Nursing Majors Receive Continuing Accreditation

Published 06.12.2008


Pennsylvania College of Technology's nursing programs have earned reaccreditation from the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission. The next evaluation visit is scheduled for Fall 2015.

Penn College offers associate and bachelor's degrees in nursing, as well as a practical nursing certificate. The NLNAC Board of Commissioners granted continuing accreditation to all three degree programs in February, following an extensive self-study report and an on-site visit by NLNAC program evaluators in October.

The National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission supports the interests of nursing education, nursing practice and the public by the functions of accreditation. Accreditation is a voluntary, self-regulatory process by which nongovernmental associations recognize educational institutions or programs that have been found to meet or exceed standards and criteria for educational quality.

According to NLNAC, accreditation provides recognition that the program has been evaluated and periodically re-evaluated by a qualified, independent group of respected and competent peers who have found it to be meeting appropriate postsecondary, baccalaureate and higher-educational purposes in a satisfactory manner. It fosters ongoing self-examination, re-evaluation and focus on the future.

The NLNAC is nationally recognized by the U.S. Department of Education as the accrediting agency for postsecondary and higher-degree nursing programs. NLNAC provides specialized accreditation for all types of nursing education programs (clinical doctorate, master's, baccalaureate, associate, diploma and practical).

In 2006, 259 baccalaureate, 617 associate-degree and 153 practical-nursing programs held NLNAC accreditation, as did 102 master's programs and 57 diploma programs.

For more information about nursing and other academic programs offered by the School of Health Sciences at Penn College, visit online or call (570) 327-4519. To learn more about Penn College, visit on the Web , e-mail or call toll-free (800) 367-9222.