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.
Dear College Community:
It is unfortunate that The Plain Dealer printed an article in its Saturday paper edition as well as on ceveland.com 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:
To read it on the Tri-C website, go to: http://www.tri-c.edu/programs/nursing/nursingaccreditation/Pages/default.aspx