York County Community College (YCCC) is proud to announce the initial accreditation of its Nursing program by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN). The ACEN accreditation is an acknowledgement of the College’s commitment to excellence in nursing education and confirms the program’s adherence to quality and effectiveness.

The accreditation process involved a thorough review of our program’s curriculum, faculty qualifications, resources, and facilities. Nursing Program Director, Lisa Gatti-Arnold said of the recognition, “The Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) is a leading accrediting organization for nursing programs in the United States. Achieving initial accreditation from ACEN is a significant accomplishment for the Nursing Program at York County Community College and signifies that YCCC has a high-quality program that prepares nursing graduates for entry-level practice as a Registered Nurse. ACEN accreditation demonstrates that the faculty are dedicated to high standards, continuous improvement, and most of all, student success.”

The plan to create an accredited Nursing program at YCCC started in 2020. Now, that the College has achieved this goal and graduated its first cohort of students, President Michael Fischer stated, “Receiving initial accreditation for our Nursing program is a testament to the unwavering dedication of our faculty, staff, students, and clinical partners. We extend our heartfelt thanks to the Maine legislature, Maine Health, and Northern Light Health for their generous support in addressing the pressing nursing shortage. Their investment in community colleges across the state has not only enabled our program expansion but also positioned us to better serve the healthcare needs of our community. This milestone reflects our collective commitment to advancing healthcare education in Maine.”

The mission of York County Community College is to develop an educated, skilled, and adaptable workforce that drives socioeconomic mobility for our students and creates economic and civic prosperity for our communities. The Nursing program exemplifies the college’s dedication to students and effective industry collaborations to ensure our communities thrive.

For more information about our accredited Nursing program, please visit www.yccc.edu

The Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) supports the interests of nursing education, nursing practice, and the public by providing specialized accreditations for all levels of nursing education and transition-to-practice programs. www.acenursing.org