State Board Approves Nursing Program

Nursing Classroom

Maranatha’s Nursing Department took a step toward its goal of full accreditation recently when the program was granted approval by the Wisconsin Board of Nursing.

Four Board members visited campus Nov. 17, and Nursing Department Chair Kelly Crum received written notification of the approval Dec. 12.

“The Board members who visited were very complimentary of our program,” Crum said. “They took note of our really good ratio of faculty to students, which lends itself to the mentoring mode of teaching. They heard good things about our students at Fort Health Care, one of our clinical sites. They were impressed by talking to faculty from other departments at Maranatha. Those faculty members said they could usually pick out the nursing students in their classrooms. They also found our students to be warm, kind, and comfortable with the faculty and each other.”

Crum had submitted a self-evaluation report Oct. 11. The Board visitors—two members of the Education and Licensure Committee, the Executive Director and the Chief Legal Counsel—confirmed the contents of that report during the visit to campus.

Items in the report included an analysis of the program’s curriculum, faculty, evaluation processes, governing structure, clinical experiences, contracts, and relationships. One item the state Board took special note of was the results for 2011 Maranatha graduates taking state nursing board examinations—14 of 15 graduates passed on their first attempt.

The next big step for the Nursing Department comes in March, when site reviewers from the Commission for Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) visit campus. A favorable evaluation could be followed by CCNE accreditation. That would give Maranatha the distinction of being the only fundamental Baptist college in America with both college regional accreditation and CCNE nursing accreditation.

“Getting state approval was a necessary step in this process,” Crum said.