April 3, 2019 - Pine Technical and Community College’s (PTCC) Licensed Practical Nursing (PN) and Associate Degree (RN) programs have successfully completed the accreditation process through the National League for Nursing and Commission for Nursing Education Accreditation (NLN CNEA). PTCC is one of four campuses in Minnesota to receive this new accreditation status.
This has been a three-year process culminating in a site visit last October, not long after our Higher Learning Commission Accreditation Site visit, which also passed. Our report went to the Review Board for the National League for Nursing (NLN) Commission for Nursing Education Accreditation (CNEA) in January; in February the reports and the review board recommendations moved to the NLN CNEA Board of Commissioners. National nursing accreditation through NLN CNEA promotes and recognizes excellence, integrity, caring, and diversity in nursing education.
We recently received word from NLN-CNEA that we were granted initial accreditation for both the Practical Nursing program and the Associate Degree Mobility Nursing program beginning February 22, 2019 and through February 28, 2025.
What does this mean for our students? Our students will not be limited to careers following their education that require a degree from an accredited body or institution. Many health care organizations require nurses to graduate from a nationally accredited nursing program to obtain a career in their facility. Accreditation helps our students stand out in the competitive nursing job market.
In addition, the PTCC Licensed Practical Nursing and Associate Degree (RN) programs are proud to announce a NCLEX-PN score of 93.94% and a NCLEX-RN score of 92.59% for 2018. The state average for NCLEX-PN was 85.52%, and the national average was 85.93%. The state average for NCLEX-RN was 82.62% and the national average was 85.13. Since the program’s history, this is the highest scores have been. PTCC is proud to provide our students with the knowledge base to score highly on this nationwide examination for the licensing and future of all nurses.