Montgomery Community College Associate Degree in Nursing Program Earns State Board Approval

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Effective Friday, May 28, 2021, Montgomery Community College’s Associate Degree in Nursing Program will have full approval by the North Carolina Board of Nursing (NCBON). NCBON establishes the standards for nursing education programs preparing for nursing licensure. These standards are designed to ensure that graduates have the necessary education to safely and competently practice nursing.

MCC started its application for NCBON approval in 2018. The College’s application was approved, which initiated a customary two-year probation period. During this period of time, MCC kept a consistent nursing curriculum and content delivery system in place, culminating in the graduation of its first cohort of nurse candidates in May 2021.

The MCC nursing curriculum includes classroom and clinical experiences with patients across the human lifespan in clinics, hospitals, long-term care and community facilities. The program prepares competent, independent nursing practitioners for these settings.

The four graduates in MCC’s first Associate Degree in Nursing cohort (Madison Lindsay Bullins, Krystal Debray, Jennifer S. Karshner and Christian McSwain Saunders) are eligible to apply to take the National Council Licensure Examination, known as NCLEX-RN. A Registered Nurse license is awarded upon successful “Pass” on NCLEX-RN and satisfaction of other licensure requirements.

“Our NCBON approval signals a commitment to quality nursing education, putting MCC on the cutting edge of nursing curriculum, ensuring we’re placing highly-trained professionals into the workplace,” said MCC’s Director of Nursing Wendy Vaughn. “Our nursing graduates have credibility and confidence as they apply for nursing positions with local, state and national healthcare providers.”

MCC has been educating nurses for over 50 years. The recent NCBON approval demonstrates the strength of the College’s nursing program and the valuable healthcare education provided to students as they train to become frontline workers in our communities.