Preparing Nurses for the Workforce
Vermont Tech Receives National Accreditation for Nursing Programs
Randolph Center, VT (04/29/2020) — The Vermont Technical College Nursing programs, Practical Nursing Certificate (PN), Associate of Science Degree in Nursing (ADN) and Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing (BSN) programs have earned six-year program accreditation by the National League for Nursing Commission for Nursing Education Accreditation (NLN CNEA).
The NLN CNEA Board of Commissioners' decision to grant accreditation was based on review of the program's self-study report, on-site program evaluation team report, the NLN CNEA Program Review Committee's report and the determination that the program complies with the NLN CNEA Standards of Accreditation.
The college's nursing programs have been accredited in the following areas: Practical Nursing-system-wide (distance education), Associate Degree in Nursing-system-wide (distance education), and Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN-BSN, distance education) since 2015 by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing. This recent move to NLN CNEA provides another level of review and reaffirms Vermont Tech's commitment to quality and innovative nursing education.
"We are extremely pleased to earn accreditation for all of Vermont Tech's nursing programs from the NLN CNEA," said Sarah Billings-Berg, Vermont Technical College's Associate Dean of Nursing, "We hold ourselves and our students to the highest standards of nursing education and training. Receiving recognition from the NLN CNEA, is a reflection of our historically high NCLEX pass rates and high retention rates in the PN and ADN programs, as well as our diverse BSN curriculum. The NLN CNEA, like Vermont Tech, is dedicated to caring, diversity, integrity and excellence in nursing. We are proud to align with these core values."
In challenging times like these, quality nursing and related health profession education is crucial in preparing graduates to work effectively during a public health crisis. Vermont Tech offers a career ladder progression approach for students to enter and advance in a nursing career. The career ladder approach is provided in a 1+1+2 model, which allows for the completion of the Practical Nursing (PN) certificate, followed by the completion of the Associate of Science in Nursing (ADN) leading to eligibility for RN licensure, and culminating with the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN). Qualified students may be accepted into Vermont Tech's Nursing program at any point (pre-PN, ADN, or BSN) and may progress through the bachelor's degree or choose to stop at the PN or ADN credentials.
"I'm proud of the nursing program's faculty and students for their hard work and commitment to excellence in education," said Patricia Moulton, President of Vermont Technical College, "Accreditation from the National League for Nursing Commission demonstrates Vermont Technical College's dedication to leadership in the field of nursing education and its commitment to the students."
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About Vermont Tech - Vermont Technical College is a leading public college with a mission of applied education and student-centeredness. One of the four institutions of the Vermont State Colleges System, Vermont Tech serves students from throughout Vermont, New England, and beyond at its residential campuses in Williston and Randolph Center, regional campuses in Brattleboro and Bennington, and at six nursing sites located throughout the state. Vermont Tech features state-of-the-art laboratory experience and a highly personalized classroom and student-life experience. All of our programs utilize a technological educational component, from the simulators used by our nursing program around the state, to manufacturing laboratories in Randolph Center and Williston. Our academic programs encompass a wide range of engineering technology, agricultural, health, and business fields that are vital to producing the knowledgeable workers needed most by employers in the state and in the region. www.vtc.edu.