The Kirkwood Associate Degree Nursing Program has achieved initial NLN Commission on Nursing Education Accreditation (CNEA) for six years.
This allows the graduates of the two-year program to work at hospitals that require accredited degrees and make it easier for students to transfer to earn their four-year degree.
Kirkwood President Dr. Lori Sundberg said, “It is an arduous process. Everything has to be verified and documented and it holds institutions to the highest levels of review.”
Nursing Department Coordinator Lauri Hughes said, “This accreditation will benefit nursing students in a few different ways. This will allow our students to more easily work at the VA Hospital in Iowa City as they have previously required individuals to have been graduates of an accredited program. This accreditation will make transferring to a four-year school for a BSN easier, both in state as well as out of state.”