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Tompkins Cortland Nursing Program Receives Prestigious Accreditation

August 23, 2011

The Tompkins Cortland Community College nursing program has been reaccredited by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC). The continuing accreditation is for eight years, the maximum awarded by the NLNAC. The College's nursing program has been accredited since 1979.

The NLNAC is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education as the national accrediting body for nursing education programs. The NLNAC evaluates a program on standards that include the curriculum, faculty credentials and continuing education, how the college evaluates and improves the program, student satisfaction, national certification pass rates, program policies, and graduate performance. They also look at the college as a whole and evaluate support for the program including admission policies, financial aid rates and policies along with student support services. The eight-year accreditation signifies that Tompkins Cortland has a program of the highest caliber and assures all the credits earned in the nursing program will transfer to other institutions.

The evaluation process began in 2010 with a lengthy self report and culminated with a three-day site visit by three NLNAC evaluators. "I am grateful to the college community as a whole and especially the nursing program faculty for all their work and support during this important process," said Professor Kimberly Sharpe, MS, RN, CNE, chair of the College's nursing program.

Concurrent to the NLNAC process, Tompkins Cortland's nursing program was also evaluated by the New York State Education Department. The College received continuous reaccreditation, the state's highest rating. The positive findings from the regulatory bodies were echoed by officials at two of the nursing program's community partners.

"Congratulations to the Tompkins Cortland Nursing Program!" said Susan R. Nohelty, RN, MSN, Vice President of Patient Services for Cayuga Medical Center at Ithaca. "We are indebted to the Tompkins Cortland Nursing Program for providing Cayuga Medical Center with a cadre of professional, well-trained graduate nurses, who skillfully and compassionately care for our patients at all levels throughout the organization"

"Through the years, Cortland Regional Medical Center has enjoyed a close, beneficial partnership with the College's nursing program," said Denise Mironti, RN, MSN, Senior Vice President-Patient Care Services for Cortland Regional Medical Center. "Its graduates have excellent clinical skills and understand the importance of personalized patient care, so they fit well into our mission of achieving exceptional care. We congratulate the Tompkins Cortland staff for earning its accreditation and high rating, and look forward to a continued strong relationship in the future."