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Nursing program announces approval to admit students for the 2018-2019 term

05 April 2018
Nursing Program Announces Approval to Admit Students for the 2018-2019 Term

The Pratt Community College Associate Degree Nursing (ADN) Program has been approved by the Kansas State Board of Nursing (KSBN) to allow enrollment for the 2018-2019 academic year.

In April of 2017 PCC put its ADN program on hold for one year to allow faculty the opportunity to conduct a complete transformative restructuring of the ADN program starting with the mission and concluding with sustainable and repeatable measures to help ensure a high quality program in the future. PCC was granted approval by KSBN on Mar. 29, to voluntarily cease admissions to the ADN Program for one academic year.

PCC nursing faculty and administration received the news that the ADN Program was approved to admit students just last week after a final review and meeting at the KSBN offices in Topeka. During that time PCC presented the restructured ADN curriculum and syllabi for all courses and case study examples compiled by nursing faculty Sandy Nissen and Sherry Ward. PCC administration and nursing staff also provided clearly defined, measurable, and assessable goals, objectives and benchmarks that were established and evaluated weekly, monthly, and quarterly to help ensure ADN faculty met administrative expectations.

PCC’s Director of Nursing, Kim Hansen proposed to KSBN approval to admit 30 students for the ADN program to begin this Fall. She also announced the hiring of a new adjunct faculty member to the team, Tammy Barber. Barber will be teaching PN clinical for the Winfield campus.

Remarks from the KSBN were overall positive toward Hansen, the administration and the PCC Board of Trustees. They stated in a review after a February on-site visit to Pratt that they saw many strengths within the program including the support of administration and trustees and within the nursing department itself. They also praised the facilities at the Pratt campus nursing simulation room and the community clinical site which is located in Pratt Regional Medical Center.

Hansen says that in this last year the department staff have made many changes to not only the curriculum but also the way they test nursing students to prepare them for state licensing exams,  and the admissions process.

“Our faculty have completely revised the curriculum for the ADN Program with the help of a grant hired development consultant,” said Hansen. “We submitted a new proposed curriculum to the KSBN at our last visit along with case study examples for cross evaluation.”

PCC President, Dr. Michael Calvert says the he and the PCC family are all very excited to re-admit students to our ADN Program starting this fall. 

“We consistently hear from our local and regional health care facilities that the need for quality nurses is high,” said Calvert. “We appreciate the support of the KSBN, who certainly did their due diligence in this process. I would also like to thank the PCC Board of Trustees, the community, and the PCC faculty and staff for their unwavering support of our nursing programs. A special thank you to the PCC Nursing faculty and staff for their continued hard work in the quest to rebuild the quality of the ADN Program. We will build off the most recent NCLEX pass rates as a foundation and look forward to the future optimistically”

The KSBN does have recommendations for the program moving forward. They approved the Practical Nursing (PN) program for another 5 years given that they maintain their National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX) pass rates which have been higher than required at 90.91 percent pass rate.

“We are extremely pleased to receive the five-year approval from KSBN for the PN Program,” said Calvert. “The pass rates and outcomes have a long history of success and we are honored to receive the highest recommendation (5 year approval) from KSBN. Our faculty and staff continue to deliver high quality health care education.”

 The ADN NCLEX pass rates for last year are also up at 83.33 percent.

“I would like to say thank you to the PCC Board of Trustees, the administration, the faculty and especially to Sherry Ward and Sandy Nissen (Nursing faculty) for their support during this last year,” said Hansen.

The ADN Program is currently accepting applications to the program until April 18, 2018. The ADN Program has already received many students interested in starting this Fall. Interested applicants can contact the Associate Director of Special Program Admissions, 620-450-2114, elyseb@prattcc.edu.