April 7, 2012
Katie Testa, left, a nursing student at Colorado Northwestern Community College’s Craig campus, completes an IV lab in January as nursing instructor Amy Schaus looks on in this photo provided by CNCC Nursing Program Director Kelly Martin-Puleo. The director received word Monday that the program was accepted for accreditation through the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission.
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Kelly Martin-Puleo was teaching a class at Colorado Northwestern Community College’s Craig campus Monday when the envelope came. The piece of paper inside would reveal whether two years of work had paid off for the college’s nursing program, which was seeking a nod of approval from a national accrediting commission. Martin-Puleo, the program’s director, opened the envelope and found the answer she was looking for: the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission had granted the program initial accreditation. Receiving the distinction was a welcome conclusion to a two-year candidacy process that included a site visit in fall 2011.