UCN Diploma in Practical Nursing Program One of the First to Receive National Accreditation

(Flin Flon/Swan River, MB) – Practical Nurse – Canadian Association of Schools of Nursing
(CASN) Accreditation Bureau (PN‐CAB) granted the University College of the North (UCN)
Diploma in Practical Nursing program accreditation.

“CASN accreditation for our Practical Nursing program is fantastic news for UCN and the north,”
said Vicki Zeran, UCN Dean of Health. “Although CASN has been accrediting BN programs since
1987, UCN is one of the first DPN programs to receive National recognition through CASN.”
CASN Accreditation is a voluntary process and promotes program excellence to identify
strengths and opportunities for program improvement. UCN received a 7‐year program
accreditation with recommendations for improvement.

“This process ensures that our program is held to the same high standards of other major
Canadian institutions,” said Sheri McPhee, UCN DPN Program Coordinator. “I have never been
more proud of the accomplishments of the DPN team and the students. We are producing
work‐ready nurses who are making a real difference in our communities, and to the people we
serve as nursing professionals.”

The purpose of accreditation is to ensure that nursing education programs are held to expected
quality standards. This furthers the practical nursing profession and greatly enhances the
overall quality of care.

University College of the North provides learning opportunities to northern communities while
respecting diverse Indigenous and northern values.

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