Nursing School Struggles with Accreditation

Nursing schools are accredited based on many factors, including staff qualifications, curriculum planning and management, and student resources. They are also critiqued based on the success rate of students attempting to take the nurse licensing exam in their state. For this reason, some smaller schools have a hard time with this step of the process. As one school found out, with smaller class sizes more students need to pass the test to meet the minimum success rates set forth by the accrediting bodies:

BUCKHANNON — The West Virginia Wesleyan College School of Nursing has been given only provisional accreditation for the next school year by the West Virginia Board of Examiners for Registered Professional Nurses.

The provisional status is based on the school of nursing graduate’s test scores on the national licensing exam known as the NCLEX, which graduates must take to become a registered nurse. In choosing to put Wesleyan’s School of Nursing on provisional status, the board looked at test scores for the past three years, according to executive director Laura Rhodes.

The school of nursing did not meet the 80 percent passage rate required, Rhodes said. Dr. Larry Parsons, dean of West Virginia Wesleyan College, said that provisional status is something that other colleges in the state have been placed on and WVWC has received provisional status before as well.

“Every school in this state has gotten provisional status at some time,” he said. Most recently, the School of Nursing at Wesleyan was on provisional status when outgoing president William Haden retired and current president Dr. Pamela Balch came on board, according to Parsons. It was Balch who restarted the nursing program, Parsons said.

Since that time, small class sizes have meant that if two or three people do not pass out of a group of 15 or 20 students, that affects the… read more here.

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