Nicolet Nursing Program continues maximum national accreditation
April 24, 2015
Nicolet College’s Associate Degree Nursing program continued its tradition of excellence by earning its third consecutive eight-year accreditation from the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing.
Eight years is the maximum granted by the national organization and is awarded only to colleges that meet the highest standards.
“It’s very rewarding to get this seal of approval from professional nursing education evaluators,” said Lenore Blemke, dean of Health Occupations at Nicolet. “This is a testament to the quality of nursing instruction at Nicolet, the hard work of our students, and level of commitment by our many clinical partners in the community that support the program.”
A three-member team from the accrediting commission spent three days on the Nicolet campus last fall, seeing how well the program stacked up against 49 different criteria.
These included the rigor and breadth of the nursing curriculum, faculty qualifications, student support services, the percentage of students who pass the state exam to become registered nurses, the department’s budget, and other resources available to deliver instruction.
During the visit evaluators interviewed numerous individuals about the program, including employers, current students, and graduates.
Being accredited is critical to any nursing education program, Blemke noted.
“Without it, the vast majority of the employers in the area would not hire our graduates,” she said. “And those students looking to go on and earn a bachelor’s degree would not be able to transfer their credits to a four-year campus,” she said.
Blemke also noted that new Nicolet Nursing graduates have an excellent chance of passing the State Boards exam, which is required to work as a Registered Nurse in Wisconsin.
Historically, between 100 percent and 90 percent of Nicolet students pass the exam on their first attempt. The national pass rate averages about 85 percent.
The Nursing program’s next accreditation evaluation visit is scheduled for fall, 2023.