The nursing program at Hagerstown Community College was recently awarded accreditation by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC). Although HCC’s nursing program has been fully accredited by the Maryland Board of Nursing since the associate degree program began in 1969 and the practical nursing program began in 2003, this is the first time that officials at HCC voluntarily went through the review process for national accreditation by this prestigious accrediting organization.
“This is one of the most rigorous evaluations of all nursing accreditations and we are just thrilled to have been successful in our attempt to earn accreditation,” said Karen Hammond, HCC’s director of nursing. “This will help our students when they apply for jobs, as employers look more favorably on a certificate or degree from an NLNAC-accredited school.”
NLNAC’s review process focuses on six standards and criteria that include mission and administrative capacity, faculty and staff, students, curriculum, resources, and outcomes. In preparation for this review process, HCC’s nursing faculty prepared a comprehensive self-study and systematic plan of evaluation. The review culminated in a three-day visit to campus by a team of nursing program evaluators last fall. NLNAC’s Board of Commissioners recently granted initial accreditation for HCC’s associate degree and practical nursing programs. The next evaluation visit is scheduled for the fall of 2017.