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College nursing program earns high marks

Thursday, April 29, 2021

Clatsop Community College’s nursing program received an eight-year re-approval by the Oregon State Board of Nursing.

The approval was for the maximum term and was the culmination of a yearlong process of self-study as well as a three-day site visit from the board’s representative, Dr. Sarah Wickenhagen.

Wickenhagen found no deficiencies in Clatsop’s nursing program and her recommendations will guide the college in providing increased support to the program and its students.

The surveyor lauded the college’s support staff, administration and Board of Education for their support.

“We are very honored and excited to receive approval for the maximum amount of time from the OSBN,” said Doris Jepson, CCC’s Nursing and Allied Health Department director. “It validates the work (we do) in our region to provide a top-notch nursing program. It also confirms our community partners’ high regard and continued support of this vital training program.”

Both Columbia Memorial Hospital and Providence Seaside Hospital contribute to the program.

CCC’s nursing program was established in 1985 and trains essential health care workers for the region. Since 2015, the program has been a partner school with the Oregon Consortium for Nursing Education.

Clatsop graduates who obtain their license are eligible to continue their nursing education and complete a bachelor’s degree in nursing at Oregon Health & Science University, Linfield University, and other institutions.

They may work as registered nurses while completing their bachelor’s degree online.

More information on the nursing program is online at this link:

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