Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education Approves Prestigious Accreditation for Vanguard University Nursing Programs

Costa Mesa, CA, May 28, 2014 – After an extensive review process, the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) granted accreditation of the baccalaureate and master’s degree programs in nursing at Vanguard University. The nationally recognized CCNE accreditation demonstrates the program’s commitment to excellence and high standards in preparing outstanding graduates.

“We are very proud of the quality of our program, faculty, staff, and students,” said Dr. Mary Wickman, director and professor for the nursing program at Vanguard University. “The positive affirmation of accreditation status validates the work that we do daily in providing a program that equips nursing students for a spirit-empowered life of Christ-centered leadership and service to the communities they serve.”

The CCNE Board of Commissioners awarded accreditation to the Vanguard University baccalaureate degree program at for 10 years, and to the master’s program for 5 years—both the maximum length of time given to ongoing and new programs respectively. For nurses who are evaluating prospective programs, the accredited status indicates that the selected program will advance them to the next level in their nursing career. For applicants to be considered for acceptance into a masters or doctoral degree program in nursing, a degree from an accredited university or program, such as this, is preferred.

St. Jude Medical Center nurse, McRomeo Libid, RN, BSN, and first year MSN student at Vanguard said, “Vanguard has a vision in conceptualizing a graduate program in nursing that is pragmatic, rigorous, and with diverse learning opportunities, to educate nurses and serve neighborhoods.”

Vanguard University’s distinguished nursing program is for students who desire to advance their careers in by preparing to be health educators, college faculty, or community health leaders. Faculty in the program are experts in the content area they teach, holding a masters or doctoral degree. Vanguard is dedicated to providing outstanding student service; with staff experts in class scheduling and nursing program coordination.

A top-ranked school for undergraduate, graduate, and professional studies in southern California, Vanguard University is also accredited by the WASC Senior College and University Commission.

The nursing programs at Vanguard University are now accepting applications online at