Umpqua Community College nursing students Olivia Tatum and Joshua Kupelian set up an IV drip during a class at UCC on April 22.

Umpqua Community College students who graduated with a nursing degree say they were not informed how the program ending its national accreditation would impact them.

UCC decided to forego its national accreditation weeks before graduation in 2018, but remains approved by the Oregon State Board of Nursing.

Graduates from the 2018 class were no longer able to work at the Roseburg Veterans Affairs Medical Center, because federal institutions require nurses to be nationally accredited. UCC graduates said they were not notified of the change until about a month after graduation.

The college released a statement following those claims, which said students were notified immediately after the program decided to end its national accreditation.

UCC nursing administrators said having two elected student representatives on the advisory committee should have been enough to inform the students.

UCC announced in November 2019 that it plans to expand its nursing program, and when the nursing program demonstrates growth, the college will seek national accreditation again — if community partners will fund the additional position to do so.

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Numerous former staff have left UCC due to poor decisions like this.


UCC has made so many poor decisions in these last few years that attempts to raise money through the ballot process will be negatively affected.


It was utterly irresponsible for UCC to allow accreditation to lapse. The consequences for the students/graduates are devastating, and were easily predictable. When one enrolls in an accredited program, it is a reasonable assumption that the institution is obligated to try to remain accredited.


Dear Citizen Joe - the News Review continues to choose not to print the whole story. The accreditation did NOT lapse. The decision was made to forego the accreditation because it did not benefit the students and actually took faculty’s focus away from the students. This decision was made with expert input. The national accreditation did little for the students. This decision was made with careful thought and consideration. This decision does not truly impact the UCC nursing students or graduates. The Roseburg VA can hire UCC nursing graduates if they chose to do so. In fact, the VA staff told UCC that the accreditation was no longer needed to hire graduates before the decision was finalized. The VA prefers to hire bachelor prepared nurses - UCC nursing graduates are automatically enrolled in OHSU’s nursing school when they are admitted to UCC’s nursing program. They can complete their BSN seamlessly from UCC. The students that graduate from UCC can be hired in any state in the USA. The 8 year approval by the OSBN that UCC’s nursing program just received is the maximum that a program can receive in the state. It is a shining moment in the program’s history. I can assure you that the staff and faculty at UCC’s nursing program are committed to the success of it’s graduates.

It’s a shame that the News Review just keeps hitting the write and repeat button on this half told story. I wonder when they can let it go and move on. The recent UCC nursing graduates have joined the ranks of UCC nurse alumni and are caring for our community in amazing fashion. If you need their care you will see what I mean!

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