BY IAN WEIR
The 2014 graduating class from The University’s nursing program will be a quite a bit larger than was anticipated this time last year. Because of an issue with the accreditation status of the Marywood University nursing program, 20 fourth-year students joined the ranks of The University’s nurses over the summer from Marywood.
Marywood had its accreditation renewal application declined by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) in April. However, the school appealed the decision and never fully lost its privileges. The school reported in August that its accreditation had been fully reinstated, but in the interim between the initial revocation and the reinstating of privileges, a deal was struck between Marywood and The University that allowed third-year students to apply to finish their degrees here.
Qualifying students were able to take an evaluation and transfer to The University as fully enrolled students who will graduate from The University with the class of 2014.
It is important to note, though, that this is a one-year program that will not affect next year’s class. Should Marywood have its accreditation revoked again after its re-evaluation in the spring, there will not be a massive influx of Marywood students to The University’s nursing program. In that situation, students would need to find their own way to accredited programs if they wish to continue their nursing education.
“We are just helping out the students for this one year,” Dr. Patricia Harrington, head of The University’s nursing program, said.
Marywood University has not released the reasons for the accreditation revocation.
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