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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 19, 2012

For More Information:
Jaylene McIntosh
Director of Development & Public Relations
jmcintosh@dacc.nmsu.edu

DACC announces candidacy eligibility for NLNAC accreditation

Las Cruces, NM – The nursing program at Doña Ana Community College has received notice from the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission, Inc. (NLNAC) that it has been deemed eligible to participate in the candidacy process for NLNAC accreditation.

“We continue to support the efforts of our program director, faculty and staff who are working expeditiously to regain our program’s accreditation,” said President Dr. Margie Huerta. “Being eligible to participate in the NLNAC candidacy process is a positive step forward for our program. We are dedicated to successfully acquiring program accreditation for the benefit of our students and our community.”

Huerta said the nursing program has been recognized for its quality curriculum and student resources. “Our faculty and staff have been consistent for the past three years and pass rates on the national licensure exam as well as employer placement rates remain high,” she said.

DACC has been assigned a mentor from the NLNAC to assist with site visit preparations including a candidacy presentation, which DACC anticipates making by the spring of 2013 with the goal of a site visit from the NLNAC by the fall of 2013.

Additionally, DACC is actively interviewing and hiring master’s level nursing faculty. “We are pleased with the nursing faculty candidates,” said Division Dean for Health and Public Services Evelyn Hobbs. “Our recruitment and hiring efforts are not only enhancing our nursing program, but these efforts are also ensuring we are meeting the NLNAC criteria for program accreditation.”

Huerta said interest in the nursing program remains high and DACC is currently admitting students into the program beginning January 2013.

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