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Galen’s Hazard Campus Associate Degree in Nursing Receives ACEN Programmatic Accreditation

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Hazard, KY – April 24, 2018 – With the accreditation of its Hazard, Kentucky, Associate Degree in Nursing  (ADN) program, Galen College of Nursing is pleased to announce that all of its ADN programs have been granted accreditation by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN).  The Hazard location is Galen’s fifth instructional site to receive this accreditation.

In response to the ongoing nursing shortage throughout Eastern Kentucky, Galen College of Nursing partnered with Appalachian Regional Healthcare (ARH) to offer an ADN program beginning in March 2017.  “This partnership helps provide a solution to the growing need for nursing care and greater access to nursing education in the region,” said Joe Grossman, President and CEO at ARH.

“The support from the Hazard community has been amazing,” said Mark Vogt, CEO at Galen College of Nursing.  “Our mission is about expanding opportunity in nursing, and earning ACEN accreditation college-wide is a testament to the quality of education offered through all of our campuses.”

The extensive accreditation process includes a self-study, an Accreditation Site Visit, and a recommendation for accreditation. The recommendation then is affirmed by an Evaluation Review Panel and approved by the ACEN Board of Commissioners.

ACEN accreditation is a voluntary peer-review process intended to enhance quality improvement in nursing education.  The core values of accreditation emphasize learning, community, responsibility, integrity, value, quality, and continuous improvement through reflection and analysis.  This programmatic accreditation is specific to nursing and focuses on standards in six key areas: mission and administrative capacity, faculty and staff, students, curriculum, resources, and outcomes.

The ACEN is recognized as the accrediting body for all types of nursing education by the United States Department of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation.

Galen College of Nursing graduates more nursing students than any other single program in Kentucky and consistently exceeds the national average on nursing licensure pass rates.  Since Galen’s founding in 1989, more than 20,000 nursing students have graduated from the College.

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Founded over 25 years ago, Galen College of Nursing is one of the largest private nursing colleges in the United States. With a focus solely on nursing education, the College offers practical/vocational nursing (PN/VN), associate and on-ground/online baccalaureate degree nursing programs to over 5,000 students on its campuses in Louisville, Ky., San Antonio, Texas, Tampa Bay, Fla., Cincinnati, Ohio, Hazard, Ky., along with an Online Campus. Galen is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges.

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