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HCC nursing program awarded accreditation

April 14, 2013

The nursing program at Hagerstown Community College was recently awarded accreditation by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission.

Although HCC’s nursing program has been fully accredited by the Maryland Board of Nursing since the associate degree program began in 1969 and the practical nursing program began in 2003, this is the first time officials at HCC voluntarily went through the review process for national accreditation by the accrediting organization.

“This is one of the most rigorous evaluations of all nursing accreditations and we are just thrilled to have been successful in our attempt to earn accreditation,” said Karen Hammond, HCC’s director of nursing.

“This will help our students when they apply for jobs, as employers look more favorably on a certificate or degree from an NLNAC-accredited school.”

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The commission’s review process focuses on six standards and criteria that include mission and administrative capacity, faculty and staff, students, curriculum, resources and outcomes.

In preparation for the review process, HCC’s nursing faculty prepared a comprehensive self-study and systematic plan of evaluation. The review culminated in a three-day visit to campus by a team of nursing program evaluators last fall.

The commission’s board of commissioners recently granted initial accreditation for HCC’s associate degree and practical nursing programs. The next evaluation visit is scheduled for fall 2017.

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