The Practical Nursing Program at Southeast Arkansas College (SEARK) has earned “Continued Program Approval” through 2022 by the Arkansas State Board of Nursing.
Earning the continued approval for the SEARK Practical Nursing Program is the final confirmation of an evaluative process that culminated with a review visit in the fall of 2017. The Arkansas State Board of Nursing has set standards that each educational program must meet to maintain continued board approval. The review included an in-depth examination of the program curriculum, NCLEX pass rates, facilities, faculty qualifications, student retention and fiscal resources allocated for the program. The continued approval designation is required so graduates of the program qualify for licensure as a nurse in any state in the United States.
According to Jennifer Holcomb, Dean of Nursing and Allied Health, “Receiving confirmation of the continued program approval for the Practical Nursing program reflects the hard work by the Nursing Department and our students to become a part of the healthcare community serving the region.” Holcomb also stated, “We are challenging ourselves to make the programs offered throughout the Nursing and Allied Health Department better for our students, faculty and ultimately our future patients.”
Steven Bloomberg, SEARK President, referred to the continued approval as a “positive indicator about the future of the program and an illustration of the dedication of our students and the talents of our faculty.” Bloomberg also remarked, “We are proud of all the SEARK family that work to make it a success. Dean Holcomb and her team should be commended for their efforts to improve the program and are encouraged to maintain the highest of standards in the future.”
For more information about the Practical Nursing Degree or any of the many programs in the SEARK Nursing and Allied Health Program contact Jennifer Holcomb at (870) 850-4917 or via email at jholcombseark.edu.