Ivy Tech Community College has received initial accreditation status for its Associate of Science in Nursing (ASN) and Practical Nursing (PN) programs from the National League for Nursing’s Commission for Nursing Education Accreditation (NLN CNEA). The accreditation status was granted for the maximum term amount of six years and will be in effect through February 29, 2024.
“Ivy Tech’s focus on excellence and student success has led to this important achievement,” said Sue Ellspermann, president of Ivy Tech. “As the state’s largest producer of nursing graduates, we remain dedicated to providing our nursing students with the high-quality education and experience they need to provide exemplary nursing care, advance in their careers, and serve their communities.”
For decades, Ivy Tech has played a crucial role for those in Indiana pursuing a career in nursing. From 2016-2017, the College had a total of 1,229 ASN graduates and 355 PN graduates. After graduating, these students are eligible to apply for Registered Nursing and Practical Nursing National Council Licensure Examinations (NCLEX-RN, NCLEX-PN),in2016, accounted for 64 percent of Indiana’s total ASN testers and 73.5 percent of PN testers.which
Upon successfully passing these examinations, graduates have opportunities to obtain entry-level nursing positions in a variety of healthcare areas. They can also choose to continue their education and advance in the healthcare field.
These two programs also have first-time pass rates that exceed NCLEX standards. In 2017, Ivy Tech ASN graduates had an 86.48 percent pass rate, 2.24 percentage points higher than the average. PN graduates had a 96.32 percent pass rate, 12.48 percentage points higher than the average.
The NLN CNEA’s accreditation process promotes excellence and integrity of nursing education through the review of a program’s diversity of program mission, curricula, students and faculty and assuring there is an emphasis on a culture of continuous quality improvement which results in a caring and competent nursing workforce.
Ivy Tech’s School of Nursing programs are also approved by the Indiana State Board of Nursing. For more information, visit IvyTech.edu/Nursing.