PPCC Nursing Receives National Accreditation
Allison Swickard, April 12, 2012
The Pikes Peak Community College (PPCC) Nursing Program recently earned accreditation from the National League for Nursing Accreditation Commission (NLNAC), a national organization for nursing education accreditation. Of the 18 associate’s degree Registered Nurse Nursing Programs that applied for accreditation for fall 2012, PPCC is among 11 receiving full accreditation.
“While our program has always been fully approved by the Colorado State Board of Nursing, this national accreditation is very significant for our program, and for the education of associate’s degree nursing students at PPCC,” Mary H. Nifong, MSN, RN, Nursing Program director said. “This accreditation not only indicates the commitment and dedication of the faculty, staff and administration at PPCC, but also in receiving this accreditation our students will have more opportunities for acceptance at nursing schools offering advanced degrees." She adds, "This should also result in more job opportunities for registered nurses.”
Earning NLNAC accreditation is an extensive process. The PPCC Nursing Program first applied for candidacy approval and then submitted a detailed self-study report. Once the self-studied was delivered to NLNAC, the program was required to pass a three-day onsite verification review and survey by NLNAC representatives.
During the visit, NLNAC representatives measured the PPCC Nursing Program against six standards: Mission and administrative capacity, faculty and staff, students, curriculum, resources and outcomes. Each of the six standards has between five and 10 specific sub-criteria that must be met or exceeded to obtain accreditation. PPCC met all the standards and sub-criteria.
In total, the accreditation process lasted nearly two years and will be valid until fall of 2016.
The PPCC nursing program admitted its first class in 1969 and graduated 46 registered nurses in 1971. Today, the nursing program has 180 students enrolled and graduates approximately 80 students each year.
The National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC) is responsible for the specialized accreditation of nursing education programs (clinical doctorate, master’s, bachelor’s, associate’s, diploma, and practical programs). The NLNAC is nationally recognized as a specialized accrediting agency for both post-secondary and higher degree programs in all types of post-secondary and higher degree education nursing programs.