Carroll Community College received notice from the National League for Nursing--Commission for Nursing Education Accreditation (NLN-CNEA), that the Registered Nursing Program holds pre-accreditation status. Nursing programs must apply for the opportunity to have pre-accreditation status.
“This is the first step for the Nursing Program to begin a multi-step, multi-year process that allows our accrediting body to consider the program for initial accreditation,” said Nursing Program Director Dr. Nancy Perry. “When a program becomes accredited, it demonstrates that the program meets industry standards of excellence in curriculum development and in quality improvement.”
“Our next step will be to begin a program-wide self-study, in which evidence is gathered and presented in a formal written document. A self-study demonstrates that the Nursing Program exceeds the standards set forth by the accrediting body. The self -study will being in fall, 2017, followed by a visit from the accrediting body, and then a formal hearing before the accrediting board. This timetable illustrates the depth and breadth of preparation going into the process,” said Perry.
The Nursing Program is a competitive admissions program in which 72 students are accepted from about 130 applications each year. Students may prepare to become Registered Nurses (RN) or Licensed Practical Nurses (LPN). RNs require specialized knowledge, judgement and skills to practice nursing. LPNs work in a team relationship with the registered nurse or physician in providing basic bedside care.
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