Dordt College News

Dordt Nursing Program awarded national accreditation

May 5, 2007

Dordt College was recently awarded the maximum initial 5 years accreditation by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE, One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 530 Washington, DC 20036. Phone:202.887.6791 Fax: 202.887.8476). Initial approval to the college’s B.S.N. degree program was granted by the Iowa Board of Nursing in September, 2005.

National accreditation was achieved by Dordt’s Nursing Department through the completion of an comprehensive self study, followed by an extensive campus site visit by CCNE representatives last November, which noted the program had zero non-compliances.

Nursing Program faculty at Dordt College are Pam Hulstein and Kate Vander Veen, with additional Dordt faculty teaching other education courses in the four-year degree program. Hulstein noted that the B.S.N. program at the college is a result of visionaries who saw the need for highly qualified nurses and began working toward this goal about six years ago.

In the past, Dordt College had offered a Bachelor degree in Health Science, with students earning their Associate degree in nursing through a cooperative agreement with an accredited nursing program in Sioux City. The newly accredited Dordt College B.S.N. degree is a significant enhancement to that earlier program, offering the nursing degree most often preferred in healthcare facilities, and better preparation for leadership roles as graduates in their vocation.

Dordt’s B.S.N. program is wrapped around an Associate of Science in Nursing (A.S.N.) with collaborative partner, St. Luke’s College. Dordt students do the majority of their course work on campus, then get state of the art clinical training (sophomore and junior years) at St. Luke’s Regional Medical Center. Upon successful completion of year three, students are eligible to take the state board licensure examination to become a Registered Nurse (R.N.).

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