ALBANY —The Darton State College nursing program took another step forward recently, when the school’s RN to BSN Program was given an accreditation recommendation from a national nursing organization.
After conducting a recent site visit, the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN), found the college’s newest nursing program meets national and state standards for nursing education.
“We’re so pleased,” said RN to BSN Coordinator and Assistant Dean of Nursing Tracy Suber. “It’s important for our graduates to come from an accredited program.”
The recommendation comes not long after the school graduated it’s first group of 17 students receiving Bachelor of Science in Nursing degrees this past July.
Once the accreditation process is completed, it will be retroactive to include the degrees earned by those students, as well as the group of students who started the program this fall.
Suber said the school chose to go through the accreditation process to ensure that Darton students were beginning their careers or furthering their education by starting out with a degree for an accredited school.
“This is an elective process,” Suber said. “It’s important for our graduates to come from an accredited program. These standards are stringent. We chose to be a part of that because we want to have high standards.”
There are two more steps before the final accreditation is given, but Suber said those steps are a mere formality. The ACEN recommendation is the most important part.
“It was a very positive review,” Suber said. “It’s good news for everyone who’s associated with our program.”
Suber said the students who finished the program in July were all past graduates of Darton’s associate program, and she felt it was a testament to the quality of the school’s RN to BSN program that those students chose to further their education at Darton.
“It was very rewarding to see those students graduate from here and want to stay here,” Suber said. “It was an honor to have those students. They could have chosen to go anywhere.”