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Collin College Named Texas' First Center of Excellence in Nursing Education™

July 28, 2011 – Collin College’s nursing program is proud to announce that the National League of Nursing (NLN) has named it a Center of Excellence in Nursing Education™.

Collin College’s nursing program, which was officially recognized for this prestigious designation at a national ceremony in September, becomes Texas’ first and only Center of Excellence in Nursing Education. Of the more than 1,800 nursing programs in the country, only 19 have been named a Center of Excellence.

The New York City-based NLN invites schools to apply for Center of Excellence status based on their demonstrated sustained excellence in faculty development, nursing education research, student learning and professional development. Programs must also have a proven commitment to continuous quality improvement. Specifically, Collin College earned the designation in the categories of professional development and enhancing student learning.

Since 2006, more than 650 Collin nursing students served more than 215 community partners in response to community needs, providing more than 4,000 service hours each semester totaling more than 40,000 service hours in five years.

The Collin College nursing program also has a history of high pass rates on the registered nurse licensure exam. In fact, 2011 Collin College nursing graduates scored a 97.3 percent pass rate, far exceeding the state average of 89.3 percent. The program also has been lauded by The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board for having one of the top three graduation and licensure rates in the state.

Collin College’s first-time Center of Excellence designation extends from 2011 through 2015.
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The Nursing Refresher course is no longer offered through the ADN program at Collin College.  For more information please visit Collin College Health Sciences Continuing Education department at  

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Donna Hatch, MSN, R
Dean of Nursing

Lisa Zachmann
Assistant to the Dean

Cathleen Rangel
Retention Recruiter Nursing
Diana Kollman
Administrative Assistant

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The Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) formerly known as National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission has granted continued re-accreditation to the Nursing program for the past eight years.
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