Friday, February 08, 2013

FURTHER INFORMATION:            STACY ARMSTRONG (626) 857-4082, PAULA GREEN (626) 914-8873


Citrus College Associate Degree in Nursing Program Receives Re-Accreditation
by Stacy Armstrong


The Citrus College Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) Program has received “continued approval” from the California Board of Registered Nursing (BRN).


The “continued approval” status, which is the equivalent of re-accreditation, is good for five years.  It serves as the BRN‘s endorsement that Citrus College’s program meets or exceeds all criteria required of nursing schools.


The BRN regulates the practice of registered nursing and certified advanced practice nurses in order to protect the health and safety of consumers.  The purpose of program approval for nursing schools is to ensure program compliance with statutory and regulatory requirements related to education and licensing.


“It is extremely important for a registered nursing program to receive approval from the BRN,” said Irene Malmgren, vice president of academic affairs at Citrus College.  “Students who complete their coursework at unapproved institutions do not qualify to take the National Council Licensing Examination and cannot be licensed within California.  The fact that Citrus College received continued approval guarantees that our students are receiving an excellent education and that their entry into the health services field will be as smooth as possible.”


The Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) Program was introduced at Citrus College in fall 2007.  Since that time, 124 students have graduated as qualified candidates for the state board exams.


“Citrus College students have an extremely impressive pass rate on the state boards,” said Dr. Geraldine Perri, superintendent/president of Citrus College.  “Currently, 95 percent of the students who leave our program go on to successfully receive licensure.  Upon graduation, these students overwhelmingly report that the stellar faculty in the Citrus College ADN Program not only prepare them for their state board exams, but also prepare them for the real world of working as a registered nurse.”


According to the United States Department of Labor, nursing is among the top 30 occupations with the largest expected employment growth through 2020.  At the same time, a national shortage of nurses and the aging of the American population indicate that registered nurses will be in high demand for years to come.


“Citrus College is proud to be doing our part in securing the future of the health care industry through our Associate Degree in Nursing and vocational nursing programs,” said Susan M. Keith, president of the Citrus Community College District Board of Trustees.  “Receiving continued approval serve as an affirmation that we are providing a quality education to the health care providers of today and the future.”




FURTHER INFORMATION:            STACY ARMSTRONG (626) 857-4082, PAULA GREEN (626) 914-8873