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Dakota College Nursing Program Receives Accreditation


Bottineau, ND - Dakota College at Bottineau received formal notice that the Associate Degree Program in Nursing delivered via distance education at Dakota College at Bottineau is accredited by the National League for Nursing Commission for Nursing Education Accreditation (NLN CNEA) located at 2600 Virginia Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20037. 202-909-2487.

The Associate Degree in Nursing Program was found to be compliant with all standards. The program’s initial accreditation status is effective for a maximum term of six years, beginning March 31, 2022. The Board of Commissioners’ decision was based on a review of the program’s self-study report, on-site program evaluation team report, the NLN CNEA Program Review Committee’s report, and the determination that the program is in compliance with the Standards of Accreditation.

Accreditation is a rigorous and lengthy process by which the program is evaluated to ensure nursing students receive an exceptional and quality education. A self-study report of the Dakota College Associate Degree Nursing Program was submitted to the CNEA in February 2022. The site visitors reviewed the self-study report and interviewed the college’s administration, nursing faculty members, nursing students, college staff, alumni, clinical agencies, and community members involved with the nursing program. The interviews provided answers for CNEA to determine whether Dakota College meets the standards required for accreditation. “This is such an incredible success for the Dakota College nursing program and showcases our devotion to quality nursing education,” said Paige Baade, MSN, RN, director of nursing at DCB.

The Dakota College nursing program is offered through the Dakota Nursing Program consortium with four other ND community colleges. The first Dakota College nursing program started in the fall of 2005 which continues to prepare students for nursing careers as a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) or Registered (RN) within three semesters or less. All program locations at Bottineau, Minot, Valley City, and Jamestown start in the fall each year with admission applications due March 4th of the enrollment year.