Western Nevada Community College's well-regarded associate degree nursing program earned nods of approval last week by state and national agencies. Representatives from the Nevada State Board of Nursing and the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission each recommended full approval and re-accreditation, respectively, for the associate degree nursing program.
The comments came at an exit interview for the regular, periodic assessments required of college academic programs. The Nevada State Board of Nursing evaluators said they would recommend the maximum approval of four years, while the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission evaluators recommended the maximum eight-year re-accreditation. Their recommendations will be forwarded to the full boards of the agencies, where approval is anticipated.
WNCC's Director of Nursing and Allied Health, Dr. Judith Cordia, was upbeat. "We are very pleased with the positive recommendations of the committee to both boards," she said. "It speaks highly of the program, faculty, students and the entire college. It shows the support the WNCC nursing program has throughout our service area."
President Carol Lucey concurred. "We are all very proud of this outstanding program and the wonderful people who are a part of it. I would mention that our nursing students take a full college curriculum, including courses in general education and the sciences in addition to their nursing coursework. They use resources such as counseling and library services. Hence, the strong endorsement of its quality by both these external agencies is a statement of approval not just for the nursing program, but for the other areas of college instruction and support services as well."
Among the many program strengths cited:
Suggestions for improvement included continuing to enhance Internet learning opportunities, review library materials for currency, and complete a nursing faculty handbook.
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