The Associate Degree Nursing Education Program admitted its first students in September 1965 and in August 1967 graduated the first Associate Degree nursing graduates in the state. The program received initial accreditation by the National League for Nursing in December 1967 and has maintained that status throughout the ensuing years. Since the inception of the program more than 4,000 students have graduated from the Associate Degree Program. The program is approved by the Alabama Board of Nursing and accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc. (ACEN) http://www.acenursing.org/, formerly NLNAC (National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission, Inc.), 3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850, Atlanta, GA 30326; (404) 975-5000. The program received continuing accreditation in September 2008 and is scheduled for a reaccreditation visit in fall 2016.Nursing Education Program Mission
The mission of the Nursing Education Program at Jefferson State Community College is as follows:
- To contribute to the continuing provision of health care in the community by offering quality associate degree.
- To provide the organization through which the philosophy, program objectives, curriculum and program policies may be developed, implemented, evaluated, and revised within the framework of the College's organization in a manner which maintains approval by the Alabama Board of Nursing and accreditation by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission.
- To interpret the purposes of the Nursing Education Program to other institutions, organized groups, or individual members of the community.
- To promote an environment conducive to satisfaction and professionalism of the nurse faculty and staff.