Nursing program passes accreditation review with flying colors

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The National League of Nursing Accrediting Commission held a meeting on Sept. 30. The public was able to speak directly to the accrediting team. The Chancellor was also in attendance. The program was found to be in compliance in all six standards.

The program was found to be in compliance in all six standards. They also received a recommendation for approval for eight more years.

The purpose of the nursing program is to provide the education necessary to develop competent practitioners in nursing and to provide a base for the continuing development of the student as an individual. Completion of the nursing program allows the student to sit for the State of California NCLEX exam.

“We hold high educational standards that students and faculty have to meet,” said Tammy Rice, assistant dean of Health Sciences & Human Services.

100 percent of the administration promotes responsibility; organization, development and they oversee nursing and the faculty. With 75 percent of faculty have masters degrees in nursing. 

The success of the students vary, the program has a 95 percent completion rate. Students can take a leave of absence since the program is very intense and a stressful environment. The program is number one out of 92, for all the programs in the jurisdiction.

The accrediting team is a group of state visitors that come to campus, visiting classrooms and hospitals where they meet with students, staff, and graduates. When meeting with students, they make sure students are satisfied, and evaluate how they are learning.

The nursing program admits only 60 students a semester. Last school year in 2009-2010, 99 percent of the students who took the NCLEX (National Licensure Exam) had a 100% pass rate.

The program is also the top of 972 nationwide in universities and community colleges.

When commenting on the meeting Tammy Rice assured  “they did very well.”

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