Nursing Students Celebrate Accreditation
PCC is excited to announce that both our undergraduate and graduate nursing programs are now accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). The decision is retroactive to the date of CCNE’s onsite evaluation earlier this year, which means all nursing degrees awarded since February 2015 are CCNE accredited.
PCC’s nursing program has always been approved by the Florida Board of Nursing. It was developed using professional nursing standards and guidelines and is regularly benchmarked against these standards, enabling graduates to pass their state boards with exceptionally high scores and successfully pursue their careers. Over the past twenty years, PCC nursing graduates have had a pass rate of over 90% on the NCLEX-RN, exceeding the typical national average of 87%. Dr. Denise McCollim, chair of the nursing department, said, “This program accreditation is a recognition from our peers that what we have been doing all along is providing a quality education.”
Rachel Piskerowski (MO), a senior nursing major, is thrilled about the recent accreditation and is confident that it will help her as she pursues job opportunities after college. “I think that since my degree is now accredited in the eyes of various institutions, it will aid me in finding a job more quickly, at perhaps a higher level,” she said.