Future of Fresno State Nursing Master’s Program uncertain amid loss of accreditation


FRESNO, California – The future has become uncertain for 23 students in Fresno State’s Nursing Master’s Program after a loss in the accreditation due to a lack of documentation.

The program, which became accredited back in 1968, has graduated around 1,500 students overall, and 20-30 students each year.

“We were surprised by the recommendation to to withdraw accreditation by the CCNE (Commission of Collegiate Nursing Education),” said College of Health and Human Services Dean Jody Hironaka-Juteau. “A lesson learned not to minimize the importance of reporting back.”

Hironaka-Juteau said CCNE chose to pull accreditation because the program failed to provide data concerning curriculum, clinical experiences, faculty performance, and student placement.

According to Fresno State, this will not impact post-graduates but will impact the current student in the program.

“We are concerned for the current students in the program and we want to do all we can to ensure their success going forward,” said Hironaka-Juteau.

The accreditation has already been pulled for this fall. However, CCNE will be back in September, and will make a decision regarding the future of the program in Spring of 2020.

Students will be able to stay in the program but also have other options.

“Some may choose to take a leave of absence or withdraw from the program,” said Hironaka-Juteau. “We will do all we can to ensure that we support their individual decisions on that.”

Hironaka-Juteau said the nursing program is working with a campus assessment coordinator and an expert in accreditation to ensure the program meets CCNE’s standards.

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