OCTC Nursing Program Earns NLN CNEA Accreditation

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OWENSBORO, KY (10/31/2018) The Owensboro Community & Technical College Associate Degree Nursing (ADN) program has successfully earned accreditation from the National League for Nursing Commission for Nursing Education Accreditation (NLN CNEA).

"This shows the excellent quality of our nursing program and their commitment to continuous quality improvement by taking it to the next level seeking national accreditation. We are very proud of this accomplishment, which brings added value to our students and to the community" added Scott Williams, OCTC President.

The process began back in April 2016, once a college applies and is accepted for pre-candidacy status, then the work begins. Programs must submit a detailed report with evidence demonstrating compliance to the five core standards. In April 2018 three site evaluators assigned by the NLN CNEA visited OCTC as part of the year long process, moving from pre-accreditation status to full accreditation. OCTC was considered compliant in all five standards with no follow up reporting required to complete accreditation.

Terri Lanham, OCTC Director of Nursing commented, "We are extremely pleased that there was not a request for follow up data to confirm we were in compliance with all criteria! Initially meeting all five standards is a true testament to our Nursing faculty and how prepared we are to maintain the quality of this program and comply with these national accrediting standards. Receiving this national standing will positively impact all nursing students here at OCTC. We look forward to their academic successes and maintaining our commitment to their future nursing goals."

The final step in the process was for the NLN CNEA Program Review Committee to review the evaluator's report and make recommendations to the NLN CNEA Board of Commissioners who then take final action on the accreditation status of the program. That process was completed October 18-19, 2018. OCTC's ADN programs status is effective for six years, providing the college maintains compliance with NLN CNEA criteria.

For more information about the OCTC Associate Degree Nursing program please contact terri.lanham@kctcs.edu.


Owensboro Community & Technical College is one of the sixteen community and technical colleges that make up the Kentucky Community & Technical College System. OCTC serves the KY counties of Daviess, Hancock, Ohio and McLean. OCTC has three campuses in Daviess County and a Center and Annex in Hancock County. OCTC strives to serve the communities in the service area by providing associate degree education for transfer, state of the art technical education for students focusing on entering the workforce, customized business and industry solutions through the Workforce Solutions division, and adult education and business and industry testing through the SkillTrain unit.


The Kentucky Community and Technical College System is the Commonwealth's largest postsecondary institution with 16 colleges and more than 70 campuses. We also are Kentucky's largest provider of workforce training and online education. Through partnerships with business and industry, we align our programs to meet the needs of local employers. We help students fulfill their dreams of creating a better life through programs that lead directly to jobs or help them transfer to one of our four-year partners.

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