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Chesapeake Nursing Program Receives High Marks in Accreditation

Posted on Wednesday, September 01, 2004


The Chesapeake College/ MGW Nursing Program recently received initial accreditation from the National League of Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC).

"This accreditation means that we’ve reached the highest standard in nursing education," said Program Director Dr. Judith Stetson. "This high measure of quality significantly benefits our students, the nursing profession and our community."

The rigorous process involved the entire nursing faculty and took two years to complete. Chesapeake submitted a comprehensive self-study report to the NLNAC in January 2004.

A review panel of 30 nurse educators met in June to review the findings and make a recommendation. The NLNAC Board of Commissioners approved the panel’s recommendation and announced Chesapeake’s accreditation in late July.

Reviewers attributed the program’s success to the nursing faculty, support from the administration, and strong partnerships and relationships with the community.

The existing program was created in 1998 when the Macqueen Gibbs Willis School of Nursing at Memorial Hospital merged with Chesapeake College. The merger followed a longstanding partnership between the diploma nursing school and the community college.

In May 2004, the largest Registered Nurse class in Chesapeake College history graduated with 36 students. The program continues to grow and there is currently a waiting list for entry into the program. For information about nursing programs at Chesapeake College, please call 410-827-5917



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