The Nursing Program at South Puget Sound Community College (SPSCC) has officially been granted initial candidacy status from the National League for Nursing Commission for Nursing Education Accreditation (NLN CNEA) starting July 2017. The pre-accreditation status is the first step for the Nursing Program to achieve national accreditation within a three-year timeline. The program applied for pre-accreditation status in early 2017 and was informed of its approval June 2017.
The next step in the process requires the Nursing Program to submit a self-study report and schedule an on-site evaluation. Associate Dean of Nursing Laurie Choate expects this process to happen by fall of 2018. Choate expressed her excitement for the program’s next step stating, “This pre-accreditation phase speaks to the quality and forward movement of our program.” Upon the decision by the NLN CNEA on the quality of instruction from the evaluation and report, the program could earn national accreditation for up to the next six years. Currently, the program is fully approved by the state through the Nursing Care Quality Assurance Commission.
The Nursing Program at SPSCC is the first program in Washington State to implement an Associate of Nursing Direct Transfer Agreement (DTA) degree which allows graduates to seamlessly move to a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree program. Graduates from the 2016 and 2017 programs have been accepted to bachelor’s programs and hired at local health facilities.