History of PCC Nursing
HISTORY OF PRATT COMMUNITY COLLEGE NURSING PROGRAM
As one of its premier programs, the nursing program at Pratt Community College has a history of preparing high quality nurses. The first nursing cohort started in August 1982, with the first class graduating in May 1984.
The Nursing Department started in the basement of the main campus building and stayed there until December 2002 when Chandler Hall was completed. It is located on the northeast of the PCC main campus. Initial National League for Nursing accreditation was achieved in October 1991. The Nursing program has held continuous national accreditation since that time, through what is now the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN).
PCC is the primary provider of nursing education for Barber, Cowley, Harper, Kingman, Pratt and Sumner counties and parts of Chautauqua, Comanche, Kiowa, and Stafford counties. The PCC Nursing Programs at both the Pratt & Winfield campuses are within easy commuting distance for students who reside in Wichita and Sedgwick County. The Wichita campus is the first and only public associate degree nursing option in Wichita. The hybrid/online program serves students statewide, as well as out of state students.
As defined by the National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN), the PCC nursing program is a 1 + 1 program, offering both a Practical Nursing (PN - LPN) Certificate and an Associate in Applied Science in Nursing (ADN-RN). LPNs and Paramedics are admitted into the ADN level.
Pratt Community College has demonstrated a strong commitment to expanding its nursing program enrollment to meet the state’s growing need for additional registered nurses. Pratt Community College has been a leader is answering the statewide call for expanded enrollment and increased access to nursing education programs that lead to increased numbers of registered nurses in the workforce. Since fall 2002. The PCC ADN completion program has increased capacity from 30 to 180 students, including:
1. Fall of 2002 Pratt campus increase from 30 to 40 students
2. Fall of 2005 – addition of a satellite program in Winfield, Kansas through a collaborative agreement with Cowley College. 30 PN students start the program
3. Fall 2006 – increase Winfield campus capacity to include 30 ADN students
4. Spring 2007 – addition of statewide online/hybrid program with 80 students admitted per year