Notification of Substantive Change Actions
March 2017

The following publicly available information is provided by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) concerning actions taken on March 9 and 10, 2018, by the ACEN Board of Commissioners related to substantive changes. 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

Access the ACEN 2013 Standards and Criteria by program type:

Access the ACEN 2017 Standards and Criteria by program type:

Substantive Change Actions


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

  • American Sentinel University (Clinical Doctorate) Aurora, CO related to an increase in enrollment, and the addition of informatics program option.
  • Bryan College of Health Sciences (Master’s) Lincoln, NE related to the implementation of a RN-to-MSN program option.
  • Bryant and Stratton College – Milwaukee West (Associate) Wauwatosa, WI related to the implementation of a practical nursing program, and baccalaureate nursing program with an RN-to-BSN option.
  • Calhoun Community College (Associate) Decatur, AL related to a decline in licensure examination pass rate.
  • Casper College (Associate) Casper, WY related to a decline in licensure examination pass rate.
  • Centra Health, Inc. (Associate) Lynchburg, VA related to an increase in enrollment.
  • Clark State Community College (Associate) Springfield, OH related to decline in licensure examination pass rate.
  • Community College of Allegheny County (Associate) Pittsburgh, PA related to a decline in program completion rate.
  • Del Mar College (Associate) Corpus Christi, TX related to curriculum revisions.
  • Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University (Baccalaureate) Tallahassee, FL related to decrease in licensure examination pass rate.
  • Florida State College at Jacksonville (Baccalaureate) Jacksonville, FL related to curriculum revisions.
  • Front Range Community College – Westminster (Associate) Westminster, CO related to the implementation of an Advanced Placement LPN-to ADN Bridge program option.
  • Gadsden State Community College (Associate) Gadsden, AL related to a decline in licensure examination pass rate.
  • Harrison College – Indianapolis East (Associate) Indianapolis, IN related to the acquisition of a nursing program.
  • Helena College – University of Montana (Associate) Helena, MT related to an increase in enrollment.
  • Missoula College – University of Montana (Associate) Missoula, MT related to an increase in enrollment.
  • Monroe County Community College (Associate) Monroe, MI related to a decline in program completion rate.
  • Nightingale College (Associate) Ogden, UT related to a showcause action by the Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools (ABHES).
  • Ohlone College (Associate) Newark, CA related to a decline in licensure examination pass rate.
  • Pellissippi State Community College (Associate) Knoxville, TN related to curriculum revisions.
  • Piedmont College (Baccalaureate) Demorest, GA related to the inactivation of a RN-to-BSN program option.
  • Rochester Community & Technical College (Practical) Rochester, MN related to an increase in enrollment.
  • Rogers State University (Associate) Claremore, OK related to a decline in program completion rate.
  • Sharon Regional Health System (Diploma) Sharon, PA related to a change in status with Title IV certification and eligibility requirements.
  • Southern Adventist University (Associate) Collegedale, TN, related to a decline in licensure examination pass rate.
  • St. Joseph School of Nursing (Associate) Nashua, NH related a decline in licensure examination pass rate.
  • Quincy College (Associate) Quincy, MA related to a decline in licensure examination pass rate.
  • Rogers State University (Associate) Claremore, OK related to decline in program completion rate.
  • Tarrant County College (Associate) Fort Worth, TX related to an increase in enrollment.
  • Trinity College of Nursing & Health Sciences (Associate) Rock Island, IL related to a change in control of the governing organization.
  • Tuskegee University (Baccalaureate) Tuskegee, AL related to a warning action from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC).
  • University of Alaska at Anchorage (Master’s) Anchorage, AK related to the implementation of a family nurse practitioner program option.
  • University of Pittsburgh at Titusville (Associate) Titusville, PA related to a decline in licensure examination pass rate.
  • Youngstown State University (Master’s) Youngstown, OH related to the implementation of an adult gerontology acute care nurse practitioner post-master’s certificate.

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

  • Bevill State Community College (Associate, Practical) Jasper, AL related to curriculum revisions.
  • Blinn College (Associate) Bryan, TX related to the addition of an off-campus instructional site located at 902 College Avenue, Arts and Sciences Building, Room #107, Brenham, Texas 77805.
  • Galen College of Nursing – Louisville (Associate) Louisville, KY related to the addition of an off-campus instructional site located at 100 Airport Gardens Road Hazard KY 41701.
  • Indiana University Kokomo (Master’s) Kokomo, IN related to the implementation of a family nurse practitioner program option.
  • Langston University (Baccalaureate) Langston, OK related to a decline in licensure examination pass rate and a change in status with OBON.
  • Lehigh Valley Hospital-Schuylkill South Jackson Street (Diploma) Pottsville, PA related to a change in ownership.
  • Louisiana State University at Eunice (Associate) Eunice, LA related to the addition of an off-campus instructional site located at located at the Lafayette General Southwest building at 4212 West Congress, Lafayette LA 70506.
  • Luna Community College (Associate) Las Vegas, NM related to the implementation of a new curriculum.
  • Lurleen B. Wallace Community College (Associate) Opp, AL related to the implementation of a new curriculum.
  • North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University (Baccalaureate) Greensboro, NC related to the addition of an off-campus instructional site located at 124 East Gate City Boulevard, Greensboro, NC 27406.
  • Pacific College of Oriental Medicine (Baccalaureate) New York, NY related to the implementation of distance education for more than 50% of the credits in the program of study.
  • Prospect Education – Charter College (Associate) Anchorage, AK related to the increased enrollment and the implementation of a new curriculum.
  • Regis College (Master’s) Weston, MA related to an increase in enrollment, and the addition of distance education for 50% or more of the credits in the nursing program of study.
  • Reynolds Memorial Hospital, Inc. (Practical) Glen Dale, WV related to a change in ownership of the governing organization.
  • Roane State Community College (Associate) Harriman, TN related to curriculum revisions.
  • Santa Ana College (Associate) Santa Ana, CA related to the implementation of a new curriculum.
  • South College (Baccalaureate) Knoxville, TN related to the addition of an off-campus instructional site located the Parkside Learning site at 616 Marriott Drive, Nashville, TN 37214.
  • Southern Regional Technical College (Associate) Thomasville, GA related to the addition of two (2) off-campus instructional sites located at the Tifton site at 52 Tech Drive, Tifton, GA 31794, and North Veterans Parkway North, Moultrie, GA 31768.
  • St. Vincent’s College (Associate) Bridgeport, CT related to the addition of an off-campus instructional site located at the Danbury Hospital – Western Connecticut Health Network (WCHN) site at 24 Hospital Avenue, Danbury, Connecticut 06810.
  • University of New Mexico – Taos (Associate) Ranchos de Taos, NM related to the implementation of a new curriculum.
  • University of North Carolina – Greensboro (Baccalaureate) Greensboro, NC related to the addition of six (6) off-campus instructional sites located at Davidson County Community College site at 297 DCCC Road, Thomasville, North Carolina 27360; The Rowan-Cabarrus Community College site at 399 Biotechnology Lane, Kannapolis, North Carolina 28081; The Alamance Community College site at 1247 Jimmie Kerr Road, Graham, North Carolina 27253; The Gaston site at 201 Highway 321 South, Dallas, North Carolina 28034; the Piedmont site at 1715 College Drive, Roxboro, North Carolina 27573; and the Forsyth site located at 2100 Silas Creek Parkway, Winston-Salem, NC 27103.
  • Weber State University (Master’s) Ogden, UT related to the implementation of a nurse practitioner program option.
  • Western Iowa Tech Community College (Practical) Sioux City, IA related to the addition of an off-campus instructional site located at the Cherokee Campus site at 200 Victory Drive Cherokee, Iowa, 51012.

 

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

  • None

 


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 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 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 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
Master’s/Post-Master’s Certificate
Baccalaureate
Associate
Diploma
Practical
See ACEN 2017 Standards and Criteria
Clinical Doctorate
Master’s/Post-Master’s 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.