WWCC Loses National Nursing Accreditation

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WWCC Loses National Nursing Accreditation

Western Wyoming Community College has lost its national nursing accreditation, which could affect the careers of almost a dozen students who graduated in May. College president Karla Leach says the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission told the Rock Springs school it lost accreditation because not all the faculty had a master's degree. She says the group had previously not enforced the provision, and adds that all of the nursing teachers will have their master's by next year. The paper reports graduation from an unaccredited school can limit career and educational opportunities, and the class of 2012's nursing students won't be able to work at Veterans Administration hospitals. Leach, who says the loss of accreditation came as a surprise, notes other hospitals may also deny employment, depending on hiring policies.