Earning specialized accreditation is a crucial step for any new health science program. It’s a rigorous, lengthy process that requires a school to prove that its program meets or exceeds national quality standards. Once achieved, accreditation validates the program and opens professional doors for students.
In 2015, two Palm Beach State programs reached this milestone: the Bachelor of Science in Nursing program and the Associate in Science degree in Ophthalmic Medical Technology.
The B.S.N. program earned accreditation from the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, the accrediting body for all types of nursing education recognized by the U.S. Department of Education, the Council for Higher Education Accreditation and several other organizations and governmental entities. The B.S.N. degree is an increasingly important and preferred credential due to the complexities of health care delivery.
The Ophthalmic Medical Technology program, the first of its kind in South Florida, prepares students for careers in vision care. It was awarded accreditation by the Commission on Accreditation of Ophthalmic Medical Programs, which accredits four levels of technician training programs. Palm Beach State is among just 30 programs nationwide to earn CoA-OMP accreditation and one of only five accredited for Ophthalmic Medical Technologist training, which is the highest level.