Owens Community College recently received official notice from the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN), formerly the National League Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC), that the registered nursing program has regained initial accreditation through spring 2018.
“Owens has always maintained a quality nursing program and as a result, being granted accreditation status has been a priority,” said Dawn Wetmore, dean of the School of Nursing. “We have put in a tremendous amount of effort to make sure we have met all of the required standards while continuing to ensure that students are receiving the highest quality nursing education at Owens Community College.”
As part of its commitment to the ACEN guidelines, Owens has increased its nursing faculty from 25 to 35 full-time members – six clinical teaching faculty and four lab faculty – all of whom have master’s degrees in nursing. Owens has also enhanced its data collection, analysis and action taken related to data results for the registered nursing program in the Systematic Plan of Evaluation (SPE) to track the program’s effectiveness.
The college converted the former nursing department into a School of Nursing in an effort to increase accountability. The students in the School of Nursing receive advising services from a full-time advisor.
Owens registered nursing students who have taken the National Council Licensing Exam (NCLEX-RN) have traditionally had high passage rates. During the first two quarters of 2013, 80 students passed the exam on the first attempt, resulting in a pass rate of 95.4 percent, which exceeds both the national and state passage rates.