April 21, 2009


LPN Program Receives Accreditation

Health care education at Northeast Alabama Community College took another major step forward with the recent announced accreditation of the Practical Nursing by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC). Northeast’s Practical Nursing program joins a select group in Alabama. Only about half of the state’s Practical Nursing programs at colleges are accredited by the NLNAC.

The NLNAC is nationally recognized by the U.S. Department of Education as the accrediting agency for postsecondary and higher degree nursing programs. NLNAC provides specialized accreditation for all types of nursing education programs including practical nursing, associate degree, baccalaureate, and graduate programs.

“This is an outstanding accomplishment for Northeast and our Nursing Program,” stated Dr. David Campbell, NACC President. “Our Nursing Instructors have worked very hard for this achievement. This accreditation demonstrates what an excellent nursing staff and program we have at Northeast.” Campbell added that the Practical Nursing program was added at Northeast in 2004 to provide more health care workers for the area. “We see providing health care workers as a very important part of our mission as a college,” Campbell added. “All indications are that there is going to be more and more a need for nurses and health care workers in the future. We want to provide the best trained nurses and health care workers that we can. We know how important they are.”

Accreditation is not required for Practical Nursing programs but is a voluntary process whereby programs conduct an internal self-study and provide data which exemplifies excellence. The NLNAC review includes an external evaluation from nurse educators from other states. Nursing programs are recognized for exceeding standards and criteria which reflect educational quality. Accreditation indicates to the general public and to the educational community that a nursing program has clear and appropriate educational objectives and has successfully achieved their objectives.

The nursing faculty, nursing students, clinical agencies, nursing graduates, and the general faculty at the college participated in the review. “We are pleased with the outcome of the review,” stated Dr. Cindy Jones, NACC Director of Nursing. “Since the program began in 2004, it has been our goal to achieve accreditation. It is a status symbol that all nursing programs seek to achieve.” The Practical Nursing Program has maintained a NCLEX passing rate of 100% for four consecutive years. The first practical nursing class was admitted in the fall of 2004. The employment rate of the LPN’s has remained at 100% following graduation.

For information on the Practical Nursing Program, contact Jane Hopson, PN Coordinator, at or phone ext. 407; or Dr. Cindy Jones, Director of Nursing Education, at or phone ext. 316; or visit the webpage Health Sciences.

Pictured are (L-R) Dr. David Campbell, President of NACC; Jane Hopson, PN Coordinator; and Dr. Cindy Jones, Director of Nursing Education.