Cecil College Nursing Program Receives Re-Accreditation

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NORTH EAST, MDCecil College’s registered nursing program has received re-accreditation from the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) as of late May. This re-accreditation certifies that the program consistently meets or exceeds the standards set by the Commission.

ACEN supports nursing education, practice, and the public through accreditation. This peer-review, self-regulatory process involves non-governmental associations recognizing educational institutions or programs that meet or exceed academic quality standards.

Cecil College President Dr. Mary Way Bolt praised the achievement. “Congratulations to Cecil College’s registered nursing program for receiving reaccreditation. This highlights the program’s commitment to excellence in nursing education and its dedication to maintaining high student and faculty standards. We are steadfast in our mission to fully prepare nurses to meet the challenges of today’s healthcare environment.”

The registered nursing program is central to Cecil College’s Health, Human, and Business Sciences Department. This department also includes various other medical and administrative programs. These programs operate under the Academic Programs division.

Re-accreditation assures students they are well-prepared for the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (RN), a requirement to practice as an RN. The program’s faculty maintain their expertise by working in clinical settings and staying updated on current trends through professional development. The nursing faculty meets monthly to review procedures and documentation, ensuring the program keeps pace with education and practice standards.

In September 2023, the Cecil College Nursing Department hosted an ACEN site visit to review the associate degree nursing program. The Board of Commissioners awarded the re-accreditation in March, effective through fall 2031. The College received official notification in May.

While voluntary, accreditation demonstrates that a nursing program achieves and maintains high standards and outcomes. Accredited programs may also be eligible for additional state or federal funding.

The re-accreditation letter from ACEN CEO Kathy Chappell commended Cecil College for its “commitment to continuous quality improvement in Nursing education.” She noted the Board of Commissioners granted continuing accreditation and scheduled the next evaluation visit for fall 2031.

Cecil College’s re-accreditation underscores its ongoing dedication to providing high-quality nursing education and preparing graduates to meet healthcare challenges successfully.

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