The Colby Community College associate degree nursing program was removed from “warning” status and accreditation has been reaffirmed by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN). The decision was made at the ACEN board meeting July 20-21.
The 40-student program was placed on warning status in 2013 when ACEN found deficiencies in areas relating to faculty qualifications, curriculum, and student pass rates on the national licensing exam. After ACEN conducted a site visit in October 2015 and reported faculty qualifications and curriculum had improved, the status was upgraded to “warning with continuation for good cause.” A follow-up visit in February 2016 concluded the program made additional progress and was taking necessary steps for overall improvement.
“Under the leadership of program director Rikki Wait, our nursing department worked extremely hard to accomplish this goal,” said Vice President of Academic Affairs Brad Bennett. “I am very proud of this huge win for CCC and our region."
The program’s next accreditation review will be in 2021.