Two of Southwestern College’s Allied Health programs are receiving state and local recognition for their academic rigor, professional designations and tuition value.
The college’s Licensed Vocational Nursing program has ranked 55 in California by Nursing Schools Almanac and the college’s Medical Assisting program has been named Advancing San Diego’s Preferred Provider partner by the San Diego Regional Economic Development Corp.
For the 2021 rankings on the college’s LVN program, the research team at Nursing Schools Almanac collected data on more than 3,000 nursing schools and campuses throughout the United States. More than 1,800 of the institutions surveyed were public, including community and technical colleges, four-year colleges and universities. Of those surveyed, Southwestern College ranked 55 on the list.
“For our nursing program to be in the top 100, and ranked alongside some well-known programs like Riverside City College or American Career College, speaks to the quality of the nursing programs at Southwestern College,” said Martha Martinez, program technician with Southwestern’s LVN program. “We hope to continue and maintain our focus on our students, high-quality faculty, and academic rigor. We look forward to continued success for all of our programs and students.”
The Nursing Schools Almanac’s purpose is to provide aspiring nurses with a detailed, comprehensive and analytical resource for selecting their future nursing schools. Each nursing program is assessed in three categories.
The first is the institution’s academic prestige and value, which accounts for half a program’s score. This part takes into account the graduates’ ability to repay their student debt, professional designations, grant funding for nursing research from the National Institutes of Health, and the number of years in operation. The program’s full range of academic offerings and student success, especially on the national licensing NCLEX exam account for the other half of a program’s score. Southwestern LVN graduates earned a 93 percent pass rate on this year’s NCLEX exam.
Medical Assisting Program
Southwestern College’s Medical Assisting program is also earning recognition, being one of five preferred partners of the San Diego Regional Economic Development Corp., allowing the college’s students an opportunity for paid internships.Southwestern College was named one of five preferred providers.
The one-time, grant-funded opportunity with the San Diego Regional EDC creates paid internships for 30 students and is open only to students from the preferred providers. Southwestern college currently has 8 students in the running for a potential internship that pays $20 an hour up to 240 hours with a $500 stipend.
“Being selected as a preferred provider is such a privilege and honor,” said Deanna Reinacher, director of the Medical Laboratory Technology and Medical Office Professions programs at Southwestern College. “This gives our program a spotlight in the community. Not only do we have a program for medical assisting, but we have a good program for medical assisting. Our program will produce good workers for the community, and our program is making a difference.”
San Diego Regional EDC looks to strengthen San Diego’s talent pool by strengthening relationships between local industry and educational systems with high-demand jobs and local employers.