5983 Macon Cove
Memphis, TN 38134-7693
Union Avenue Campus
737 Union Avenue
Memphis, TN 38103-3322
901/333-STCC * www.southwest.tn.edu
DATE: April 19, 2002
CONTACT: Calvin Burns, (901) 333-5338 or Marilyn Duncan, (901) 333-4247
Southwest's Nursing Program Gets An A+ in Accreditation Review
The Nursing Program at Southwest Tennessee Community College received high
marks in earning continuing accreditation from the National League for
Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC). Southwest's Nursing Department was
awarded an eight-year accreditation, which is the maximum duration that
may be awarded by the NLNAC.
Based in New York, the NLNAC is the accrediting arm of the National League
for Nursing. It is the leading accrediting body for all types of nursing
education programs in the nation.
Members of the NLNAC made a site visit to Southwest October 16-18, 2001,
at which time they reviewed every aspect of Southwest's Nursing
Department, including program-policy development, curriculum development,
recruitment of qualified faculty and staff, and the purchase of
When advised of the continuing accreditation of the Nursing Program on
April 4, Southwest President Dr. Nathan Essex said "We are delighted to
see the Nursing Program receive affirmation of its accreditation by the
National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission. Continuing
accreditation through 2009, certainly represents a significant
Dr. Essex gave a special commendation to the following administrators: Dr.
Andrea Miller, Provost; Dr. Shiphrah Williams-Evans, Chair and Professor,
Department of Nursing; and Glen Swinny, Dean of Allied Health and Health
Southwest's Department of Nursing was established in 1979, and is located
on what is now the Union Avenue Campus of the College, and is designed to
prepare graduates for immediate licensure and employment. Over the past
two years, Southwest's nursing graduates have maintained a 92 percent pass
rate on the National Council Licensure Exam for Nurses.
Last year, Southwest's nursing graduates did extremely well on the
National Council Licensure Exam for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN). The
Southwest graduates had a 100 percent pass rate on the NCLEX-RN during the
first reporting period, and a 96 percent pass rate during the second
Since 1979, the Department of Nursing has developed formal partnerships
with the nursing programs at the University of Memphis, Baptist College of
Health Sciences, Union University, and the College of Nursing at the
University of Tennessee Health Science Center. The program has prepared
more than 2,000 well-trained nurses and other health care professionals
for the Mid-South health care system.
For additional information about the Department of Nursing at Southwest,
call the College at (901) 333-5425.
Community College is a Tennessee Board of Regents institution.