SUNY Canton’s Four-Year Nursing Program Seeks Initial Accreditation

Community members and alumni are invited to provide feedback on the College’s Bachelor of Science in Nursing program.

SUNY Canton will be hosting the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) for a site review of its Bachelor of Science in Nursing program as it seeks initial accreditation.

The program was created in 2009 by creating an additional two years of coursework for the College’s signature two-year Associate of Applied Science in Nursing degree. Students who graduate from the two-year program are able to secure employment and complete their bachelor’s degree.

Nursing students

“The bachelor’s degree program is an entirely online program that offers an open enrollment admission policy to qualified applicants,” said Nursing Professor Debra M. Backus, who oversees the four-year program. “In 2013, student enrollment has quadrupled to a record enrollment of 139 students.”

When the program was created, it was one of only a few fully online two-year into four-year nursing programs. It has been recognized as one of the most affordable programs in the nation, according to the university research company SR Education Group.

The program was previously operating with ACEN candidacy status. The goal of accreditation is to ensure that the education provided by SUNY Canton meets or exceeds acceptable levels of quality. The College will provide evidence of the effectiveness of its faculty members, curriculum and graduates to gain accreditation.

Nursing students

Those interested are invited to share their comments about the program at 4 p.m. on Feb. 19 in Cook Hall Conference Room 121. Written comments can be mailed to Dr. Sharon Tanner, Dr. Sharon Tanner, Chief Executive Officer, Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, 3343 Peachtree Road NE Suite 850 Atlanta, GA, 30326, or via e-mail: All written comments should be received by Feb. 10.


About SUNY Canton

SUNY Canton is Northern New York’s premier College for career-driven bachelor’s degrees, associate degrees and certificate programs. The College delivers quality hands-on programs in engineering technology, health, management, and public service to students in the North Country, New York State, and beyond. Faculty members are noted for their professional real-world experience in addition to their academic credentials. SUNY Canton OnLine offers hundreds of flexible and convenient courses as well as eight exclusively online bachelor’s degrees. The College’s 14 athletic teams compete in state-of-the-art facilities as provisional members of the NCAA Division III and the USCAA.

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