School of Nursing

CCNE Public Notification of Accreditation Review

An accreditation review by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) has been scheduled for William Carey University School of Nursing on March 28 – 30, 2022.  CCNE accredits the baccalaureate and master’s programs at William Carey University.  Written third-party comments may be received by CCNE until 21 days prior to scheduled on-site evaluation. The last day to receive comments is March 7, 2022. Please direct all comments to:


Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education

Attn: Third-Party Comments


All third-party comments submitted to CCNE must be written in English, consistent with CCNE’s policy on Conduct of Business in English. Comments are confidential and only shared with the evaluation team, which considers any comments that relate to the accreditation standards.

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Work in a field where every day presents new patients, new challenges, and new opportunities to answer the call to care. Begin your nursing career at William Carey University, and learn from a team of faculty and staff who are invested in your success. The healthcare field needs compassionate, qualified nurses who live out the call to care. Pursue your passion, and start changing patients’ lives by investing in your own.

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The William Carey University School of Nursing seeks to provide quality nursing programs with Christian principles as the cornerstone of a professional education in a challenging, yet nurturing environment. Students will be prepared to practice evidence-based, culturally sensitive nursing care. The undergraduate student will be prepared to enter the nursing profession with a foundation in scholarship, leadership, service, and life-long learning in a diverse global society. The graduate student will be prepared to enter educational or leadership roles within diverse healthcare communities.

Meet the Dean

Alicia Newell, PhD, RN, CNE

Dr. Alicia Newell was named dean of the School of Nursing in August 2019. She began her career in nursing education at East Central Community College in 2009 and assumed the role of Undergraduate Academic Director at William Carey University in 2016. Dr. Newell is responsible for academic programs on all three campuses, including the pre-licensure BSN, LPN-BSN, RN-BSN, MSN, Ph.D., and DNP to Ph.D. programs.

Dr. Newell has been instrumental in the development of new programs within the College of Health Sciences. Her areas of teaching include leadership, informatics, and research. She currently teaches nursing coursework at the graduate and doctoral level in the School of Nursing.

Dr. Newell currently serves in professional organizations on the local, regional, and national level. She is a member of Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society and is actively involved in the nursing community, serving as student advisor for the state Associate Degree nursing student organization, former president and current active member of District 15 Mississippi Nurses Association, and serves on advisory boards for various healthcare facilities. She also serves as a President of the Board of Trustees for the Mississippi Nurses Foundation.

“I love working with students to prepare them for long, fulfilling careers in the field of nursing,” Dr. Newell said. “It is our ministry at Carey to improve health outcomes in both Mississippi and Louisiana by graduating students who are prepared both academically and spiritually.”  

The baccalaureate and master’s degree programs in nursing at William Carey University are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (

For Board of Nursing Professional Licensure Requirements, click here.