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CCC Nursing Program Receives Four-Year Reapproval

CCC Nursing Program Receives Four-Year Reapproval
April 08
14:23 2016

The Coconino Community College Nursing program received a four-year reapproval from the Arizona State Board of Nursing during its regular meeting Friday, March 25, in Phoenix.

Coconino County continues to have a growing need for professionals in a changing medical field environment, and CCC strives to meet the needs in spite of austerity measures that have been implemented to offset state cuts that have been ongoing since 2006.

Dr. Colleen Smith, President of Coconino Community College, said, “We want to commend the Nursing Program for the hard work they have done to earn reapproval. I’ve had numerous people in the community tell me about experiences they’ve had with nurses trained by CCC and how important this program is to our community. We are seeking creative ways to partner with our community to continue to provide excellent programs and develop new training.”

“The reapproval is due to the hard work that Director Lori Edwards and the faculty have dedicated to the program,” said Dr. Monica Baker, Dean of Career and Technical Education at CCC.

In February 2015, CCC hired a new Director of Nursing and Allied Health, Lori Edwards, who worked tirelessly to bring CCC into full compliance with state regulations. Among those efforts were the hiring of two new highly qualified nursing faculty. Edwards also hired a full-time Medical Assistant faculty member and reworked the Certified Medical Assistant program that now allows students to enter at any time and complete in two semesters.

“Our reapproval is a positive indication that we continue to have an outstanding program for our students and our county,” Edwards said.

The CCC Nursing program had initially been placed on probation in December 2014 by the State Board of Nursing, citing corrections that needed to be made to be in compliance with the Arizona State Board of Nursing guidelines. The concerns outlined by the Board of Nursing have been remedied.

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