Nursing students at Pratt Community College in Kansas are expressing concern about their future, following the disclosure that the school's nursing program may lose its accreditation at the end of the school year after several years on warning status.

Students told KSN News that they are worried about what may come next for them after it was revealed that its accrediting body would not recommend continued accreditation of the school's associate degree in nursing program.

Referring to expansion of its on-line and campus offerings in health-related fields, Pratt Community College president Mike Calvert was quoted by KSN as saying, "Unfortunately, we were not able to maintain the quality that went along with that growth and lead to our board pass rates being decreased over the last several years."

A recent story in the Pratt Tribune reported that "growth may have been a key factor in the declining pass rates in the nursing program that led to the program not getting an accreditation renewal recommendation."

In a  post on Pratt Community College's own website, the school stated that its Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) program  had been 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."

PCC said that its Practical Nursing (PN) program was not affected by these accreditation developments.  

The school also said in its statement, "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."

One student, Bernice Olvera, told KSN News, "It's hard we kind of found out this late in the season because now we have to look for other schools and you have to get so many pre-reqs for those other schools and other schools have deadlines that have already passed."

If you are a student or faculty members with concerns about the potential loss of a college program's accreditation that you wish to share with attorneys at College Watchdogs, share your concern here or call 877-540-8333.



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