Lock Haven University’s Nursing Program Recommended for Full Five-Year Accreditation
The National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC) concluded its initial onsite visit of Lock Haven University Clearfield Campus’ Bachelor of Science in Nursing Program October 18, 2012. Lock Haven University’s program was found in compliance with all six NLNAC standards - Mission and Administrative Capacity; Faculty and Staff; Students; Curriculum; Resources; and Outcomes. The Nursing Department received a recommendation for its RN to BSN program for a Full 5-Year Accreditation, which is the maximum awarded for initial accreditation. The official approval will occur at the NLNAC Board of Commissioners meeting March 7-8, 2013.
“The process and preparation for this visit was rigorous and introspective, the Commission met with students, faculty, administration, and community members and continuously commented on the support and high regard for Lock Haven Clearfield Campus’ program, says Dr. Fay Cook, Director of Lock Haven University’s BSN program. “This is excellent news not just for Lock Haven University Clearfield Campus but for the entire university and community,” says Michael Fiorentino, President of Lock Haven University. The BSN program provides upper division opportunities facilitating mobility of graduates from Associate Degree and Diploma programs, allowing them the opportunity to enhance their education and career options. The program is designed to build on the student’s knowledge and experience as a registered nurse, enhancing skills in critical thinking, case management, and leadership roles. Full accreditation for the BSN ensures all Lock Haven University graduates will be eligible for Master’s Degree programs nationwide. The BSN provides a basis for the next step forward to graduate education for which several of our students have already begun to investigate and apply.
The RN to BSN program began fall 2009. The first graduating class will be December 2012. Lock Haven University Clearfield Campus’ Associate of Science in nursing program is also fully accredited through the NLNAC since its first graduating class in 1992. The NLNAC is nationally recognized as a specialized accrediting agency for both post-secondary and higher degree programs in nursing education. The university maintains a high standard for each of our academic programs. Having our high standard recognized by a national accrediting body such as the NLNAC is an honor.