WNC nursing programs receive recognition

Western Nevada College nursing student Marisa Giovannoni works in a lab at the Carson City, Nev., campus on Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2011. Photo by Cathleen Allison (Cathleen Allison)
Western Nevada College nursing student Marisa Giovannoni works in a lab at the Carson City, Nev., campus on Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2011. Photo by Cathleen Allison (Cathleen Allison)
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Updated: 11/08/2012 3:33 pm
RENO, Nev. (KRNV & MyNews4.com) -- Western Nevada College’s Associate Degree Nursing program has received praise after a group from the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission evaluated them.

WNC’s Associate of Applied Science Degree program passed the preliminary stage of its eight-year accreditation evaluation with many accolades, and now awaits a final decision from NLNAC Board of Directors, which is expected to vote on the recommendation during a January meeting.

A team of nursing and allied health professionals from around the country pored over a report submitted by WNC, then spent three days personally examining the college’s Associate Degree Nursing Program. Curriculum, student policies and procedures, leadership, faculty, equipment, resources, and evaluation processes were all scrutinized.

The use of a systematic evaluation plan for both students and the curriculum has helped the program achieve a 100 percent first-time pass rate on the national licensing exam for the graduating class of 2012, one evaluator said.

The program also drew accolades from the availability of computer labs, library research materials, free research workshops, and the college’s Academic Skills Center, which provides tutoring to struggling students.


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