BSN program receives national accreditation

St. Johns River State College’s four-year nursing program has recently earned accreditation from the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing.

Anna Lebesch, Ed.D., SJR State’s vice president for workforce development, said that while the bachelor’s degree in nursing program has been approved by the Florida Board of Nursing since its launch in 2014, the national accreditation is a substantial milestone for the BSN program. “This status is recognition of the quality and integrity of our nursing program as well as the commitment and dedication of the faculty, staff and administration at SJR State,” Lebesch said. “Accreditation promotes professional and educational mobility of our graduates and assists employers in seeking graduates who are competent.”

According to Mary Anne Laney, Ph.D., SJR State’s dean of nursing and allied health, earning national accreditation is an extensive process which included an onsite visit by the accrediting commission. The process fostered ongoing self-examination, re-evaluation and a focus on the future.

“National accreditation is a voluntary peer review process intended to enhance quality improvement in nursing education,” Laney said. “It’s very gratifying that SJR State’s baccalaureate nursing program meets the national standards established by the ACEN.”

Excelling is not a new practice for SJR State and its students, said Laney, as the two-year nursing program (ASN) earned its national accreditation in 2013. SJR State’s ASN graduates also tend to excel on their licensure exams. During the last five years, SJR State nursing graduates have surpassed the state and national passing rates on the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX), the state-required exam that determines whether graduates are prepared for entry-level nursing practice.

SJR State’s BSN program is designed for ASN graduates who hold a current, valid unencumbered Florida Registered Nursing (RN) license.

The BSN program will offer information sessions for spring enrollment on the following campuses:

Palatka Campus
September 10, 2015, 5:00 - 6:00 p.m., Room L114

St. Augustine Campus
September 21, 2015, 5:00 - 6:00 p.m., Room H0103

Orange Park Campus
October 7, 2015, 9:00 - 10:00 a.m., Room H1110
October 24, 2015, 9:00 - 10:00 a.m., Room H1110

The BSN program is delivered through a combination of online and hybrid classes. The BSN application is available online at For more information, call (386) 312-4176.