Five Florida Gulf Coast University Health Programs
FORT MYERS, FL - During the first review process for academic program accreditation, five Florida Gulf Coast University Health Professions programs received accreditation from their respective professional accrediting bodies. “To achieve accreditation with commendation on the first round is a real affirmation of the quality of health professions programs at FGCU,” said Dean of the College of Health Professions, Dr. Cecelia Rokusek. “It is a tribute to the faculty for building and developing strong academic and community based experiential programs.”
Each program received the maximum number of years possible for accreditation for a new program, ranging from five to seven years for clinical laboratory science, occupational therapy, nursing, and physical therapy. Nurse Anesthesia Education Programs are accredited for the first year after the first class graduates. Physical Therapy and Nurse Anesthesia are master’s level programs.
Programs in the FGCU College of Health Professions have received the following accreditation:
· NAACLS - National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Science accredited the Clinical Laboratory Science program for five years through 2005.
· ACOTE - Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education accredited the Occupational Therapy program for seven years through 2007.
· COA - Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs approved the Nurse Anesthesia program through the first year after the first class graduates when it will be re-visited.
· NLNAC - National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission accredited the Nursing program for five years through 2005.
· APTA - American Physical Therapy Association accredited the Physical Therapy program for five years through 2006.
These individual accreditations give a discipline academic recognition and clout among its peers. It is a badge of honor to be pursued vigorously so that a college can offer students the prestige that comes along with the degree. It is what FGCU Provost Dr. Brad Bartel calls “value added.”
As an accredited comprehensive public university, FGCU addresses the higher educational needs of Southwest Florida and provides a learning-centered environment that offers high quality educational opportunities for the general public. The achievement of professional discipline accreditation is a reaffirmation of the excellence and quality provided through FGCU’s academic programs.
For more information contact Dean Cecelia Rokusek, FGCU College of Health Professions, 941-590-7452.