Kirkwood Nursing Program Achieves NLN CNEA Accreditation


Kirkwood Community College’s nursing program has earned accreditation status from the National League for Nursing Commission on Nursing Education Accreditation (NLN CNEA), according to a press release from the community college. Of the 15 two-year nursing programs in Iowa, Kirkwood’s program is one of five to be accredited.

The institution applied for pre-accreditation in 2019. Once granted in June 2019, the college began conducting a two-year self-study of the nursing program as part of the accreditation requirements. The self-study was submitted in 2021, which was followed by an on-site visit by the accreditation body. The NLN CNEA determined that the program met or exceeded all essential quality standards and granted full accreditation status for six years.

“Our accreditation is further proof of what most people have known for years – that Kirkwood’s nursing program is one of the best two-year nursing programs in the country,” said Kathy Dolter, Dean of Kirkwood Nursing, in a press release. “For many years, we have prided ourselves on having a superior faculty and a legacy of great student achievement.”

In recognition of the new accredited program status, a celebration is scheduled today from noon to 12:30 p.m. in the atrium of Linn Hall on the main campus in Kirkwood. Students, faculty and staff are expected to attend to hear remarks from nursing and college leaders, including Kirkwood President Lori Sundberg.

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