Commission Actions – March 2021

Notification of Commission Actions
Fall 2020 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 in March 2021. 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 https://www.acenursing.org/resources-for-nursing-programs/resources-acen-accreditation-manual/

Access the ACEN 2017 Standards and Criteria by program type:

Initial and Continuing Accreditation Actions


Additional InformationInitial Accreditation

The Commission granted initial accreditation to the following programs:

  • Alcorn State University (Clinical Doctorate) Natchez, MS
  • Ave Maria University (Baccalaureate) Ave Maria, FL
  • Campbellsville University (Master’s) Campbellsville, KY
  • Colorado Mesa University (Associate) Grand Junction, CO
  • Columbia College (Associate) Columbia, MO
  • Galen College of Nursing – Louisville (Master’s) Louisville, KY
  • Highland Community College (Associate) Freeport, IL
  • Imam Abdulrahman Bin Faisal University (Baccalaureate) Dammam, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
  • J.F. Drake State Community and Technical College (Practical) Huntsville, AL
  • Maine College of Health Professions (Practical) Lewiston, ME
  • Massachusetts Bay Community College (Practical) Framingham, MA
  • Ouachita Baptist University (Baccalaureate) Arkadelphia, AR
  • Public Authority for Applied Education and Training (Associate) Safat, Kuwait
  • Public Authority for Applied Education and Training (Baccalaureate) Safat, Kuwait
  • Sultan Qaboos University (Master’s) Muscat, Oman
  • Wayne County Community College District (Associate) Detroit, MI
  • Weatherford College (Baccalaureate) Weatherford, TX
  • Western Iowa Tech Community College (Associate) Sioux City, IA

Additional InformationContinuing Accreditation

The Commission granted continuing accreditation to the following programs:

  • Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College (Associate) Tifton, GA
  • Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College (Baccalaureate) Tifton, GA
  • Aultman College of Nursing and Health Sciences (Associate) Canton, OH
  • Bethel University (Associate) Mishawaka, IN
  • Bethel University (Master’s) Mishawaka, IN
  • Bismarck State College (Associate) Bismarck, ND
  • Central Ohio Technical College (Associate) Newark, OH
  • Central Susquehanna Intermediate Unit (Practical) Lewisburg, PA
  • College of Central Florida (Associate) Ocala, FL
  • College of Central Florida (Baccalaureate) Ocala, FL
  • Columbia-Greene Community College (Associate) Hudson, NY
  • Community College of Allegheny County (Associate) Pittsburgh, PA
  • Conemaugh Memorial Medical Center (Diploma) Johnstown, PA
  • Conners State College (Associate) Muskogee, OK
  • Covenant Medical Center (Diploma) Lubbock, TX
  • Davenport University (Practical) Grand Rapids, MI
  • Fletcher Technical Community College (Associate) Schriever, LA
  • Galen College of Nursing – Louisville (Associate) Louisville, KY
  • Genesee Community College (Associate) Batavia, NY
  • Greenville Technical College (Associate) Greenville, SC
  • Henderson Community College (Associate) Henderson, KY
  • Inter American University of Puerto Rico – Aguadilla Campus (Associate) Aguadilla, PR
  • Inter American University of Puerto Rico – Aguadilla Campus (Baccalaureate) Aguadilla, PR
  • Kankakee Community College (Associate) Kankakee, IL
  • Kankakee Community College (Practical) Kankakee, IL
  • Lake Land College (Associate) Mattoon, IL
  • Lake Land College (Practical) Mattoon, IL
  • Lake Region State College (Associate) Devils Lake, ND
  • Lake Washington Institute of Technology (Associate) Kirkland, WA
  • Lincoln Memorial University (Master’s/Post-Master’s Certificate(s)) Harrogate, TN
  • Massachusetts Bay Community College (Associate) Framingham, MA
  • Minnesota State College Southeast (Practical) Winona, MN
  • Morehead State University (Associate) Morehead, KY
  • Nashua Community College (Associate) Nashua, NH
  • Nassau Community College (Associate) Garden City, NY
  • Pacific College of Health and Science (Baccalaureate) New York, NY
  • Pensacola State College (Practical) Pensacola, FL
  • Prospect Education – Charter College (Associate) Anchorage, AK
  • Saint Charles Community College (Associate) Dardenne Prairie, MO
  • Salem City Schools (Practical) Salem, OH
  • Sinclair Community College (Associate) Dayton, OH
  • Snow College (Associate) Richfield, UT
  • Southern University at Shreveport (Associate) Shreveport, LA
  • Southside Virginia Community College (Associate) Keysville, VA
  • St. Catherine University (Baccalaureate) Saint Paul, MN
  • St. Catherine University (Clinical Doctorate) Saint Paul, MN
  • St. Catherine University (Master’s) Saint Paul, MN
  • St. Peter’s Health Partners – Samaritan Hospital (Associate) Troy, NY
  • St. Peter’s Health Partners – Samaritan Hospital (Practical) Troy, NY
  • Sultan Qaboos University (Baccalaureate) Muscat, Oman
  • Tacoma Community College (Associate) Tacoma, WA
  • Trinidad State Junior College (Associate) Trinidad, CO
  • Trinitas School of Nursing/Union County College (Diploma) Elizabeth, NJ
  • Trinity Health – St. Francis Medical Center (Diploma) Trenton, NJ
  • Universidad de Puerto Rico en Arecibo (Baccalaureate) Arecibo, PR
  • University of Saint Francis (Associate) Fort Wayne, IN
  • UPMC Jameson (Diploma) New Castle, PA
  • Valley Medical Facilities (Diploma) McKees Rocks, PA
  • Victoria College (Associate) Victoria, TX
  • Vincennes University (Associate) Vincennes, IN
  • Vincennes University (Baccalaureate) Vincennes, IN
  • Vincennes University (Practical) Vincennes, IN
  • Weatherford College (Associate) Weatherford, TX
  • Wenatchee Valley College (Associate) Wenatchee, WA
  • Western Nevada College (Associate) Carson City, NV

Additional InformationContinuing Accreditation – Remove Conditions Status

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

  • Arnot Ogden Medical Center (Diploma) Elmira, NY
  • Bergen Community College (Associate) Paramus, NJ
  • Bryant & Stratton College – Akron (Associate) Akron, OH
  • Crowder College (Associate) Neosho, MO
  • Erie Community College (Associate) Williamsville, NY
  • La Roche University (Master’s/Post-Master’s Certificate(s)) Pittsburgh, PA
  • Ohlone College (Associate) Newark, CA
  • Technical College of the Lowcountry (Practical) Beaufort, SC

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

  • None

Additional InformationContinuing Accreditation – Remove Warning Status

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

  • None

Additional InformationContinuing Accreditation – Remove Good Cause Status

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

  • Prince George’s Community College (Associate) Largo, MD

Additional InformationAffirm Continuing Accreditation

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

  • Bismarck State College (Associate) Bismarck, ND
  • Clarion University of Pennsylvania (Associate) Oil City, PA
  • Conners State College (Associate) Muskogee, OK
  • East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania (Baccalaureate) East Stroudsburg, PA
  • Fort Scott Community College (Associate) Fort Scott, KS
  • La Roche University (Master’s/Post-Master’s Certificate(s)) Pittsburgh, PA
  • Lamar Community College (Associate) Lamar, CO
  • Midway University (Baccalaureate) Midway, KY
  • Northern New Mexico College (Associate) Espanola, NM
  • Piedmont Technical College (Associate) Greenwood, SC
  • St. Elizabeth University (Baccalaureate) Morristown, NJ
  • St. Elizabeth University (Master’s) Morristown, NJ
  • UPMC Jameson (Diploma) New Castle, PA

Additional InformationAffirm Continuing Accreditation – Remove Good Cause Status

The Commission removed the good cause status and granted continuing accreditation after a focused visit to the following programs:

  • None

Additional InformationContinuing Accreditation with Conditions

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

  • Alcorn State University (Master’s/Post-Master’s Certificate(s)) Natchez, MS related to non-compliance with:
    • Standard 6 Outcomes, Criterion 6.2
      • There is a lack of evidence that the expected level of achievement for first-time test-takers during the same 12-month period on the certification examination has been met.
  • Bowie State University (Master’s/Post-Master’s Certificate(s)) Bowie, MD related to non-compliance with:
    • Standard 4 Curriculum, Criteria 4.1, 4.2, and 4.7
      • There is a lack of evidence that the curriculum is congruent with established standards for graduate programs, including appropriate advanced nursing practice competencies, role-specific professional standards and guidelines, and certification requirements.
      • 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.
      • There is a lack of evidence that evaluation methodologies reflect established professional and practice competencies and measure the achievement of the end-of-program student learning outcomes.
    • Standard 6 Outcomes, Criteria 6.1 and 6.2
      • There is a lack of evidence that there is ongoing assessment of the extent to which students attain the end-of-program student learning outcomes and role-specific professional competencies.
      • There is a lack of evidence that the expected level of achievement for first-time test-takers during the same 12-month period on the certification examination has been met.
      • There is a lack of evidence that assessment data are consistently analyzed and used in program decision-making for the maintenance and improvement of students’ attainment of the end-of-program student learning outcomes and role-specific professional competencies.
  • Clarion and Edinboro Universities of Pennsylvania (Master’s/Post-Master’s Certificate(s)) Oil City, PA related to non-compliance with:
    • Standard 4 Curriculum, Criteria 4.1 and 4.2
      • There is a lack of evidence that the curriculum is consistent and congruent with established standards for graduate programs, including role-specific professional competencies.
      • There is a lack of evidence that there is progression in the course student learning outcomes/course objectives throughout the curriculum in support of the end-of-program student learning outcomes.
    • Standard 6 Outcomes, Criteria 6.1 and 6.2
      • There is lack of evidence that there are appropriate assessment methods and ongoing assessment of employer satisfaction data.
      • There is lack of evidence that assessment data are consistently analyzed and used in program decision-making for the maintenance and improvement of students’ attainment of the end of program student learning outcomes and role- specific professional competencies.
      • There is lack of evidence that the expected level of achievement for first-time test-takers during the same 12-month period on the certification examination has been met.
      • There is a lack of evidence that there is ongoing assessment of the extent to which graduates succeed on the certification examination.
  • Denver Public Schools (Practical) Denver, CO 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 the end-of-program student learning outcomes.
      • There is a lack of evidence that assessment data are consistently analyzed and used in program decision-making for the maintenance and improvement of students’ attainment of the end-of-program student learning outcomes.
  • Fort Scott Community College (Associate) Fort Scott, KS related to non-compliance with:
    • Standard 6, Criterion 6.2
      • There is a lack of evidence that the expected level of achievement for first-time test-takers during the same 12-month period on the licensure examination has been met.
  • Hannibal-LaGrange University (Associate) Hannibal, MO related to non-compliance with:
    • Standard 6 Outcomes, Criterion 6.2
      • There is a lack of evidence that the expected level of achievement for first-time test-takers during the same 12-month period on the licensure examination has been met.
  • Montana State University Northern (Baccalaureate) Havre, MT related to non-compliance with:
    • Standard 1 Mission & Administrative Capacity, Criterion 1.5
      • There is a lack of evidence that the nursing education unit is administered by a nurse who is doctorally prepared.
  • University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville (Associate) Batesville, AR related to non-compliance with:
    • Standard 6 Outcomes, Criterion 6.2
      • There is a lack of evidence that the expected level of achievement for first-time test-takers during the same 12-month period on the licensure examination has been met.

Additional InformationContinuing Accreditation with Warning

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

  • None

Additional InformationContinuing Accreditation for Good Cause

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

  • Governors State University (Master’s/Post-Master’s Certificate(s))University Park, IL related to non-compliance with:
    • Standard 4 Curriculum, Criteria 4.2, 4.3, and 4.10
      • 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.
      • There is a lack of evidence that there is a progression in the course student learning outcomes/objectives throughout the curriculum to support the end-of-program student learning outcomes.
      • There is a lack of evidence that the curriculum is developed by the faculty and regularly reviewed to ensure integrity, rigor, and currency.
      • There is a lack of evidence that written agreements for clinical practice agencies are current, specify expectations for all parties, and ensure students’ protection.
    • Standard 6 Outcomes, Criteria 6.1, 6.2, 6.3, and 6.4
      • There is a lack of evidence that there is ongoing assessment of the extent to which students attain the end-of-program student learning outcomes and role-specific professional competencies.
      • There is a lack of evidence that assessment data are consistently analyzed and used in program decision-making for the maintenance and improvement of students’ attainment of the end-of-program student learning outcomes and role-specific professional competencies.
      • There is a lack of evidence that the expected level of achievement for first-time test-takers during the same 12-month period on the FNP and CNS certification examinations has been met.
      • There is a lack of evidence that there is ongoing assessment of the extent to which graduates succeed on the certification examination.
      • There is a lack of evidence that assessment data are consistently analyzed and used in program decision-making for the maintenance and improvement of success on the certification examination.
      • 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 that assessment data are consistently analyzed and used in program decision-making for the maintenance and improvement of students’ completion of the nursing program.
      • There is a lack of evidence that there is ongoing assessment of the extent to which graduates of the nursing program are employed.
      • There is a lack of evidence that assessment data are consistently analyzed and used in program decision-making for the maintenance and improvement of graduates being employed.
  • Rowan College at Burlington County (Associate) Mount Laurel, NJ related to non-compliance with:
    • Standard 6 Outcomes, Criterion 6.2
      • There is a lack of evidence that the expected level of achievement for first-time test-takers during the same 12-month period on the licensure examination has been met.
  • Saint Paul College – A Community & Technical College (Practical) St. Paul, MN related to non-compliance with:
    • Standard 6 Outcomes, Criterion 6.2
      • There is a lack of evidence that the expected level of achievement for first-time test-takers during the same 12-month period has been met.
  • Swedish Institute College of Health Sciences (Associate) New York, NY related to non-compliance with:
    • Standard 6 Outcomes, Criterion 6.2
      • There is a lack of evidence that the expected level of achievement for first-time test-takers during the same 12-month period has been met.
  • Trocaire College (Practical) Buffalo, NY related to non-compliance with:
    • Standard 6 Outcomes, Criterion 6.2
      • There is a lack of evidence that the expected level of achievement for first-time test-takers during the same 12-month period on the licensure examination has been met.

Additional InformationAffirm 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

Additional InformationAffirm 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

Additional InformationAffirm Continuing Accreditation, Change Status to Continuing Accreditation for Good Cause

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

  • None

Adverse Actions

Any program denied initial or continuing accreditation has the right to forward comments regarding the Commission decision to the ACEN by May 29, 2019. The ACEN will forward to the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Education any comments submitted by the nursing program.


Additional InformationDeny Initial Accreditation

The Commission denied initial accreditation to the following program:

  • None

Additional InformationDeny Continuing Accreditation

The Commission denied continuing accreditation to the following program

  • 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 the 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 2017 Standards and Criteria
Clinical Doctorate/DNP Specialist Certificate
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.