The Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing granted initial national five-year accreditation to the Associate Degree Nursing program at Lake Region State College’s (LRSC) Devils Lake and Mayville locations. Graduates of the LRSC Nursing program and employers who hire LRSC nursing graduates believe in the quality of the college’s nursing program and the notice of being nationally accredited solidifies that quality reputation.
LRSC is part of the Dakota Nursing Program (DNP), a partnership of four North Dakota community college nursing programs with a shared curriculum taught on all four consortium campuses. The partners include Bismarck State College, Dakota College at Bottineau, Lake Region State College, and Williston State College. In addition to the four partner campuses, the Dakota Nursing Program is also offered at associate sites in Mayville, Grand Forks, Valley City, Rugby, Harvey, Hazen, Minot, and New Town.
ACEN is the entity that is responsible for the specialized accreditation of nursing education programs, both postsecondary and higher degree and its granting of accreditation speaks volumes to the quality nursing program at LRSC.
“ACEN accreditation indicates the high quality of LRSC’s nursing program. The accreditation process is rigorous and involves every area of the college. This is affirmation for the faculty who teach in the classroom, the clinical faculty who provide excellent hand-on learning, and the local medical facilities who provide exceptional clinical opportunities as well as hire our graduates,” said Julie Traynor, Director of the Dakota Nursing Program consortium.
The DNP consortium was created a decade ago and has improved access to nursing education, particularly in rural areas of North Dakota, and increased faculty opportunities for collaboration across campuses. The consortium is focused on providing quality evidence-based nursing education, serving as a basis for continuing education, and collaborating to educate future nurses to safely and effectively meet the diverse health care needs of North Dakota.