Several Edgecombe Community College health care programs recently received a thumbs-up from accrediting organizations, signifying continued commitment to quality instruction.

Health care programs have long been a hallmark of the college. Nursing was among the first allied health programs established at ECC, and for years it has been viewed as a top nursing program in the region in part because of graduates’ high passing rates on licensure exams.

Another feather in the cap of healthcare training at ECC is the Lamm Building, a state-of-the-art facility on the Rocky Mount campus that maximizes the use of current simulation technology and mimics a hospital setting.

In April, the college’s Associate Degree Nursing and Practical Nursing programs received continuing accreditation by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN).

ACEN accreditation is a voluntary peer-review process. ECC’s nursing programs first received ACEN accreditation in 2015. Though ACEN accreditation is not required for nursing education programs, it reflects an institution’s tireless efforts to provide exceptional instruction and training.

The newest health care program at ECC is Ophthalmic Medical Personnel, which began in fall 2018. Ophthalmic Medical Personnel prepares students to perform ophthalmic procedures under the supervision of a licensed physician specializing in ophthalmology.

In April, the Ophthalmic Medical Personnel program received initial accreditation from its international accrediting body, the International Council of Accreditation Board of Directors.

The four-semester program was developed with input from local clinicians who recognized the need for trained individuals in the industry. All of the classes are offered in the evening, making it the first evening program in health sciences at ECC.

Both of these recent endorsements underscore the high quality of ECC’s health care programs, programs that are even more critical to our communities in light of the current COVID-19 pandemic.

Have you considered a career in health care? In addition to Nursing and Ophthalmic Medical Personnel, ECC offers programs in Nurse Aide, Respiratory Therapy, Medical Assisting, Health Information Technology, Medical Office Administration, Radiography, Surgical Technology, Community Health Worker, Medication Aide and Phlebotomy.

Registration is underway for summer semester classes, all of which will be offered online. Summer classes begin May 20.

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