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Charter College to offer nursing program locally


Over the past 20 years medical providers and college nursing programs in rural regions in Alaska have longed for a way to train nurses at their clinical sites and remotely.

That dream is finally becoming a reality.

Charter College is networking with Alaskan hospitals, including Providence Seward Medical & Care Center, will provide Associate Degree Nursing education at various hospital locations. Through this distance learning AAS (Associate of Applied Science) Nursing Program, PSMCC will be working towards the goal of training local nursing students.

Charter College is accredited by the Accrediting Council of Independent College and Schools, and the Accrediting Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN), approved by the Alaska Commission on Postsecondary Education, and approved by the Alaska Board of Nursing. The college boasts a passing rate of 100 percent on the NCLEX (National Council Licensure Examination) – the certification to become a Registered Nurse. The program will blend video communication for theory, residency weeks for lab, and clinical assignments at the designated rural hospitals to educate a remotely located nursing workforce. Charter College’s plan consists of a 19-month program with 5 residency weeks for laboratory/simulation experience. They will use remotely located instructors or preceptors in accordance with ACEN (Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing) guidelines.

According to Joan Holloway, the Director Of Patient Care Services at PSMCC, the program is an excellent opportunity for anyone with the desire to become a nurse. The Charter College program will give them the ability to become a nurse while continuing to live in Seward. Utilizing PSMCC as their main site for the clinical practicum hours, students will be able to maintain their roots in Seward while embracing local nurses and faculty to share their expertise and wisdom.

Charter College will be holding an information session at Providence Seward Medical Center in the Phoenix Conference Room on Aug. 4, 2016 at 6pm for anyone interested.


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