Notification of Commission Action
Spring 2017 Accreditation Cycle

The following publicly available information is provided by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) concerning the accreditation status of the following programs reviewed by the ACEN Board of Commissioners during its meeting on July 20–21, 2017. Commission staff will not speculate on what decision might be made by the ACEN Board of Commissioners the next time a program is reviewed. For additional information regarding ACEN accreditation process, access the Accreditation Manual at http://www.acenursing.org/accreditation-manual 

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Initial and Continuing Accreditation Actions


Initial Accreditation

The Commission granted initial accreditation to the following programs:

  • Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College (Baccalaureate) Tifton, GA
  • Ana G. Mendez University System at Universidad del Este (Associate) Carolina, PR
  • Ana G. Mendez University System at Universidad del Este (Baccalaureate) Carolina, PR
  • Bellingham Technical College (Associate) Bellingham, WA
  • Eastern Florida State College (Associate) Melbourne, FL
  • Johnston Community College (Associate) Smithfield, NC
  • Kentucky State University (Clinical Doctorate) Frankfort, KY
  • Lakes Region Community College (Associate) Laconia, NH
  • Lord Fairfax Community College (Associate) Middletown, VA
  • Middle Georgia State University (Master’s) Macon, GA
  • Monroe College (Practical) Bronx, NY
  • Northeast Wisconsin Technical College (Practical) Green Bay, WI
  • Northern New Mexico College (Associate) Española, NM
  • Northwest Arkansas Community College (Associate) Bentonville, AR
  • Paul D. Camp Community College (Associate) Franklin, VA
  • Rasmussen College – Moorhead (Associate) Moorhead, MN
  • Rasmussen College – Moorhead (Practical) Moorhead, MN
  • Rasmussen College – Overland Park (Associate) Overland Park, KS
  • South Louisiana Community College (Associate) Lafayette, LA
  • SUNY College of Technology at Canton (Practical) Canton, NY
  • Tooele Applied Technology College (Practical) Tooele, UT
  • University of Houston – Clear Lake (Baccalaureate) Pearland, TX
  • University of Jordan (Baccalaureate) Amman, Jordan
  • University of New Mexico – Valencia (Associate) Los Lunas, NM
  • William Rainey Harper College (Practical) Palatine, IL

 

Continuing Accreditation

The Commission granted continuing accreditation to the following programs:

  • Bevill State Community College (Practical) Jasper, AL
  • Bevill State Community College (Associate) Jasper, AL
  • Blue Ridge Community College (Associate) Weyers Cave, VA
  • Cape Cod Community College (Associate) West Barnstable, MA
  • Cayuga Community College (Associate) Auburn, NY
  • Chesapeake College (Associate) Wye Mills, MD
  • Clovis Community College (Associate) Clovis, NM
  • Coastal Carolina University (Baccalaureate) Conway, SC
  • College of the Albemarle (Associate) Elizabeth City, NC
  • Community College of Baltimore County (Associate) Baltimore, MD
  • Delaware County Community College (Associate) Media, PA
  • Delaware Technical Community College – Stanton Campus (Associate) Newark, DE
  • Delgado Community College (Associate) New Orleans, LA
  • Denver College of Nursing (Baccalaureate) Denver, CO
  • Denver College of Nursing (Associate) Denver, CO
  • Florida Gateway College (Associate) Lake City, FL
  • Florida Southwestern State College (Associate) Fort Myers, FL
  • Florida Southwestern State College (Baccalaureate) Fort Myers, FL
  • Gardner-Webb University (Clinical Doctorate) Boiling Springs, NC
  • Gordon State College (Associate) Barnesville, GA
  • Hibbing Community College (Associate) Hibbing, MN
  • Hutchinson Community College (Associate) Hutchinson, KS
  • Hutchinson Community College (Practical) Hutchinson, KS
  • Indiana University East (Baccalaureate) Richmond, IN
  • Jamestown Community College (Associate) Jamestown, NY
  • Joliet Junior College (Associate) Joliet, IL
  • Morton College (Associate) Cicero, IL
  • New York City College of Technology (Associate) Brooklyn, NY
  • Oklahoma City University (Master’s) Oklahoma City, OK
  • Oklahoma City University (Baccalaureate) Oklahoma City, OK
  • Oklahoma City University (Clinical Doctorate) Oklahoma City, OK
  • Pacific Union College (Baccalaureate) Angwin, CA
  • Palm Beach State College (Associate) Lake Worth, FL
  • Pasco-Hernando State College (Associate) New Port Richey, FL
  • Rowan College at Gloucester County (Associate) Sewell, NJ
  • Rowan-Cabarrus Community College (Associate) Kannapolis, NC
  • Rowan-Cabarrus Community College (Practical) Kannapolis, NC
  • St. Clair County Community College (Associate) Port Huron, MI
  • Temple College (Associate) Temple, TX
  • Trinity Valley Community College (Associate) Kaufman, TX
  • University of Alaska Anchorage (Associate) Anchorage, AK
  • University of Alaska Anchorage (Master’s) Anchorage, AK
  • University of Alaska Anchorage (Baccalaureate) Anchorage, AK
  • University of Hawai’i – Kaua’i Community College (Associate) Lihu’e, HI
  • University of New Mexico – Taos (Associate) Ranchos de Taos, NM
  • Walla Walla Community College (Associate) Walla Walla, WA
  • York Technical College/University of South Carolina Lancaster (Practical) Rock Hill, SC

Continuing Accreditation – Remove Conditions Status

The Commission accepted the follow-up report, removed the conditions status, and granted continuing accreditation to the following programs:

  • Albuquerque Public Schools (Practical) Albuquerque, NM
  • Carrington College – Boise (Practical) Boise, ID
  • Central New Mexico Community College (Associate) Albuquerque, NM
  • College of Southern Nevada (Practical) Las Vegas, NV
  • Collin County Community College District (Associate) McKinney, TX
  • Corning Community College (Associate) Corning, NY
  • Durham Technical Community College (Associate) Durham, NC
  • Franklin Pierce University (Baccalaureate) Portsmouth, NH
  • Holy Name Medical Center (Diploma) Teaneck, NJ
  • Kilgore College (Associate) Kilgore, TX
  • Lehigh Carbon Community College (Practical) Schnecksville, PA
  • Lower Columbia College (Associate) Longview, WA
  • Madisonville Community College (Associate) Madisonville, KY
  • Manhattan Area Technical College (Associate) Manhattan, KS
  • Mid-Plains Community College (Associate) North Platte, NE
  • National Park College (Associate) Hot Springs, AR
  • North Idaho College (Associate) Coeur d’Alene, ID
  • Northampton Community College (Practical) Bethlehem, PA
  • Northland Pioneer College (Associate) Holbrook, AZ
  • Norwalk Community College (Associate) Norwalk, CT
  • Piedmont Virginia Community College (Associate) Charlottesville, VA
  • Santa Monica College (Associate) Santa Monica, CA
  • Sharon Regional Health System (Diploma) Sharon, PA
  • Skagit Valley College (Associate) Mount Vernon, WA
  • Success Healthcare/St. Alexius Hospital, Inc. (Diploma) St. Louis, MO
  • Tennessee State University (Master’s) Nashville, TN
  • Thomas Nelson Community College (Associate) Hampton, VA
  • Tri County Technology Center (Practical) Bartlesville, OK
  • Uintah Basin Applied Technology College (Practical) Roosevelt, UT
  • University of Arkansas at Little Rock (Associate) Little Rock, AR
  • Virginia Appalachian Tricollege Nursing Program (Associate) Abingdon, VA
  • Wayland Baptist University (Baccalaureate) Live Oak, TX
  • Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College (Associate) Superior, WI

The Commission removed the conditions status and granted continuing accreditation after a follow-up visit to the following programs:

  • None

Continuing Accreditation – Remove Warning Status

The Commission removed the warning status and granted continuing accreditation after a follow-up visit to the following programs:

  • Delaware State University (Baccalaureate) Dover, DE
  • Jefferson Community & Technical College (Associate) Louisville, KY
  • Piedmont College (Baccalaureate) Demorest, GA
  • Thomas More College (Baccalaureate) Crestview Hills, KY

Continuing Accreditation – Remove Warning for Good Cause Status

The Commission removed the warning for good cause status and granted continuing accreditation after a follow-up visit to the following programs:

  • Central Ohio Technical College (Associate) Newark, OH
  • Colby Community College (Associate) Colby, KS
  • Harcum College (Associate) Bryn Mawr, PA
  • Mohawk Valley Community College (Associate) Utica, NY
  • San Bernardino Valley College (Associate) San Bernardino, CA
  • Yavapai College (Associate) Prescott, AZ

Affirm Continuing Accreditation

The Commission affirmed continuing accreditation after a focused visit to the following programs:

  • Blinn College (Associate) Bryan, TX
  • Central Alabama Community College (Associate) Childersburg, AL
  • College of Central Florida (Associate) Ocala, FL
  • Columbus State Community College(Associate) Columbus, OH
  • Indian River State College (Associate) Fort Pierce, FL
  • LaGrange College (Baccalaureate) LaGrange, GA
  • Lorain County Community College (Associate) Elyria, OH
  • Mid-Plains Community College (Associate) North Platte, NE
  • North Carolina Agricultural &Technical State University (Baccalaureate) Greensboro, NC
  • Pacific College of Oriental Medicine (Baccalaureate) New York, NY
  • Parkland College (Associate) Champagne, IL
  • Purdue University Northwest (Baccalaureate) Hammond, IN
  • Purdue University Northwest (Master’s) Hammond, IN
  • Shelton State Community College (Practical) Tuscaloosa, AL
  • Shelton State Community College (Associate) Tuscaloosa, AL
  • Snead State Community College (Associate) Boaz, AL
  • South College (Baccalaureate) Knoxville, TN
  • St. Catherine University (Clinical Doctorate) St. Paul, MN

Continuing Accreditation with Conditions

The Commission granted continuing accreditation with conditions to the following programs:

  • Bay State College (Associate) Boston, MA related to non-compliance with:
    • Standard 6 Outcomes, Criterion 6.1
      • There is a lack of evidence that assessment data are consistently analyzed.
      • There is a lack of evidence that the analysis of assessment data is used in program decision-making for the maintenance and improvement of students’ attainment of each end-of-program student learning outcome.
  • Carrington College – Phoenix (Associate) Phoenix, AZ related to non-compliance with:
    • Standard 6 Outcomes, Criterion 6.1
      • There is a lack of evidence that the program demonstrates evidence of students’ achievement of each end-of-program student learning outcome.
      • There is a lack of evidence that there is ongoing assessment of the extent to which students attain each end-of-program student learning outcome.
      • There is a lack of evidence that assessment data are consistently analyzed.
      • There is a lack of evidence that the analysis of assessment data is used in program decision-making for the maintenance and improvement of students’ attainment of each end-of-program student learning outcome.
  • Charleston Southern University (Master’s/Post-Master’s Certificate) Charleston, SC related to non-compliance with:
    • Standard 6 Outcomes, Criterion 6.1
      • There is a lack of evidence that the program demonstrates evidence of students’ achievement of each end-of-program student learning outcomes/role-specific professional competency.
      • There is a lack of evidence that there is ongoing assessment of the extent to which students attain each end-of-program student learning outcome/role-specific professional competency.
      • There is a lack of evidence that assessment data are consistently analyzed.
      • There is a lack of evidence that the analysis of assessment data is used in program decision-making for the maintenance and improvement of students’ attainment of each end-of-program student learning outcome/role-specific professional competency.
  • City Colleges of Chicago at Malcolm X (Associate) Chicago, IL related to non-compliance with:
    • Standard 6 Outcomes, Criterion 6.1
      • There is a lack of evidence that the program demonstrates evidence of students’ achievement of each end-of-program student learning outcomes.
      • There is a lack of evidence that there is ongoing assessment of the extent to which students attain each end-of-program student learning outcomes.
      • There is a lack of evidence that the analysis of assessment data is used in program decision-making for the maintenance and improvement of students’ attainment of each end-of-program student learning outcome.
  • College of the Mainland (Associate) Texas City, TX related to non-compliance with:
    • Standard 6 Outcomes, Criterion 6.1
      • There is a lack of evidence that there is ongoing assessment of the extent to which students attain each end-of-program student learning outcome.
      • There is a lack of evidence that all expected levels of achievement are stated in specific and measurable terms.
      • There is a lack of evidence of a specific timeframe for the evaluation of each component of the evaluation plan.
  • Dixie State University (Associate) St. George, UT related to non-compliance with:
    • Standard 6 Outcomes, Criterion 6.1
      • There is a lack of evidence that there is ongoing assessment of the extent to which students attain each end-of-program student learning outcome.
      • There is a lack of evidence that all expected levels of achievement are stated in specific and measurable terms.
      • There is a lack of evidence that the evaluation plan contains a minimum of three (3) years of data for each component within the plan.
      • There is a lack of evidence that the analysis of assessment data is used in program decision-making for the maintenance and improvement of students’ attainment of each end-of-program student learning outcome.
      • There is a lack of evidence that strategies/actions are identified when the expected levels of achievement are not met.
  • Galveston College (Associate) Gavelston, TX related to non-compliance with:
    • Standard 6 Outcomes, Criteria 6.1, 6.2, and 6.3
      • There is a lack of evidence that there is ongoing assessment of the extent to which students attain each end-of-program student learning outcome.
      • There is a lack of evidence that all expected levels of achievement are stated in specific and measurable terms.
      • There is a lack of evidence that the assessment methods are congruent with the expected levels of achievement and result in meaningful data.
      • There is lack of evidence that the evaluation plan contains a minimum of three (3) years of data for each component within the plan.
      • There is a lack of evidence that the analysis of assessment data is used in program decision-making for the maintenance and improvement of students’ attainment of each end-of-program student learning outcome.
      • There is a lack of evidence of the collection and trending of data by program option and date of completion prior to aggregation for the program as a whole.
      • There is lack of evidence that strategies/actions are identified when the expected levels of achievement are not met.
      • There is a lack of evidence that the program demonstrates evidence of graduates’ achievement on the licensure examination.
      • There is a lack of evidence that there is ongoing assessment of the extent to which graduates succeed on the licensure examination.
      • There is a lack of evidence of rationale…program completion.
      • There is a lack of evidence that there is ongoing assessment of the extent to which students complete the nursing program.
  • Holyoke Community College (Associate) Holyoke, MA related to non-compliance with:
    • Standard 6 Outcomes, Criteria 6.1 and 6.2
      • There is a lack of evidence that the program demonstrates evidence of students’ achievement of each end-of-program student learning outcome.
      • There is a lack of evidence that there is ongoing assessment of the extent to which students attain each end-of-program student learning outcome.
      • There is a lack of evidence that the analysis of assessment data is used in program decision-making for the maintenance and improvement of students’ attainment of each end-of-program student learning outcome.
      • There is a lack of evidence that the program demonstrates graduates’ achievement on the licensure examination.
      • There is a lack of evidence that licensure examination pass rate data are disaggregated by program option.
  • Kettering College (Baccalaureate) Kettering, OH related to non-compliance with:
    • Standard 4 Curriculum, Criterion 4.9
      • There is a lack of evidence that student clinical experiences and practice learning environments for the RN-to-BSN completion program option are evidence-based, reflect contemporary practice, and support the achievement of the end-of-program student learning outcomes.
  • Montefiore New Rochelle Hospital (Associate) Mount Vernon, NY related to non-compliance with:
    • Standard 4 Curriculum, Criteria 4.1 and 4.2
      • There is a lack of evidence that the curriculum incorporates established professional standards, guidelines, and competencies and has clearly articulated role-specific professional competencies.
      • There is a lack of evidence that terminology related to end-of-program student learning outcomes is consistent.
      • There is a lack of evidence that the end-of-program student learning outcomes are used to organize the curriculum, guide the delivery of instruction, and direct learning activities.
  • Navarro College (Associate) Corsicana, TX related to non-compliance with:
    • Standard 6 Outcomes, Criterion 6.1
      • There is a lack of evidence that there is ongoing assessment of the extent to which students attain each end-of-program student learning outcome.
  • Panola College (Associate) Carthage, TX related to non-compliance with:
    • Standard 6 Outcomes, Criteria 6.1 and 6.3
      • There is a lack of evidence that all expected levels of achievement are stated in specific and measurable terms.
      • There is a lack of evidence that the program demonstrates evidence of students’ achievement of each end-of-program student learning outcome.
      • There is a lack of evidence that the analysis of assessment data is used in program decision-making for maintenance and improvement of students’ attainment of each end-of-program student learning outcome.
      • There is a lack of evidence that the program demonstrates evidence of students’ achievement in completing the nursing program.
      • There is a lack of evidence that there is ongoing assessment of the extent to which students complete the nursing program.
      • There is a lack of evidence of a minimum of the three (3) most recent years of annual program completion data.
      • There is a lack of evidence that the program completion data are disaggregated by program option.
  • Reading Area Community College (Associate) Reading, PA related to non-compliance with:
    • Standard 6 Outcomes, Criteria 6.1
      • There is a lack of evidence that there is ongoing assessment of the extent to which students attain each end-of-program student learning outcome.
      • There is a lack of evidence that all expected levels of achievement are stated in specific and measurable terms.
      • There is a lack of evidence of a specific timeframe for the evaluation of each component of the evaluation plan.
  • Santa Barbara City College (Associate) Santa Barbara, CA related to non-compliance with:
    • Standard 6 Outcomes, Criterion 6.1
      • There is a lack of evidence that the program demonstrates evidence of students’ achievement of each end-of-program student learning outcome.
      • There is a lack of evidence that there is ongoing assessment of the extent to which students attain each end-of-program student learning outcome.
      • There is a lack of evidence that the analysis of assessment data is used in program decision-making for the maintenance and improvement of students’ attainment of each end-of-program student learning outcome.
  • Snow College (Practical) Richfield, UT related to non-compliance with:
    • Standard 2 Faculty and Staff, Criterion 2.4
      • There is a lack of evidence that preceptors are academically qualified, oriented, mentored, and monitored and have clearly documented roles and responsibilities.
    • Standard 4 Curriculum, Criterion 4.8
      • There is a lack of evidence that the total number of credit hours required to complete the defined nursing program of study is consistent with the policies of the governing organization and the state.

 

Continuing Accreditation with Warning

The Commission granted continuing accreditation with warning to the following programs:

  • None

 

Continuing Accreditation with Warning for Good Cause

The Commission granted continuing accreditation with warning for good cause to the following programs:

  • Athens Technical College (Associate) Athens, GA related to non-compliance with:
    • Standard 6 Outcomes, Criterion 6.1
      • There is a lack of evidence that there is ongoing assessment of the extent to which students attain each end-of-program student learning outcome.
      • There is a lack of evidence that all expected levels of achievement are stated in specific and measurable terms.
      • There is a lack of evidence that the assessment methods are congruent with the expected levels of achievement and result in meaningful data.
      • There is a lack of evidence that the evaluation plan contains a minimum of three (3) years of data for each component within the plan.
      • There is a lack of evidence that the analysis of assessment data is used in program decision-making for the maintenance and improvement of students’ attainment of each end-of-program student learning outcome.
  • Miles Community College (Associate) Miles City, MT related to non-compliance with:
    • Standard 6 Outcomes, Criterion 6.1
      • There is a lack of evidence that all expected levels of achievement are stated in specific and measurable terms.
      • There is a lack of evidence of a specific timeframe for the evaluation of each component of the evaluation plan.
      • There is a lack of evidence that the assessment methods are congruent with the expected levels of achievement and result in meaningful data.
      • There is a lack of evidence that the analysis of assessment data is used in program decision-making for the maintenance and improvement of students’ attainment of each end-of-program student learning outcome.
  • Wytheville Community College (Associate) Wytheville, VA related to non-compliance with:
    • Standard 6 Outcomes, Criterion 6.1
      • There is a lack of evidence that all expected levels of achievement are stated in specific and measurable terms.
      • There is a lack of evidence of a specific timeframe for the evaluation of each component of the evaluation plan.
      • There is a lack of evidence that the assessment methods are congruent with the expected levels of achievement and result in meaningful data.
      • There is a lack of evidence that the analysis of assessment data is used in program decision-making for the maintenance and improvement of students’ attainment of each end-of-program student learning outcome.

Affirm Continuing Accreditation, Change Status to Continuing Accreditation with Conditions

The Commission affirmed the continuing accreditation and changed the accreditation status to continuing accreditation with conditions after a focused visit to the following program:

  • None

Affirm Continuing Accreditation, Change Status to Continuing Accreditation with Warning

The Commission affirmed the continuing accreditation and changed the accreditation status to continuing accreditation with warning after a focused visit to the following programs.

  • None

Affirm Continuing Accreditation, Change Status to Continuing Accreditation with Warning for Good Cause

The Commission changed the accreditation status to continuing accreditation with warning for good cause after a focused visit to the following programs:

  • Bowie State University (Baccalaureate) Bowie, MD related to non-compliance with:
    • Standard 6 Outcomes, Criterion 6.2
      • There is a lack of evidence that the program demonstrates graduates’ achievement on the licensure examination.

Adverse Actions

Any program denied initial or continuing accreditation has the right to forward comments regarding the Commission decision to the ACEN by May 5, 2016. The ACEN will forward to the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Education any comments submitted by the nursing program.


Deny Initial Accreditation

The Commission denied initial accreditation to the following program:

  • None

Deny Continuing Accreditation

The Commission denied continuing accreditation to the following program

  • None

Substantive Change Actions


The Commission accepted the substantive change report for the following programs:

  • Bethel College (Master’s) Mishawaka, IN related to for curriculum revisions greater than 25% and an increase in enrollment of greater than 25%.
  • Bethel College (Baccalaureate) Mishawaka, IN related to curriculum revisions greater than 25%.
  • Bryant and Stratton College – Richmond (Associate) North Chesterfield, VA related to an increase in enrollment of greater than 25%.
  • Carrington College – Reno (Associate) Reno, NV related to curriculum revisions greater than 25% an increase in enrollment of greater than 25%.
  • Georgia State University – Perimeter College (formerly Georgia Perimeter College) (Associate) Clarkston, GA related to a consolidation/merger of governing organizations between Georgia Perimeter College, and Georgia State University.
  • Grand Rapids Community College (Associate) Grand Rapids, MI related to curriculum revisions greater than 25%.
  • Grand Rapids Community College (Practical) Grand Rapids, MI related to curriculum revisions greater than 25%.
  • Harcum College Bryn (Associate) Mawr, PA related to curriculum revisions greater than 25%.
  • Motlow State Community College (Associate) Lynchburg, TN related to curriculum revisions greater than 25%.
  • New England Institute of Technology (Baccalaureate) East Greenwich, RI related to curriculum revisions greater than 25%.
  • North Carolina Central University (Baccalaureate) Durham, NC related to curriculum revisions greater than 25%.
  • Northeast State Community College (Associate) Kingsport, TN related to curriculum revisions greater than 25%.
  • Notre Dame of Maryland University (Baccalaureate) Baltimore, MD related to the addition of distance education.
  • Panola College (Associate) Carthage, TX related to curriculum revisions greater than 25% for the LVN-to-RN program option.
  • Prospect Education – Charter College (Associate) Anchorage, AK related to an increase in enrollment and an implementation of distance education.
  • Southern State Community College (Associate) Hillsboro, OH related to curriculum revisions greater than 25%.
  • Thomas More College (Baccalaureate) Crestview Hills, KY related to the addition of distance education.

The Commission accepted the substantive change report and authorized a focused visit for the following programs

  • Bethel College (Baccalaureate) Mishawaka, IN related to the implementation of distance education for 100% of the credits in the BSN-Completion program option.
  • Chipola College (Associate) Marianna, FL related to a decline in licensure examination pass rates and a change in status with the Florida Board of Nursing.
  • Cloud County Community College (Associate) Concordia, KS related to the addition of a pre-licensure associate program option and curriculum revisions greater than 25% for the LPN-to-RN program option.
  • Coastal Alabama Community College (Formerly Alabama Southern Community College, Faulkner State Community College, and Jefferson Davis Community College) (Associate, Practical) Bay Minette, AL related to the merger between Alabama Southern Community College, Faulkner State Community College, and Jefferson Davis Community College to form Coastal Alabama Community College.
  • Dickinson State University (Baccalaureate) Dickinson, ND related to the implementation of distance education for 100% of the credits in the ADRN-to-BSN Competition program option.
  • Councill Trenholm State Community College (Practical) Montgomery, AL related to implementation of a new curriculum.
  • Lansing Community College (Associate) Lansing, MI related to curriculum revisions greater than 25%.
  • Northwest State Community College (Associate) Archbold, OH related to the implementation of new curricula for the pre-licensure and LPN-to-RN program options.
  • Park University (Baccalaureate) Parkville, MO related to the addition of a pre-licensure baccalaureate program option.
  • Regis College (Baccalaureate) Weston, MA related to the implementation of the Regis North off-campus instructional site and for the implementation of distance education.
  • Sharon Regional Health System (Diploma) Sharon, PA related to a change in ownership.
  • Southeast Community College (Associate) Lincoln, NE related to the implementation of the Beatrice Campus off-campus instructional site and the implementation of distance education.
  • Catherine University (Clinical Doctorate) Saint Paul, MN related to the implementation of a clinical doctorate nurse practitioner program option.
  • Swedish Institute College of Health Sciences (Associate) New York, NY related to a decline in licensure examination pass rates and program completion rates.
  • UPMC Presbyterian Shadyside(Diploma) Pittsburgh, PA a decline in licensure examination pass rates and change in status with the Pennsylvania State Board of Nursing.
  • Utah State University – College of Eastern Utah (Associate, Practical) Logan, UT related to for the implementation of the Tooele and Moab off-campus instructional sites for the associate and practical programs and a decline in licensure examination pass rates.
  • Vincennes University (Associate) Vincennes, IN related to curriculum revisions greater than 25%.
  • Vincennes University (Practical) Vincennes, IN related to curriculum revisions curriculum revisions greater than 25%.

The Commission denied the substantive change report for the following programs:

  • Park University (Baccalaureate) Parkville, MO related to a change in nurse administrator and non-compliance with Standard 1 Mission and Administrative Capacity.
  • Universidad de Puerto Rico en Humacao (Baccalaureate) Humacao, PR related to a change in nurse administrator non-compliance with Standard 1 Mission and Administrative Capacity.

Definitions


Continuing Accreditation: A determination by the ACEN Board of Commissioners that a nursing program is in compliance with all Accreditation Standards.

Continuing Accreditation with Conditions: A measure imposed by the ACEN Board of Commissioners following the determination of non-compliance with one (1) or two (2) Accreditation Standards. Next review and follow-up action(s) are determined by the Board of Commissioners.

Continuing Accreditation with Warning: A measure imposed by the ACEN Board of Commissioners following the determination of non-compliance with three (3) or more Accreditation Standards. Next review and follow-up action(s) are determined by the Board of Commissioners.

Continuing Accreditation with Warning for Good Cause: A measure imposed by the ACEN Board of Commissioners following the determination that a nursing program has not remedied deficiencies at the conclusion of its maximum monitoring period and the program has (a) has demonstrated significant recent accomplishments in addressing ; (b) has documented that it has the potential to remedy all deficiencies within the extended period as defined by the Commission; that is, that the program provides evidence which makes it reasonable for the Commission to determine it will remedy all deficiencies within the extended time defined by the Commission; and (c) provides assurance to the Commission that it is not aware of any other reasons, other than those identified by the Commission, why the nursing program could not be continued for good cause.

Denied Initial Accreditation: A determination by the ACEN Board of Commissioners that a nursing program is in non-compliance with one or more Accreditation Standard.

Denied Continuing Accreditation: A determination by the ACEN Board of Commissioners that a nursing program on conditions, warning, or warning for good cause is found to be in continued non-compliance with any Accreditation Standard. Thereafter the nursing program is removed from the listings of accredited programs.

Focused Visit: A site visit authorized by the ACEN Board of Commissioners to review significant accreditation-related information disclosed about a program as a result of:

A substantive change;

Information revealed about a program between periods of scheduled review;

Information received from the governing organization’s accrediting body related to an adverse action;

Information received from the program’s state regulatory agency for nursing related to a change in its status;

Information revealed by a program during the Evaluation Review Panel process;

Information received from the U.S. Department of Education regarding a program’s compliance responsibilities under Title IV of the Higher Education Act such as information related to a program’s most recent student loan default rates, the results of financial or compliance audits, program reviews, and any other information that may be provided by the U.S. Department of Education.

Follow-up Report: A report prepared by a program addressing the Standard(s) for which the nursing program was found to be in non-compliance during the program’s previous review by the ACEN Board of Commissioners.

Initial Accreditation: A determination by the ACEN Board of Commissioners that a nursing program is in compliance with all Accreditation Standards.

Remove the Conditions Status and Grant Continuing Accreditation: A determination by the ACEN Board of Commissioners that a nursing program is in compliance with the Accreditation Standard(s) that the program was found to be in non-compliance during the program’s previous review by the ACEN Board of Commissioners.

Remove the Warning for Good Cause Status and Grant Continuing Accreditation: A determination by the ACEN Board of Commissioners that a nursing program is in compliance with the Accreditation Standards that the program was found to be in non-compliance during the program’s previous review by the ACEN Board of Commissioners.

Remove the Warning Status and Grant Continuing Accreditation: A determination by the ACEN Board of Commissioners that a nursing program is in compliance with the Accreditation Standard(s) that the program was found to be in non-compliance during the program’s previous review by the ACEN Board of Commissioners.

Standard:
See ACEN 2013 Standards and Criteria
Clinical Doctorate/DNP Specialist Certificate
Master’s/Post-Master’s Certificate
Baccalaureate
Associate
Diploma
Practical
See ACEN 2017 Standards and Criteria
Clinical Doctorate
Master’s/Post-Master’s Certificate/DNP Specialist Certificate
Baccalaureate
Associate
Diploma
Practical

 

Substantive Change Report: A report submitted by an accredited program informing the ACEN of a significant modification or expansion of the nature and scope of a nursing program and/or nursing education unit.