MCCC received formal notification on July 26, 2011 from the National League for Nursing Accreditation Commission (NLNAC), now the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN), that its Board of Commissioners granted the associate degree nursing program continued accreditation for two-years. While doing so, however, the ACEN placed the program on warning status and scheduled the next evaluation visit for the fall of 2013. Having our on-going accreditation placed on warning status means that concerns were identified during the most recent accreditation review that required immediate attention. When a program is placed on warning it is awarded accreditation for a shorter period than is otherwise typical and is subject to a full site-visit in two years following the most recent comprehensive program evaluation.
Not receiving full accreditation for this program is unprecedented by the College. The nursing program has had a long history of ACEN accreditation, holding continued accreditation status since 1987. We believe that our nursing program is outstanding and we are proud of the successes we have had to date. The College understands the areas of concern raised by the ACEN and although we cannot guarantee a favorable outcome, anticipates that the nursing program, under the leadership of Ms. Kimberly Lindquist, Dean of Health Sciences and Director of Nursing, will achieve our goal of full compliance with all ACEN standards by the time of the next scheduled evaluation visit. If the areas of concern are not resolved, however, the nursing program could be denied continued accreditation and removed from the list of ACEN accredited programs. We wish to assure you that we are endeavoring to take all steps necessary to continue our accreditation after the review which will take place in late October 2013.
If you have questions regarding the nursing program’s ACEN accreditation status and/or current program improvement activities please contact Ms. Kimberly Lindquist, Dean of Health Sciences/Director of Nursing.