Stan State Online Nursing Course Receives Quality Matters Certification


Stan State’s commitment to providing students with the best possible learning experiences has been recognized again. The course Community Health Theory (NURS 4400), part of the University’s online RN-to-BSN program, has been certified through the California State University’s Quality Matters course review.

“I wanted one of the online courses in the program to be an example of online best practice for other faculty teaching in the online program,” said Mary Jo Stanley, director of the University’s RN-to-BSN program. “Additionally, since all of the faculty teaching in the online program completed QM’s Teaching Online Certificate, I wanted to provide a logical next step in their online professional growth.”

According to the CSU, the goal of the QM certification program is to build a culture of quality and continuous improvement in online course offerings through cross-campus collaboration and recognition of mature courses that successfully meet the program’s standards. The process includes the participation of three certified reviewers, who analyze the course from the student perspective and apply QM measurements before providing feedback for course improvement.

The course is the second at Stan State to receive QM certification. Last year, Brent Powell’s Family Health (KINS 4330) course successfully completed the QM peer review process and was certified. In all, 159 courses across the CSU system have attained certification.