~ Press release issued by Laurel Ridge Community College
MIDDLETOWN, April 4 — Laurel Ridge Community College’s Registered Nursing Program has received national re-accreditation through spring 2030.
The program first received accreditation by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) in 2017. Both the U.S. Department of Education and the Council for Higher Education Commission recognize ACEN as the accrediting body for nursing programs.
The associate of applied sciences in nursing degree program was granted continuing accreditation in September.
“Though a program is not required to be accredited, national accreditation validates that our program is meeting standards of educational quality that is specific to nursing education through the peer-review process,” said Kristina Simpson, Laurel Ridge’s director of health professions. “I want to congratulate our faculty team and everyone who contributed for this extraordinary achievement.
“The time and effort that goes into maintaining accreditation is intense, and demonstrates the college’s commitment to excellence and student success. We have been working toward this moment for years.”
The median salary for registered nurses is $75,261.
Learn more about Laurel Ridge’s nursing program