MISSOULA – The Nursing Program at Missoula College has earned continuing accreditation at the highest level from the National Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing.
Continuing accreditation, based on a rigorous evaluation of nursing instruction, curriculum and facilities, requires meeting six standards set by the national commission and was granted in August after the submission of a self-study report and an on-site evaluation visit. Each standard addresses specific areas, including mission and administrative capacity, faculty and staff, students, curriculum, resources and outcomes.
“We have an awesome faculty and staff who constantly strive not only to meet the accreditation standards but also to exceed them,” said Dixie McLaughlin, Missoula College Nursing Program director. “Nursing faculty are tasked with developing and regularly reviewing our curriculum to ensure integrity, rigor and currency, which they do with inordinate skill and knowledge.”
More than 300 students at Missoula College are enrolled in pre-nursing, with approximately 76 students in the Nursing Program. The program prepares students to be competent and caring individuals who assist in meeting the health care needs of Missoula and surrounding communities. Program graduates receive a Registered Nursing degree and have high-demand job opportunities in the nursing field in hospitals and other facilities, depending on their specialty.
In 2015, every student in Missoula College’s Nursing Program passed the required Council Licensure Exam. Due to this, students in the Nursing Program cumulated an overall licensure pass rate of 94 percent, compared to 85 percent nationwide.
Missoula College’s Nursing Program also has the approval of the Montana Board of Nursing.
“This is a wonderful acknowledgement of the hard work and dedication that our faculty and staff show on a daily basis,” said Missoula College Dean Shannon O’Brien. “This just reaffirms the collaborative efforts that have been put forth between the Nursing Program and local leaders in the area of health care. We are excited to continue these partnerships next year as Missoula College moves into our new facility.”
The accreditation board of commissioners highlighted Missoula College’s new building, under construction on East Broadway, as an area of strength. O’Brien said the program’s opportunities will expand with the building’s advanced facilities.
“This ongoing commitment to excellence in the classroom and our partnerships in the community will help ensure that our students continue to lead the nation in their licensure rates,” O’Brien said.
The re-accreditation is in effect for the next eight years.
To learn more about the Nursing Program, visit http://mc.umt.edu/nursing/.