Carl Albert State College Department of Nursing Receives Continued Approval from Oklahoma Board of Nursing
Carl Albert State College received notice in November that the Oklahoma Board of Nursing has granted the College’s nursing program continued full approval for five years, which is the maximum period granted at a time to a nursing program.
The first class of freshman nursing students was admitted at Carl Albert in 1981 and graduated in 1983 at the Poteau campus. Initial accreditation from the National League for Nursing occurred in 1984. The program has maintained continuous, full accreditation since that time. Current accreditation with the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc. (formerly NLNAC) will be reviewed in spring of 2018. The program expanded to the Sallisaw campus in 2003.
According to Abbie Bailey, CASC Director of Nursing, without the Board’s approval the nursing program does not exist. The projected enrollment for this fall is 68 students at Poteau and 30 at Sallisaw. Bailey explained, “Graduates from our nursing program readily find employment in health care locally and in surrounding communities of Oklahoma and Arkansas. We offer a traditional two year associate of applied science degree in nursing. Upon completion of our program and successfully passing the necessary testing requirements, our students go to work as Registered Nurses.”
Students may enter CASC’s nursing program with advanced placement if they hold a license in practical nursing (LPN) or transfer from another nursing education program. Advanced placement students must complete a nursing transition course upon entering the clinical component of the program. LPN advanced placement students may receive up to 18 credits of nursing coursework and enter the program at the third semester. Placement of transfer students is determined on an individual basis.
CASC President, Garry M. Ivey stated the success of the nursing program is very important to the College. “Through this and other health related programs we are able to provide quality education that allows our students to go straight from Carl Albert to strong careers in our region. This is beneficial to the students and the local economy.”