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Accreditation Status Update on the WWCC Nursing Program

As of October 1, 2012

Western Wyoming Community College is an accredited school of nursing. As stated by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC), "institutional accreditation is accreditation of all programs, sites, and methods of delivery." Be assured that WWCC is an accredited institution in good standing with the HLC. Specifically, Western is an Academic Quality Improvement Program Institution. This information can be found at www.hlcommission.org.

Further, pursuant to Wyoming Statues and the Wyoming State Board of Nursing Administrative Rules and Regulations, Western is an approved nursing school for the State of Wyoming. As such, students who graduate from the nursing program are eligible to take the NCLEX exam and upon successful completion will be eligible to apply for a Wyoming RN License. It is also important to note, according to the Wyoming State Board of Nursing, Wyoming licensed RNs should have no issues with endorsing to another state.

The Registered Nursing (RN) Program at Western Wyoming Community College is working toward re-establishing program accreditation through the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC). This secondary accreditation is not required in order for WWCC to offer a nursing program. In fact, one-third of community colleges nationwide are not accredited through the voluntary NLNAC accreditation.

WWCC holds itself to a very high standard and values the additional level of accreditation. The college has begun the process for reaccreditation. Documentation is being prepared and a site visit is expected in 2014. During the site visit the program will be reviewed for compliance with all NLNAC standards for accreditation.

Relevant facts:
• WWCC was commended in its 2009 NLNAC review for its outstanding curriculum.
      - "An innovative, creative, and problem-based curriculum."
      - "The program options are offered at outreach sites, and services are provided to meet multiple needs of the
        distance students."
      - "External sources of funding allow increased capacity to meet student needs in outreach areas."

• The WWCC student pass rate on the NCLEX within six month of completion of the program was 100% in 2011 and 94% in 2010.

• Western failed to meet the requirement for 100% master's degree qualified instructions. This deficiency is being addressed and all associate degree program faculty will be at the appropriate level by May 2013.

Questions about the program status may be directed to the Nursing Department at 307-382-1713.

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