Voluntary, peer-review process helps ensure that the practices and procedures taught at the college are of the highest professional standards
In a news release, Yavapai College reported that its associate degree nursing program has received continuing accreditation from the responsible granting body, the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN).
While the college itself is accredited through the Higher Learning Commission, accreditation through ACEN is specific to the nursing program and is a voluntary, peer-review process that helps to ensure that the practices and procedures taught at the college are of the highest professional standards and are maintained through continuous self-assessment, planning and improvement. According to ACEN’s website (www.acenuring.org), “Accreditation indicates to the general public and to the educational community that a nursing program has clear and appropriate educational objectives and is working to achieve these objectives.”
The College said that a three-member team from ACEN conducted a three-day site visit to the Clarkdale and Prescott campuses to evaluate the nursing program. Elements of the program assessment included a review of the program and college resources, program mission and the qualifications and experience held by nursing program director, Mary Brown, and all full and part-time faculty and staff.
Since 1980, Yavapai College has graduated 2,161 nursing students from its associate degree program.