WCC’s nursing program hits the big 4-0

WCC's Nursing Program Hits the Big 4-0

WCC nursing students Maryann VanDaele and Adam Robichaud work on drawing blood from an arterial practice arm at the Sept. 2015 Free College Day event. Photo by Steve Kuzma

The 2015-2016 academic year is a special time for Washtenaw Community College’s nursing program.

The nursing department celebrates its 40th anniversary and it also will receive a reaccreditation site visit on Feb. 9-11 from the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN).

The nursing program has been accredited since 1996 with its last visit in 2008.

To be reaccredited, WCC’s nursing department must meet all of ACEN’s standards and criteria. During the three-day visit, ACEN will meet with WCC’s nursing faculty and students, visit clinical sites on campus, and observe some of the nursing courses as part of its evaluation. In July, WCC’s nursing department will learn whether it has been reaccredited.

Additionally, the public is invited to meet the site ACEN team and share their comments regarding WCC’s nursing program at a Public Comments meeting on February 10 from 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. in the Morris Lawrence building, room 103 / 203.

According to Gloria Velarde, longtime nursing faculty member, the WCC Board of
Trustees approved the transfer of the local occupational program for training licensed practical nurses from the Ann Arbor Public Schools system to WCC in 1974.

Read the rest of my story in the January/February issue of On the Record here.

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