Salem Community College has applied for reaccreditation of its Associate Degree in Nursing program.
Through an extensive self-study process, the College must demonstrate that its program meets the 2013 accreditation standards set by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN), formerly the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission.
Accreditation serves as the program’s seal of excellence, according to Vice President of Academic Services and Chief Academic Officer Mark McCormick. SCC must meet or exceed accrediting standards for mission and administration, faculty and staff, students, curriculum, resources and outcomes. ACEN will send a team to visit campus to evaluate the program next spring, according to McCormick.
Evaluators will review key program performance data such as pass rates on the national nursing licensure examination (NCLEX), program completion rates, graduate satisfaction, employer satisfaction and job placement rates. Graduates of SCC’s Associate Degree in Nursing Program have passed the NCLEX-RN exam at an average rate of 90 percent over the last six years.
To ensure that the Associate Degree in Nursing curriculum is aligned with the current ACEN standards and national best practices, SCC’s Nursing faculty members are developing changes to the curriculum for 2014-2015, McCormick said.
After passing the NCLEX-RN exam, SCC nursing graduates find employment in hospital-based jobs in medical surgical units, emergency departments, telemetry units and operating rooms. Other graduates are choosing careers in long-term care and assisted-living facilities, according to Ann M. Gioia, Associate Professor of Nursing at SCC. Gioia said that a high percentage of graduates transfer into Wilmington University's bachelor of science in nursing (BSN) and master’s degree programs. Other students transfer to Drexel University for their BSN. Wesley College is another destination for SCC nursing graduates.
The College is conducting a national search for a new Director of Nursing, according to McCormick. The director oversees the Associate Degree and Practical Nursing (PN) certificate programs.
The Associate Degree in Nursing and PN programs are both accredited by the New Jersey Board of Nursing. The PN program is also accredited by the ACEN.