Like a well-oiled machine, the South Texas College Associate Degree Nursing program made sure it dotted all of its “i’s” and crossed all of its “t’s” during a two-day visit by the Texas Board of Nursing at the end of August to the college’s Nursing and Allied Health Campus, and was recognized as exemplary by the organization.
“NAH promotes high standards of excellence for its students, faculty, and coursework, enabling STC to become one of the leading producers of healthcare professionals in the Rio Grande Valley,” said STC Interim Dean of Nursing and Allied Health Melba Treviño. “Getting recognized at the conclusion of a survey visit as demonstrating exemplary performance and recognized as one of the best ADN programs in Texas by the Texas Board of Nursing representative is just one example of how NAH programs meet these high expectations.”
Another one of the engineers that keep STC’s ADN program finely tuned and on track is ADN Program Chair Jayson Valerio, who along with the faculty and staff, is meticulous about running a tight ship and ensuring that the college’s nursing program abides by and exceeds all the requirements for being a first-class accredited program in the state.
“It’s all due to my faculty and staff, and the trust and confidence that Dean Treviño has given me,” said Valerio. “We didn’t have any deficiencies and we have shown exemplary performance in all the criteria set by the Texas Board of Nursing. The accreditation means that we have a high standard and quality nursing school that’s accredited by the state. A graduate from STC, with the seal of accreditation the college has from the Texas Board of Nursing, means they are coming from a nursing program that has a high quality and standard.”
“We prepare every single day, not just when we have an accreditation or audit,” added STC ADN Assistant Program Chair Christie Candelaria. “We constantly update.”
The Texas BON representative spoke to students, faculty and administrators during the August visit, and even took the time to observe nursing classes and the interaction between faculty and students.
“The hands-on experience students receive at STC prepares them for their clinicals and for the real world,” said STC ADN Instructor Roda Galang, who was an ICU nurse for 18 years. “We want them to be ready, and with the skills we give them here, they get the confidence and experience to apply what they learned in real life situations.”
For more information about STC’s ADN program, call (956) 872-3070 or visit http://nah.southtexascollege.edu/programs/adn.html.