UACCB Nursing Program Meets Accreditation Requirement

The University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville’s nursing program has met full accreditation compliance for Standard 2: Faculty Degree Requirements. According to Marietta Candler, UACCB interim division chair of nursing and allied health, the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing determined after
a follow-up report the community college’s RN program had 100 percent of full-time faculty possessing a master’s degree and greater than 50 percent of part-time faculty possessing a master’s degree. ACEN accreditation is a voluntary process that is peer reviewed and enhances quality improvement in nursing education.

“We are proud to be accredited by ACEN. The accrediting body supports the excellence and integrity of nursing programs,” Candler said. According to the ACEN website, “Accreditation also assists in the future improvement of the institutions or programs as related to resources invested, processes followed and results achieved.”

The ACEN report conducted in spring of 2015 was accepted by its board of commissioners and now holds UACCB under full compliance for accreditation. This acceptance will stay in effect until the fall semester of 2020, when another self-study report will be required of the RN program.

“UACCB has a wonderful nursing program and we are excited to help bring more nurses into the local job force upon completion of their degree,” Candler said.