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PCC Nursing Program wins accreditation extension
Photos and Story by James Hill
PORTLAND, Ore. – The nursing program at Portland Community College has been awarded accreditation through spring of 2011. In 2003, PCC was accredited by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC) for five years with an interim progress report due in 2005. Claudia Michel, director of nursing at PCC, along with nursing faculty and staff completed the interim report last spring. The commission accepted the report and lengthened the time for the next accreditation visit by three years. "This is the absolute best-case scenario and all that we had hoped for," Michel said. "We’ve all worked very hard to make this nursing program successful." Michel added that the NLNAC accreditation is an important accomplishment and one in which institutions strive to achieve. In the 2004 directory of NLNAC Chemeketa, Rogue and Umpqua community colleges are the other two-year programs in the state accredited through NLNAC. PCC is also accredited through the Oregon State Board of Nursing until 2011. The NLNAC supports the interests of nursing education and provides specialized accreditation for programs, both post-secondary and higher-degree, which offer a certificate, a diploma, or a recognized professional degree. The program is located at the college’s Sylvania Campus in southwest Portland.