Nursing program at Chattahoochee Valley Community College in Phenix City has lost accreditation from National Nursing League Loses accreditation from national nursing group
Friday, July 17, 2009 STAN DIEL News staff writer
The nursing program at Chattahoochee Valley Community College in Phenix City has lost its national accreditation from a prominent accrediting organization, state officials said Thursday.
The National League for Nursing Accreditation revoked the program's status because it didn't have enough faculty members with master's degrees, and because it lacked a system to evaluate "measurable outcomes for nursing students," according to a statement from the Alabama Community College System.
The school's president said the program retains its state accreditation and its national accreditation from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and will continue to operate while it works to regain NLNA accreditation.
"We'll begin work immediately to regain it," said President Laurel Blackwell. "But it's a value-added accreditation. There are nursing schools that operate without it."
Graduates from programs lacking NLNA accreditation can't get jobs at some prominent institutions, two-year college system officials said in a prepared statement.
Officials with the system said the state is exploring the possibility of allowing the 116 students in the program to transfer to NLNA-accredited programs at other two-year schools, or at a four-year university.
Faculty from another institution also might teach those classes on the Chattahoochee Valley campus, they said.
"Our first order of business is to ensure that students currently enrolled in the CVCC program do not see an interruption in their education in a fully accredited program," Joan Y. Davis, interim chancellor of the two-year college system, said in a prepared statement.
Blackwell said the remaining state accreditation allows graduates to sit for the state nursing exam, and she has been meeting with leaders of area hospitals who have expressed their support and indicated they still will hire graduates, she said.