Spokane Community College’s Nursing Program Remains Unaccredited
November 11, 2010 1 Comment
Is Spokane Community College’s nursing program accredited by NLNAC?
SCC’s nursing program currently is not accredited by NLNAC. Following an October 2009 NLNAC accreditation site visit, we learned we have some additional work to do to comply with NLNAC criteria. This includes clarification of lab preceptor duties that affect the ratio of faculty with master’s and bachelor’s degrees and the way student outcomes are communicated on our website, student handbook, and course syllabi.
Students allege SCC’s Nursing program failed accreditation two years ago and then tried to cover up by falsely claiming some teachers without Masters degrees were not actually teachers (which agrees with SCC’s official statement above):
“They tried to cover it up from the NLN regulators by saying that some of the staff (lab teachers) weren’t teachers. The students went into an uproar because these lab teachers had the ability to fail us. We complained to this board and SCC failed. This was the second time they failed!!! They promised me they would have the cert back by the time I graduated but since they failed, I graduated w/o it.“
(Read the linked online forum discussion – a lot of information about the problems.)
UPDATE AUGUST 2011: SCC is now listed on the “Candidacy” page to achieve accreditation between Spring 2011 and Spring 2013. Rumor says the SCC program has passed the state inspection and a formal accreditation review is being scheduled for NLNAC accreditation, which it hopes to receive during 2012.
Due to the lack of accreditation, some employers are turning down graduates due to perceived “liability” concerns. Current SCC nursing graduates are said to be ineligible for Federal jobs, such as at the local V.A. Hospital. Some (but not all) 4 year degree programs are allegedly not accepting SCC nursing graduates in to transfer BSN programs due to the lack of accreditation.
Even though this situation has persisted for some time, there is no local news media coverage.
Does it matter? Suppose you are a health care organization and you get sued for malpractice. What’s the first thing the plaintiff’s attorney is going to ask? “Is it true that your staff are graduates of an unaccredited nursing program?”
You can quickly see why graduates of the currently unaccredited SCC A.D.N. program will be challenged in finding work as an R.N. This is not good.
Update January 2011: There are rumors, likely true, that SCC replaced some staff and is now working hard to have the nursing program receive accreditation by the Fall of 2011.
You can check the NLNAC list of accredited community college programs in Washington here (you’ll need to search for it though). As of Feb 2011, SCC is not accredited nor is it on the candidate status page.