Accreditation renewed for Yavapai College nursing program

Yavapai College’s associate degree nursing program has received continuing accreditation from the responsible granting body, the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN). (VVN/Vyto Starinskas)

Yavapai College’s associate degree nursing program has received continuing accreditation from the responsible granting body, the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN). (VVN/Vyto Starinskas)

Yavapai College’s associate degree nursing program has received continuing accreditation from the responsible granting body, the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN).

A three-member team from ACEN conducted a three-day site visit to the Clarkdale and Prescott campuses to evaluate the nursing program. Elements of the program assessment included a review of the program and college resources, program mission, and the qualifications and experience held by nursing program Director Mary Brown and all full-time and part-time faculty and staff.

ACEN measured the program outcomes using the National Council Licensure Examination exam (NCLEX-RN) pass rate -- which for Yavapai College nursing graduates currently stands at 91 percent -- compared with the state pass rate of 86 percent and the National pass rate of 84 percent.

“Yavapai College is focused on providing quality and meaningful education to our students,” says Yavapai College President Dr. Penny Wills. “Our students in turn, work diligently and cooperatively to perform so they can become valuable contributors to the community. The accreditation renewal is the evidence of the continued success of our nursing program,” added Wills.

While the college itself is accredited through the Higher Learning Commission, accreditation through ACEN is specific to the nursing program and is a voluntary, peer-review process that helps to ensure that the practices and procedures taught at the college are of the highest professional standards and are maintained through continuous self-assessment, planning and improvement. According to ACEN’s website (www.acenuring.org), “Accreditation indicates to the general public and to the educational community that a nursing program has clear and appropriate educational objectives and is working to achieve these objectives.”

Since 1980, Yavapai College has graduated 2,161 nursing students from its associate degree program. To learn more, go online to yc.edu.

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