Nursing Program at Tri-C is fighting to keep its accreditation

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By: Sara Liptak

On Saturday, April 13, the Plain Dealer reported that “the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission recently voted to deny accreditation for the college’s two-year registered nurse program.”

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Below is an e-mail sent out by college President Dr. Jerry Sue Thornton on Monday, April 15.

"Look at the outcomes of our students," Tri-C president Jerry Sue Thornton says of the school's two-year nursing program that trains RNs.  Chuck Crow, The Plain Deale
“Look at the outcomes of our students,” Tri-C president Jerry Sue Thornton says of the school’s two-year nursing program that trains RNs.
Chuck Crow, The Plain Dealer


Dear College Community:

It is unfortunate that The Plain Dealer printed an article in its Saturday paper edition as well as on that “the registered-nurse program at Tri-C is denied accreditation by panel” because that is just not true.  Our ADN Program (registered-nurse program) is accreditated with condition as it has been in the past and we continue to educate students who, we are confident, will graduate and continue to pass the Ohio State Nursing Board exams at a higher level than most nationally and within the State of Ohio.  We are also fully licensed by the Ohio Board of Nursing and the College is fully accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

We regret that this PD article alarmed our students and created confusion with misinformation regarding the status of our Nursing Program.  In order to reassure the students we have sent all of those enrolled in the program written information that clarifies the situation.

It is fair to say that we are beginning an appeal of the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC) interpretation of a report that we submitted to the NLNAC and will be clarifying our adjunct professor’s Nursing credentials.  We submitted our intent to appeal to the NLNAC response to our report on April 10, 2013.  We expect to be successful in the appeal which also causes the College to be cautious about sharing any additional details until final resolution.

We want to ensure all that the quality of the program is not in question and we remain an NLNAC accredited ADN Program!


Jerry Sue Thornton, Ph.D.


Cuyahoga Community College


Also, on the Tri-C website, Marsha Atkins, who is the Dean of Nursing, posted this about the Nursing Accreditation Information:

April 13, 2013

Hi this is Dean Atkins with the Division of Nursing at Cuyahoga Community College. On Friday evening, the Plain Dealer published an article regarding Tri-C’s nursing accreditation. I wanted to take a few moments to make sure you have all the key information.
First and foremost, I want to say that students in the program nearing graduation who successfully complete their courses will have full clearance to take their board exam. The Tri-C nursing program is STILL fully accredited.
Second, the program is and will continue to be high quality. Tri-C students pass the Ohio Board of Nursing exam at a higher rate than both state and national averages.  It is not a question of quality. The accreditation issue is about a technical interpretation that Tri-C has been working to clarify since the last review. We expect that the appeal process will bring clarification and closure to the matter.
I want to thank you for your patience and understanding while we work through the appeal. If you have individual questions, please contact us at (216) 987-4067.
Thank you,
Dean Atkins
Division of Nursing
Cuyahoga Community College


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