Roane State Community College's nursing program recently received continuing accreditation from the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission.

The NLNAC board of commissioners re-accredited Roane State's program in July. The program was first accredited in 1985 and will be evaluated again by the NLNAC in 2015.

The NLNAC, based in New York, is a nationally recognized accrediting agency for nursing programs.

Efforts to achieve continuing accreditation included completion of a 200-page self-study of all aspects of Roane State's nursing program.

Evaluators for the commission — faculty members and administrators from out-of-state nursing programs — visited Roane State for two-and-a-half days. They met with students, checked records, attended a class, visited clinical facilities and met with college administrators.

"I appreciate the hard work of the nursing faculty and the support of area clinical facilities in this important effort," said Priscilla Spitzer, Roane State dean of nursing. "The evaluators were very complimentary of the faculty's dedication to student success and of our administration's support for the nursing program."

The Roane State associate of applied science degree program in nursing involves two years of intensive study in patient-centered nursing care. Graduates are eligible to apply to take the state examination to become registered nurses (RNs).

The program includes general education courses as well as classroom instruction and clinical aspects of nursing.

Interested students may take required general education classes prior to beginning nursing courses. For more information, call (865) 882-4526 or go to the Roane State Web site at www.roanestate.edu.

There is a special admissions process for nursing. Students who have not applied for admission to Roane State are encouraged to contact the admissions office at (865) 882-4523. Classes begin on Aug. 27.