CPCC earns accreditation from the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing

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Central Piedmont Community College’s (CPCC) Nursing program, The Christa A. Overcash Associate DegreeNursing Program, has earned accreditation from the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN).

To gain accreditation, CPCC had to undergo an extensive review process, which began last year when the college conducted a Self Study to gain “candidacy status.” Following this step, CPCC welcomed an ACEN Site Visit Team to its Central Campus in September 2014 to meet with CPCC administration, faculty, staff and students; tour CPCC’s Central Campus, including the Health Careers Building, where the program is housed; conduct a public meeting to hear feedback from the community; and review additional measures to verify and validate the contents of the Self Study.

The CPCC Nursing program received exemplary remarks from the Site Visit Team. In their report, ACEN Site Visitors specifically noted the strong support and resources provided by the college to the nursing program; the beauty of the Health Careers Building; the work ethic, devotion and passion of CPCC’s nursing program faculty; the commitment of the program’s instructors and students; and the quality of the program’s clinical facilities.

The team’s findings, as well as the Self Study, were then given to a peer Evaluation Review Panel for examination and later to the ACEN Board of Commissioners, which made the final decision on the program’s accreditation status.

“Earning the ACEN accreditation signifies our graduates will be recognized nationally and internationally as products of an associate degree nursing program that exceeds the standards and criteria for a high quality, self-regulating, nursing program,” said Dr. Jeanette Cheshire, director of Nursing Education at CPCC.

“The ACEN’s decision is especially timely as CPCC’s Nursing Program celebrates its 50th anniversary this year,” said Lisa List, chair of CPCC’s Nursing Program. “Earning accreditation demonstrates the high caliber of our program to the local community and reaffirms the college’s commitment to providing programs to one and all.”

The ACEN is the only U.S. Department of Education-recognized nursing accrediting agency that serves all types of nursing education programs, including clinical doctorate, master’s and post-master’s certificates, baccalaureate, associate, diploma and practical programs. Therefore, an ACEN accreditation is a mark of distinction, certifying that a nursing program adheres to the highest national standards of education. To become accredited, nursing programs must demonstrate their program meets ACEN's exacting standards of quality in the following six standards: mission and administrative capacity, faculty and staff, students, curriculum, resources and outcomes.

To learn more about CPCC’s Nursing program, please visit www.cpcc.edu/nursing.

Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing  (ACEN), 3343 Peachtree Road NE Suite 850, Atlanta, Georgia, 30326, PH:  404.975-5000, Fax:  404.975-5020, website: www.acenursing.org.

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