Nursing Program Earns Maximum Award by the Accreditation
Commission for Education in Nursing
The Owens Community College registered nursing
program has received the maximum award of eight-years’
accreditation from the Accreditation Commission for
Education in Nursing (ACEN) and will have a scheduled site
visit in the spring of 2026.
is an amazing accomplishment for our program and highlights
the hard work of our faculty and staff,” said Cathy Ford,
M.Ed., R.T., dean, School of Nursing and Health Professions.
“Being awarded accreditation for the maximum eight-years
emphasizes the high standards we set for the program and
acknowledges our program as one of the best in northwest
Owens nursing students who have taken the National Council
Licensing Exam for registered and practical nursing (NCLEX-RN
and NCLEX-PN) have pass rates and placement rates among the
highest in the country and routinely outperform the state
and national average.
For example, during the second quarter of 2018, 145 students
who took the NLCEX-RN passed on the first attempt, resulting
in a pass rate of 96.67 percent and 2 students who took the
NCLEX-PN passed on the first attempt, resulting in a pass
rate of 100 percent. Both pass rates exceeding the national
and state passage rates.
“The quality of nurses that come out of Owens can be seen in
the students pass rates,” said Irene Jones, MSN, RN, chair,
Nursing Department. “We have excellent students in our
nursing program and we are extremely proud of their
The ACEN is the national accreditation agency for all types
of nursing education programs and is recognized by the
United States Department of Education and the Council for
Higher Education Accreditation.
For additional information about the College’s nursing
programs, please call 567-661-2387 or 1-800-GO-OWENS, Ext.
2387 or visit