College nursing program approved by state board
The Compton College Nursing Program was recently approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing as accredited, separate and independent of El Camino College. Courtesy Compton College Compton College nursing program restored as separate, independent, accredited
The Compton College Nursing Program was recently approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing as accredited, separate and independent of El Camino College. Courtesy Compton College
Compton College nursing program restored as separate, independent, accredited
COMPTON – The Compton College Nursing Program was recently approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing (BRN). Previously operating under the El Camino College Nursing Program, the Compton College program will continue to serve students at the Compton campus, now as a separate, independent and accredited program.
In addition, the Compton Community College District Board of Trustees approved the hiring of Janet Baghoomian as the new associate dean of nursing, who started April 22.
For more than 63 years, Compton College has offered a rigorous curriculum within comprehensive degree and certificate programs designed to prepare registered nurses to meet the health care needs of the community. For the past 13 years, the program was part of the El Camino College Nursing Department, a result of a 2006 partnership agreement to provide educational and related support services to Compton Community College District residents, while working toward a fully independent college.
“This is an exciting milestone for the Compton College Nursing Program,” said El Camino College President Dena P. Maloney. “Compton College has a long-standing tradition of educating nurses who in turn serve the health care needs of their community. We’re so proud of this program and the students who dedicate their careers to making a difference in the lives of others.”
Compton College student nurses are supported by counseling, opportunities to further their education, and referrals to jobs in the community. Upon completion of the program, graduates earn an associate degree and are ready to take the National Council Licensure Examination – Registered Nursing (NCLEX-RN). After passing the exam, graduates are eligible to seek employment as a registered nurse and work in health care fields such as intensive care, pediatrics, obstetrics, geriatrics, rehabilitation, oncology, cardiology, and occupational health. Compton College partners with area hospitals and medical centers for clinical rotations and mentoring.
“There is a growing need to replenish the supply of qualified health care providers required in the workforce,” said Compton College President Dr. Keith Curry. “Compton College has strong nursing and biomedical science programs and a new state-of-the-art Allied Health Building complete with a simulation lab. We hope to inspire and educate a new generation of leaders in nursing and other medical professions.”
The Compton College Nursing Program currently has a 94.73 percent pass rate for the first three quarters on the national licensing examination in 2018-2019, which is the highest score since 2006. The majority of program graduates go on to obtain their bachelor’s and master’s degrees in nursing, in addition to obtaining a job as a registered nurse in the area.
Wanda Morris, director of nursing at El Camino College and Compton College, said students are dedicated to achieving their goals, with help from supportive faculty.
“A sincere thank you to the Compton College faculty who dispense knowledge to our students with compassion, caring and dedication,” said Morris, a Compton College alumna who went on to earn a bachelor’s degree in nursing from California State University, Dominguez Hills, a master’s degree in nursing from UCLA, and a doctorate in educational leadership from Argosy University.
“As educators, we have the opportunity to heal the heart, mind, soul and body of the patients placed in the care of our students by empowering them with knowledge,” Morris said.
Compton College student nurses learn in a new state-of-the-art facility featuring a simulation lab with high-fidelity mannequins that mimic the human body. This lab is in the Allied Health Building that opened in 2016 and provides a classroom/laboratory setting for nursing students to learn the skills necessary to be effective in an actual hospital environment.
Scholarships are also an important part of the program. Federal funding gives Compton College students the opportunity to apply for grants up to $15,000 (based upon unmet need) per year, which enables them to reduce their work schedules, or even quit working to focus on coursework.