For Jalelah Abdul-Raheem, P.h.D, RN, there was a certain comfort level that she fell in love with at Redlands Community College in El Reno.
Having worked there once before, she knew what she would be coming back to when she accepted the position of Interim Department Head of Nursing and Allied Health.
“Redlands is very community and family oriented,” she said. “Everybody looks out for everybody. It’s a real strong network and very supportive.”
Maybe that’s why Redlands graduates are some of the most sought-after in Oklahoma.
Or maybe it’s just one of the reasons.
With a small ratio of students per instructor, a simulation lab, great employment opportunities after graduation and a live NCLEX review, Redlands has one of the best nursing programs in the area.
Community support is huge in Canadian County for the school and vice versa.
The Canadian County Health Department has requested Redlands students work with their OB nurse practitioner. Students have adopted a mission in El Reno treating recently released inmates and recovering drug and alcohol addicts.
Students serve in the twice-monthly, bilingual health clinic.
Redlands admits students one time each year to the traditional day program.
LPN to RN admission occurs for a handful of individuals in the spring.
The program threads theory and simulation together to help build understanding of the specific content being taught. Simulations enhance student understanding, build confidence prior to clinical as to what to do, say, and provide appropriate interventions for patients.
Redlands Nursing Program graduated its first class in 1981. The program is a two-year nursing program with new classes beginning in the fall of every year.
Students graduate with an Associate in Applied Science Degree and upon graduation, are eligible to take the NCLEX exam to become a Registered Nurse. Redlands also offers options for LPNs attending the nursing program. LPNs who meet admission criteria are given credit for Fundamentals of Nursing.
Walking into a facility with her Redlands name badge on is always a treat for Abdul-Raheem.
“We have a very positive perception,” Abdul-Raheem said. “(Employers) know we are community based. They have a lot of good things to say about our students and because we like to partner with others our name really gets out there.”
A small faculty to student ratio allows Redlands instructors to team teach.
“Students are able to get more one-on-one instruction and they’re able to get more of a mentorship from faculty that they hang on to,” she said.
Redlands is located at 1300 South Country Club Road in EI Reno, Oklahoma.
For more information visit: or call 405.262.2552