SPSCC Nursing Program receives national accreditation

Students can earn CNA or three-years toward RN degrees


South Puget Sound Community College (SPSCC) announced on Wed., July 7 that its nursing program received national accreditation from the National League for Nursing Commission for Nursing Education Accreditation (NLN CNEA) Board of Commissioners.

The accreditation is a general requirement for nursing programs in the state and provides graduates with more practice opportunities. SPSCC’s program prepares students to move from training to certification to work in as a Certified Nurse Assistant (CNA) in as little as three months. Students seeking to become Registered Nurses can complete three years of training at SPSCC and then transfer to a four-year university for the fourth year of training.

In a press release, Marriya Wright, Dean of Allied Health & Nursing at SPSCC explained, “A national accreditation confirms that our program’s curriculum is up to date on current trends and advancements in nursing and healthcare, enhancing the overall care provided by our nursing graduates.” Wright added, “Agencies that partner with us already know that our program does a wonderful job of graduating students ready to begin practice as a nurse.”

In addition, the SPSCC plans to expand its nursing program by providing new facilities for its students. Currently, the program is scheduled to move to the newly renovated Dr. Angela Bowen Center for Health and Education in the fall. Aside from classrooms, the building will also have a simulation lab space.

Formerly known as the Louis Walker Building, the 24,000 sq. ft. property was purchased in 2019 through an in-kind donation made by local philanthropist Dr. Angela Bowen. The donation, which was worth a total of  $1.19 million, is the largest one made in the school’s entire history.


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