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McLennan Community College ADN program receives Full Approval accreditation status from Texas Board of Nursing
Posted: October 21, 2019
McLennan Community College's Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) program status was upgraded from "Conditional" to "Full Approval" by the Texas Board of Nursing. The upgrade comes after students vastly improved pass rates on the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX).
"The faculty, students, and I are delighted with the renewed full accreditation status from the Texas Board of Nursing as a result of the hard work and improvements that have been implemented throughout the ADN program," Program Director Becky Griffin said.
The Texas Board of Nursing placed the program on "Full Approval with Warning" status in January 2017 after two consecutive years of NCLEX pass rates did not meet the 80 percent threshold set by the board. Although pass rates improved, in January 2019, the board changed the status to "Conditional." The ADN program accepted and graduated students throughout the process.
Since January, the MCC nursing faculty worked on the recommendations and requirements provided by the Texas Board of Nursing to ensure improvements. The ADN faculty implemented in-depth success sessions, provided additional case studies, and met with students who struggled with the rigorous content of the program. Faculty members attended professional development sessions focused on concept-based curriculum and dedicated themselves to instructing students in critical thinking and problem solving. Finally, the administration demonstrated constant support and commitment to the ADN program, providing resources for success while upholding program policy and faculty decisions.
The College received tremendous support and encouragement from the local healthcare community and our partners. "The school of nursing has provided education to many incredible nurses over the years, who touch the lives of so many in our local communities through their chosen careers," Vice President of Nursing Services and Chief Nursing Officer at Ascension Providence Cyndy Dunlap said. "We are pleased with the dedication and hard work to restore this conduit for learning in our community."
"McLennan Community College has a long history of providing excellent nurses for our community, and I am pleased that our faculty and students have demonstrated that adjustments can be made to enable us to return to acceptable first-time pass rates," MCC President Dr. Johnette McKown said.
The ADN Program is accepting applications for the Spring 2020 cohort. For more information about applying to the program by its next application deadline on Oct. 28, visit www.mclennan.edu/health-professions/associate-degree-nursing/.