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Tri-C in Cleveland lost its NLN accreditation - what now?


I've worked my butt off for the last couple years and now have only 2 semesters left. Even though Tri-C has a 93% NCLEX pass rate, they lost their accreditation for purportedly not having enough instructors with MSN degrees although I believe all of my instructors have had a minimum of a MSN degree.

I'm 51 and don't have time or money to start over. What are my options? Will I be able to transfer credits? What is the school's responsibility to students?

Esme12, ASN, BSN, RN

Specializes in Critical Care, ED, Cath lab, CTPAC,Trauma. Has 41 years experience.

I have volumes of opinions on this but none that will help you.....Will the Ohio BON let you test from an unaccredited school? I would check that first.

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Has 3 years experience.

According to the PD, "It still has approval from the Ohio Board of Nursing and its graduates can still gain their license by passing the state test, said Lisa Emrich, the nursing board's program manager."

Hi! I am in the program as well! I believe that they are going to pass this accreditation appeal. Think about it, we have a high NCLEX passing rate. They may make it to the point where all the BSN instructors, which is ONLY clinical instructors get their MSN! The only reason they had to go to BSN is because they are a growing school. What does anyone else think?

I agree with you. They STILL have their accreditation since they have appealed & I believe things will turn out for the better.

Bubbly26, BSN, RN

Specializes in ICU. Has 5 years experience.

This is a very good question. I am/was interetsed in the nursing program for Spring 2014 but since they lost their accreditation maybe I should look elsewhere.

Tri-C is a very competitive and recognized nursing program.

Tri-C is STILL accredited and students currently enrolled will be able to complete their nursing program.

Tri-C initiated an appeal and are CONFIDENT they will be successful in the appeal process.

You can still apply/enroll in the nursing program at Tri-C. :sarcastic:

The article on the front page of The Plain Dealer on April 18, 2013 lacked clarification and "scared" alot of people regarding the nursing accredition at Tri-C. They will win the appeal and all will be good, if not better!

AgentBeast, BSN, RN

Specializes in Cardiology and ER Nursing. Has 8 years experience.

The main issue is finding enough Masters or higher prepared nurses that are willing and able to work for Tri-C part time as lab preceptors and clinical instructors.

I heard that other community colleges get around this by hiring these master's people as contract rather than part time. I'm guessing MSNs would rarely want to work as preceptors and instructors for the money they get at the community college level. And, frankly, I don't understand the NLN's position because the nurses with MSNs that I know haven't really practiced bedside in a long time.

That's soooo faul in so many ways, my wife inform about this when she went to LCCC to sign up for her acceptance lpn meeting for 2013 and saw that the school was full of Tri-C mad as hell nursing student and talking about its...that so faul it ain't right.

It seems there is now at least a date posted on the school's website.

July 2, 2013

Cuyahoga Community College Nursing School Statement

As previously announced, Cuyahoga Community College is exercising its right to appeal to the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc. (ACEN, formerly known as the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission). A hearing has been scheduled for August 12.

The College looks forward to meeting with ACEN in hopes of resolving the issues that have been raised. While we have no control over timing, we hope to fully resolve the matter by the end of the summer. At the same time, we continue to look for ways to achieve continuous improvement in our nursing education program and are seeking to recruit more nursing faculty with master’s degrees.

The college’s nursing students have a 93 percent pass rate on the Ohio State Nursing Board exams, a higher level than the national and state averages. Its graduates remain in high demand by the region’s leading health care employers.

Bubbly26, BSN, RN

Specializes in ICU. Has 5 years experience.

I hope they get the issues resolved before the end of the summer. I planned on applying to the program in August.

I hope so as well. I was looking forward to finishing up pre-req's and once done applying. I can easily go back to LCCC, but my personal preference was to continue on with Tri-C. I am going to finish pre-req's there regardless and see what happens. I so hope they have things worked out by the time I am finally finished.