Wilkes Community College’s Associate Degree Nursing program has achieved national accreditation from the National League for Nursing Commission for Nursing Education Accreditation (NLN CNEA). The NLN CNEA ensures excellence and upholds integrity in nursing education worldwide through an accreditation process that values the diversity of program mission, curricula, students, and faculty. The process also emphasizes a culture of continuous improvement and greatly influences the preparation of a compassionate and skilled nursing workforce.

Dean of Health Sciences, Tammy Becky stated, “Our nursing program chose the NLN CNEA because their core values of caring and excellence align with well with ours…where standards are upheld in a rigorous, yet caring and respectful manner and a student-centered environment prepares competent, caring, quality nurses. This national accreditation award is testimony to our Nursing faculty’s dedication and commitment to ensuring quality nursing education for our students, community, and patients. I am appreciative of our community partner relationships and everyone who had a role in shaping our ADN program as a nationally accredited program.”

Director of Nursing, Dr. Emily Orr stated, “The Wilkes Community College Associate Degree Nursing program earning national accreditation demonstrates that the program has passed a meticulous quality review process and demonstrates commitment to providing high-quality education while preparing students for their nursing career. There is a significant demand for highly qualified nurses. Completing an accredited nursing education program prepares competent and caring graduates to work in dynamic healthcare environments and can open more doors for graduates in regard to job prospects, as well as obtaining additional higher education.”

About NLN CNEA – The National League for Nursing Commission for Nursing Education Accreditation (NLN CNEA), the NLN’s autonomous accreditation division, promotes excellence and integrity in nursing education globally through a values-driven accreditation process. The NLN CNEA accredits programs across the academic spectrum, including practical/vocational, diploma (RN), associate, bachelor, master’s, clinical doctorate, post-graduate certificate, and distance learning programs.