The nursing department at Umpqua Community College has decided against pursuing Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) national accreditation.

“This decision was not made in haste,” UCC’s Director of Nursing April Myler, said in a press release. “(The decision) included input from multiple community partners from UCC’s Advisory Committee (which is largely made up of staff from local clinical sites), colleague feedback from the Oregon Consortium for Nursing Education (OCNE), communication to the OSBN, and UCC student representatives, staff, faculty, and administration.”

According to a press release, the decision was made mainly due to budgetary and time constraints. Not pursuing national accreditations allows the program to focus on maintaining Oregon State Board of Nursing (OSBN) accreditation requirements.

The program is certified through by the OSBN, requiring them to meet rigorous guidelines to maintain their associates degree in nursing. OSBN approval is non-negotiable.

National accreditation is not mandatory. Additionally, the national certification that was previously requisite for students to perform clinicals in Veterans Affairs facilities was removed at the federal level.

The program has produced over 2,000 graduates since its inception 45 years ago. Graduates of the program are able to transition to Oregon Health and Science University’s Bachelor of Science in Nursing program, which does hold national accreditation.

Of the 11 associates degree in nursing programs in Oregon, only three have national accreditation.

Erica Welch is a community reporter for The News-Review. She can be reached at or 541-957-4218.

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Erica Welch is the special sections editor for The News-Review and a native Roseburgian. She is an alumni of Roseburg High School, Umpqua Community College and Western Oregon University. She can be reached at or 541-957-4218.

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Q. What is the disadvantage to a student if the nursing program is not accredited?
A. It can and often does impact students when they graduate from a non-accredited program in several ways:

The student may not qualify for employment if the employer requires nurses to have graduated from an accredited program.
The student may not be able to join the military as a nurse.
The student may not qualify for entitlement funding.
The student may not be able to continue his/her education and transfer nursing credits to another nursing program.
The student will not be able to be licensed as a nurse in some states, either initially or by reciprocity/endorsement.
It seems that UCC has continued its downward slide after the disastrous Blaine Nisson presidency and the SOWI debacle. What a mess. Too bad for UCC.

st paddy

more like to bad for students

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