The Oregon Health & Science University drew criticism from state regulators about two of the school’s online degree programs. The school quickly stopped admissions per state recommendations and began the process of correcting the areas in question.
According to reports, the nursing school is responsible for the education of much of the nurse population in the state, so it was important that the programs offered to students were sounds. The two programs were for nurse practitioners, a critical role in healthcare. Nurse practitioners make diagnoses and are allowed to write prescriptions for patients, so the matter was considered one of public safety and added to the urgency for corrective measures to begin immediately.
Among the problems corrected by the nursing school included making the online curriculum heavier and more suited for the type of programming involved, as well as staff changes and training. There was a report from the review team that one of the nursing school’s instructors was not qualified to do the job he was tasked to do. Other problems included an apparent lack of faculty recognition that some students were unhappy at the school and that the school failed to tell students if their background check results would prevent them from becoming licensed after they completed their degree.
Many reported that the problems at the nursing school were the result of internal quarrels and divisiveness. The dean of the school resigned in November and a visit by regulators found the nursing school’s overall attitude to be one of denial and irresponsibility.
Although quick corrective action is being taken, the online nursing classes will probably be unavailable to students until sometime next year, thought he school has been praised for such a deliberate and swift response to the issues that were raised by the state.