Question: Are the nursing programs at South Central College (SCC) programs approved? And what does that mean?
Answer: Yes, SCC’s nursing programs are all approved by Minnesota State Colleges and Universities (MnSCU) system and through the Minnesota Board of Nursing (MNOB). The state board sets and regulates standards and provides approval of nursing schools curriculum designed to train nursing students to be eligible to sit for the National Council of Licensure Examination (NCLEX) examination. Minimally, every approved nursing school must meet the standards and criteria set by the state boards, including pass rate percentages.
Question: Are SCC’s nursing programs currently nationally accredited?
Answer: Our nursing programs are not yet accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN), formerly titled National League of Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC).
SCC is accredited by the Commission on Institutions of Higher Education of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.
Question: If SCC nursing programs are not yet nationally accredited, can nursing students still sit for their NCLEX board exams to become either an LPN or RN?
Answer: Absolutely YES! Our nursing graduates are well prepared upon completion of their nursing program at SCC to take their NCLEX board exams. Upon successful passing of boards, our SCC nursing graduates are going on to find jobs either as an LPN or an RN, depending on the type of program from which they graduated.
Question: Without having national accreditation yet, can SCC graduates transfer to a four-year university for their BSN completion?
Answer: Yes! A growing number of our RN graduates have successfully transferred to four-year universities to complete their BSN program. SCC has articulation agreements with several MnSCU colleges to allow for seamless transition from our two year college to a four year program. SCC graduates may also transfer to private universities in pursuit of their BSN degree. Interested students should contact the college they wish to transfer into for specific BSN program requirements.
Question: If a student graduates from a program not yet nationally accredited, can those graduates still get jobs as an LPN or RN?
Answer: Yes. There is a high placement rate of our nursing graduates into the workforce. Many clinical sites have seen our nursing students in action, know our program, and look forward to being able to offer nursing positions for our graduates. There are some employers who prefer nurses who have graduated from a nationally accredited program and some employers who require it. Locally, there are many employers hiring our graduates even though SCC has yet to receive national accreditation.
Question: Are nursing programs required to have national accreditation?
Answer: The Minnesota Board of Nursing is requiring all nursing schools to become nationally accredited by 2018. SCC has decided independently, however, to seek national accreditation before the 2018 deadline.
Question: What is a helpful website to learn more about national accreditation?
Answer: Check out the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, ACEN, website by clicking here.