SIC president: Nursing program strong, can handle accreditation Vanessa Gooch of Harrisburg practices an injection. Courtesy of Melody Bryant/SIC Media Services BY TRAVIS DENEAL firstname.lastname@example.org Southeastern Illinois College President Jonah Rice says the college's top-ranked nursing program is doing fine, despite rumors. "Out of seemingly nowhere, I began fielding phone calls from individuals who said they had been told the nursing program was going away, which is certainly not true," Rice said. "Our program is one of the best two-year nursing programs in the state and there has never even been a suggestion that it will change." Rice, joined by Dean of Academic Services and nursing instructor Gina Sirach and Director of Allied Health/Nursing Amy Murphy, said they are puzzled why people would think the program was in jeopardy. Sirach said a recent revision to the Nurse Practice Act, which determines academic criteria for nursing degree programs, will mandate that two-year programs receive approval by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing. The accreditation process has a cost and SIC -- like all state-funded colleges in Illinois -- has received few funds from the state for nearly the past two years. Sirach, Rice and Murphy said perhaps people have assumed that the cost of accreditation would be too much of a financial burden for SIC to bear. "The bottom line is, if we have to seek accreditation for the nursing program, then we'll get accredited," Rice said. The notion, though, galls him, he said. "There is no correlation between accreditation of a nursing degree program and a success rate," Rice said. "Our program is ranked best in the state.
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