NOC Earns Accreditation for Nursing Program

Ponca City Now - October 24, 2022 6:15 am

Northern Oklahoma College Division of Nursing received an area of commendation this week as the Accreditation Commission for Education (ACEN) granted continuing accreditation to the associate nursing program.

“There has been an extensive amount of work done by the faculty to make program improvements and help us to have a successful accreditation outcome,” said Dr. Nikole Hicks, NOC Nursing Division Chair.   “The support from (NOC President) Dr. Clark Harris and the Board of Regents has been critically important and will continue to be a crucial part of our success moving forward. I appreciate the opportunity to become part of NOC and lead this truly dedicated faculty. I am looking forward to more exceptional outcomes in the future.”

The area of commendation came in NOC’s innovative Academic Practice Partner program. Students selected to participate in this program during the last semester of the nursing program work one-on-one with a registered nurse preceptor in a paid clinical experience at a partner facility. Academic Practice Partnerships benefit students be ready for practice upon graduation and help the clinical facilities support their transition to the registered nurse workforce upon graduation. NOC is pleased to have strong partnerships with clinical facilities within our communities that make this program possible.

ACEN peer evaluator visited NOC this past spring to verify the nursing program’s compliance with accreditation standards as part of the evaluation process.

The next evaluation site visit is scheduled in Spring 2030.

NOC offers nursing at Tonkawa, Enid, and Stillwater.  The next class is for Fall 2023.  Interested students may apply to the NOC Nursing Program at .

Northern Oklahoma College, the state’s first public two-year community college, is a multi-campus, land-grant institution that provides high quality, accessible, and affordable educational opportunities and services.

NOC serves nearly 4,000 students through the home campus in Tonkawa, branch in Enid, and NOC/OSU Gateway Program in Stillwater.  Of these students about 80% receive financial aid and/or scholarships. 75% of NOC students complete their degree with zero debt.

The college is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and offers associate degrees in three general areas: Arts, Science and Applied Science; the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs; and the Accreditation Commission for Education and Nursing.

For more information about Northern Oklahoma College please call (580) 628-6208 or visit the NOC website at


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