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Concerns identified in nursing accreditation site visit

25 March 2015

On Thursday, March 12, 2015, the Associate Degree in Nursing Program (ADN) at Pratt Community College was informed by site visitors from its national accreditation agency, the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN), that it would not recommend continued accreditation of the ADN Program to its board of commissioners.

The program was placed under warning status following the most recent ACEN site visit in 2012.

They cited various reasons related to the number of faculty and staff, curriculum, and outcomes. Their recommendations will be taken to their board for action in June 2015 where they will make their final decision later this summer.

Until that time, the ADN program remains accredited by ACEN. Students graduating prior to this final decision will complete their studies under an accredited program.

On the same date, the ADN Program was informed by site visitors from the Kansas State Board of Nursing (KSBN), that deficiencies in the program were identified. They will complete their report and submit it to the KSBN Board for review and action in June. Further action may be taken at that time which could include the program being placed on “conditional approval.”

Current ADN students who complete their courses and program prior to July, will not be affected by either KSBN or ACEN recommendations.

The PCC Practical Nursing (PN) program is not affected by either of these board’s recommendations.

ADN Nursing, its faculty, staff, and administration, along with all staff, faculty and administration for Pratt Community College, are committed to and will provide instruction and service to its Nursing students, its community, and all other stakeholders as it transitions through these challenges.

There are many unanswered questions at this time involving the future of the PCC Nursing Program. The Nursing Department, College Administration and Board of Trustees will be working diligently to decide the best course of action for students, faculty and staff and recommendations will be made public in the near future.

Questions: Contact Kay Watkins, Director of Nursing at kayw@prattcc.edu or 620.229.5992. Additional information can be obtained at www.acenursing.org or www.ksbn.org.