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Dr Alicia Harvey-Smith, President of River Valley Community College, is proud to announce that the college has achieved full approval of its Registered Nurse Program from the New Hampshire Board of Nursing. The Board granted approval for the five year period allowed under Administrative Rules. This paves the way for the RVCC nursing program to receive candidacy status with Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) and is moving fast forward towards regaining full national accreditation for their Associate Degree Nursing program. A nursing program self study has been submitted to ACEN with the expectation of achieving candidacy status by the middle of December 2014. “This is tremendous news for the college and a testament to the hard-work of our faculty and administration. Dr. Shinn and the faculty were committed to achieving this outcome and I could not be prouder of them and the reinvigorated teaching and learning environment they are creating for our Nursing students”, said President Harvey-Smith.
The New Hampshire Board of Nursing congratulated the College for developing a program designed to prepare safe, effective practitioners. Dr. Patricia Shinn, Nursing Department Chair, noted, “Students currently enrolled in the nursing program at River Valley will be grandfathered in after we achieve full national accreditation. Generally, ACEN grants 2 years to complete the process, but we hope to regain accreditation in one year so the May 2016 graduate nurses can celebrate the success of achieving national accreditation.”
River Valley Community College has been educating and training practical and registered nurses for over 45 years. The college launched its Practical Nursing program in 1968 and established its Registered Nursing program in 1981. RVCC is one of seven colleges in the Community College System of New Hampshire and offers over 37 associate degree, certificate and diploma programs in Claremont, Keene and Online.