Kim Teodecki
Staff Writer

Lorain County Community College’s nursing program recently received the highest accreditation rating from the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN).

“This means that LCCC has successfully met all six accreditation standards,” said Hope Moon, LCCC interim dean of Allied Health and Nursing.

The change comes as a result of a site visit and self-study executed by ACEN, both submitted in 2014.

LCCC has been evaluated for accreditations since the 1960s, but the last few times the nursing program did not meet all six standards at the time of the survey. As a result, additional work including extra reports and visits from the ACEN were necessary.

“Meeting all six standards took a lot of effort on the part of faculty over the last few years,” Patricia Schrull, Nursing program director at LCCC, said. “It is important that nursing programs be accredited.  Agencies like the Veterans Administration (VA) system will not hire nurses who have not graduated from an accredited program.  So this positive accreditation helps students get nursing positions in government agencies.”

“The accrediting agency has faculty to student ratios which we have to maintain. Currently that ratio is 1:25, one faculty member to 25 students,” said Schrull.

According to Schrull, the nursing program at LCCC accepts 250 new students per semester and currently has around 550 students enrolled.

“We work diligently to assure that our program meets or exceeds accreditation standards that all associate degree nursing programs are held to by ACEN,” said Moon. “This accreditation is a great indication to our students of the high quality of training and preparation they receive to begin their careers as nurses. The staff at LCCC, Medina County University Center and Bowling Green State University combine to provide an outstanding learning experience for students in our area.”

The new accreditation rating will last eight years and has been scheduled for re-evaluation in the fall of 2022.