Nursing Program at A-B Tech Achieves National Accreditation

A-B Tech’s Nursing Program is the first associate degree program to receive national accreditation by the National League for Nursing Commission for Nursing Education Accreditation.

“Earning national accreditation demonstrates that the program meets or exceeds established quality standards in nursing education,” said Christy Andrews, the Jack and Carolyn Ferguson Endowed Nursing Chair at A-B Tech. “Having accreditation benefits graduates by facilitating their access to additional academic and employment opportunities.”

According to the NLN CNEA website, Colleges “that invest in achieving NLN CNEA accreditation show their commitment to improving the educational process for faculty and students and impact the professional practice of nursing and patient outcomes.”

A-B Tech admits two cohorts of nursing students a year for fall and spring admission. The Associate Degree Nursing programs is a five-semester program that results in qualification to take the licensure exam to become a registered nurse.

“Achieving accreditation has been a rigorous and lengthy process requiring an ongoing commitment by the college and the nursing department to quality nursing education,” said Andrews. “All full-time nursing faculty are master’s prepared nurse educators, which is challenging to achieve and maintain at the community college.”

“This notification of accreditation by the CNEA is a major accomplishment for the A-B Tech Nursing Program,” said Dr. Jon Wiener, Dean of Allied Health. “It allows us to expand the number of clinical sites we can send students to for training.  The accreditors were extremely pleased with the Nursing Program and were very complimentary about how the program is run, the exemplary faculty, and the quality of graduates.  Kudos to Chair Christy Andrews and her fine staff of faculty and staff for this commendable accomplishment.”

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