Nursing students benefit from national accreditation
Students in Colorado Mountain College’s registered nursing program in Glenwood Springs-Spring Valley and Breckenridge now know with certainty they’re receiving an education equal to any other in the country, after the college’s associate degree program recently received national accreditation.
The National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission in Atlanta, Ga., granted the program initial accreditation at the end of June, completing a process begun in 2007. The commission is recognized as the accrediting body for all levels of nursing education from practical to doctorate by the U.S. Department of Education and numerous other agencies and boards.
Betty Bembenek, director of nursing education at Colorado Mountain College, called the designation the “gold standard” in nursing school accreditation. “NLNAC accreditation is a rigorous, multilevel, national peer-reviewed process that demonstrates achievement of quality and excellence in nursing education,” said Bembenek. “Having this accreditation also increases our students’ eligibility for national scholarships.”
She explained that it means students who complete their associate degree will be able to transfer easily to a four-year college or university anywhere in the U.S.
The program at Colorado Mountain College admits a maximum of 72 students annually, Bembenek said. Last year, those CMC graduates successfully completed their national nursing licensing examination with a pass rate of 92 percent, compared to a national pass rate of 86 percent.
“The quality and excellence of Colorado Mountain College nursing graduates enriches the quality of health care provided to our district residents in their local communities,” said Bembenek.
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