Saint Martin’s University Nursing Program receives national accreditation and state approval

June 13, 2014

LACEY, Wash. – The Saint Martin’s University RN-to-BSN Program in nursing has received national accreditation from the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education as well as approval from the Washington State Nursing Care Quality Assurance Commission.

“These are major achievements accomplished through collaboration among administrators, faculty and staff,” says Program Director and Associate Professor Louise Kaplan, Ph.D., ARNP, FNP-BC, FAANP. “I am honored and privileged to have the opportunity to work at Saint Martin’s University and to be afforded the opportunity to create the RN-to-BSN Program.”

Kaplan said national accreditation and state approval hold nursing programs accountable to those who share a common interest in maintaining effective programs. They provide an evaluation of the success a nursing program has in achieving its mission, goals and outcomes. Accreditation and approval also assure that standards of quality education are met and foster continuous quality improvement.

Students graduating from an accredited program are eligible to further their nursing education in master’s and doctoral programs. The Saint Martin’s nursing program strongly encourages graduate nursing education after completion of the baccalaureate degree, which emphasizes leadership preparation for nurses in the workplace, community and profession, Kaplan said.

Accreditation is also important to expand the program and attract new students. Saint Martin’s established its nursing program in 2012. Currently, 18 students are enrolled on the University’s main campus in Lacey and another 11 in the Extended Learning Division Program at Everett Community College.

Kaplan describes the Saint Martin’s RN-to-BSN Program as one that provides nursing education firmly rooted in the liberal arts and based on the most recent scientific evidence and best practices.

Saint Martin’s University is an independent four-year, coeducational university located on a wooded campus of more than 300 acres in Lacey, Washington. Established in 1895 by the Catholic Order of Saint Benedict, the University is one of 14 Benedictine colleges and universities in the United States and Canada, and the only one west of the Rocky Mountains. Saint Martin’s University prepares students for successful lives through its 23 majors and seven graduate programs spanning the liberal arts, business, education, nursing and engineering. Saint Martin’s welcomes more than 1,100 undergraduate students and 400 graduate students from many ethnic and religious backgrounds to its Lacey campus, and 300 more undergraduate students to its extension campuses located at Joint Base Lewis-McChord and Centralia College. Visit the Saint Martin’s University website at

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Louise Kaplan, Ph.D., ARNP, FNP-BC, FAANP
Nursing Program Director
Associate Professor

Meg Nugent Dwyer
Media relations manager