Anne Arundel Community College snagged the top spot out of 536 schools in the Northeast region on a recent list of best associate degree nursing schools by a national nursing organization.
Nursingprocess.org ranked programs in Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and Vermont. Rankings were based on academic quality (acceptance, enrollment, graduation and retention rates), reputation, affordability and first time pass rates for the National Council Licensure Examination, which determines if it’s safe for a student to begin practice as an entry level nurse.
The data required for the evaluation was gathered from the National Center for Education Statistics, respective State Board of Nursing websites, and official school websites.
Beth Batturs Martin, assistant dean of Nursing and EMS, attributes student success to the faculty. “I think the amount of time they spend assisting students in their journey through nursing is amazing; they work tirelessly to make sure students have all the pieces they need to be successful,” she said. “The students also work hard; we’re proud of both of them.”
Nursingprocess.org, an online resource for future and current registered nurses and others in the health care industry, attributes the success to a number of facets of the program.
“The 70-credit curriculum integrates classroom learning with extensive clinical experiences at the college’s state-of-the-art simulation lab and in a variety of clinical sites in the region, including hospitals, pediatric, surgical, critical care units and emergency rooms,” according to the website. “This hands-on practice hones professional skills and makes for a smoother transition when you start work.”