ASN Program Granted Candidacy Status

Dr Alicia Harvey-Smith, President of River Valley Community College, is proud to announce that the college has achieved candidacy status with Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) and is quickly moving  toward regaining full national accreditation for their Associate  of Science in Nursing (ASN) program. The College has 2 years to complete the full self-study and  site visit from the ACEN.

“I was confident that River Valley Community College’s Nursing Program would move expeditiously to gain candidacy status and could not be happier with the result and am looking forward to the program’s full national accreditation from ACEN.” said Dr. Harvey-Smith.

The ASN Program recently achieved full approval  from the New Hampshire Board of Nursing. The Board of Nursing granted approval for  five years, the maximum period allowed under Administrative Rules.

Dr. Patricia Shinn, Nursing Department Chair, noted, “We are extremely excited about reaching ACEN candidacy status and after celebrating this accomplishment, we will begin working on the self-study that will lead to full national accreditation.” With candidacy status, students currently enrolled in the nursing program at River Valley will be grandfathered in as having graduated from a nationally accredited program. 

River Valley Community College has been educating registered nurses for over 45 years.  The College  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.


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