Sirach said a recent revision to the Nurse Practice Act, which determines academic criteria for nursing degree programs, will mandate that two-year programs receive approval by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing. The accreditation process has a cost and SIC -- like all state-funded colleges in Illinois -- has received few funds from the state for nearly the past two years. Sirach, Rice and Murphy said perhaps people have assumed that the cost of accreditation would be too much of a financial burden for SIC to bear. "The bottom line is, if we have to seek accreditation for the nursing program, then we'll get accredited," Rice said. The notion, though, galls him, he said. "There is no correlation between accreditation of a nursing degree program and a success rate," Rice said. "Our program is ranked best in the state. How does accreditation improve upon that? It doesn't." Organizations PracticalNursing.org and RegisteredNursing.org ranked SIC's Associate Degree Nursing and Practical Nursing programs No.
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