Published: Aug 07, 2012 12:00 PM EDT
Updated: Aug 07, 2012 3:10 PM EDT

LEE COUNTY, Fla. - Edison State College now has official national accreditation for its nursing program.

The National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission, Inc. confirmed the decision in a letter to the college Monday. Edison's Bachelor of Science (RN to BSN) nursing program will keep the recognition for five years before it will undergo its next evaluation.

"We are very pleased NLNAC concluded that our nursing program meets the high academic standards and level of rigor needed to earn this accreditation," said Dr. Jeff Allbritten, District President, in a statement.

The decision comes more than a year after some students said they were misled by previous school leaders, into believing that the program was already accredited.

"Everyone in the School of Nursing, everyone throughout the college has worked hard to affirm the excellence of our program," said Mary Myers, Dean of Professional and Technical Studies at ESC.

"It's just a relief for all of us, we're just so happy that we've achieved, and we'll work very hard to maintain the accreditation," said Denise McNulty, interim director of the School of Nursing.

The accrediting committee surveyed current students, as well as graduates and their employers, before deciding whether to give its approval.