The Oregon State Board of Nursing is the state agency responsible for overseeing the standards for approval of Nursing Programs in Oregon. Southwestern is an approved program having been approved in March 2012 for five years. The OSBN website provides the following information:
"The Oregon State Board of Nursing safeguards the public's health and well being by providing guidance for, and regulation of, entry into the profession, nursing education and continuing safe practice.
The Oregon State Board of Nursing monitors continuing compliance with the Standards for Approval at least every 8 years with exceptions made for programs that have been nationally accredited which may be reviewed at least every 10 years. The standards address faculty approval, curriculum approval, and student standards and records as well as several other program specific approvals. Southwestern is responsible for submitting an annual report each year. Copies of the report are available by contacting the Office of Instruction.