Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College is again ranked a national leader in producing Native American associate degree nurses.

MIAMI – The publication “Diverse: Issues in Higher Education” once again named Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College (NEO) a national leader in producing Native American associate degree nurses. Ranking #2 in the annual list, NEO programs also ranked top ten for producing Native American graduates in the categories of health professions, education, psychology, and all combined disciplines. NEO Nursing has ranked in the top five nationally in six of the last seven years.

“The ongoing critical need for Registered Nurses and Allied Health Professions such as Medical Laboratory Technologists and Physical Therapy Assistants has been recognized by the state of Oklahoma as part of the Top 100 critical jobs that support our state’s economy,” said Debbie Morgan, Nursing Department Chair. “At NEO, we strive to provide expert advisement and support to help our students meet their educational goals and in planning to attain future degrees.”

Part of the success in Native American student advisement comes from the cooperation between the American Indian Center for Excellence (AICE) and the Nursing Department. While the nursing faculty prepare students to fill vacancies in one of the fastest growing professions in Oklahoma, AICE staff provide educational support to Native American Students. Along with study space, technology, and printing, AICE provides culturally aligned guest speakers, activities, and assistance with tribal scholarships, among many other services.

“AICE is dedicated to empowering our students to complete their education goals. Our Nursing Students use our facilities as if it was their second home,” said Hannah Berryman, AICE Coordinator. “They use our Mac Computer Lab and study areas and take part in our monthly meetings where we invite professionals to encourage our students to succeed.”

The NEO Nursing Program accepts a maximum of 64 students each fall in the traditional program option, and a maximum of 20 students in the Fast Track LPN/Paramedic option with an average of 70 nursing graduates each year. For more information on NEO Nursing, contact Amy Haile at Amy.Haile10@neo.edu, or for more information on AICE, contact Rachel Lloyd at RLloyd@neo.edu.