In life-or-death situations, nurses quickly react. Some of the 117 students in the Marywood University nursing program are following that protocol after they learned their program has lost its accreditation.
Multiple nursing programs at other area colleges have reported getting calls from nursing students or their parents in the weeks since Marywood announced that the National League of Nursing Accreditation Commission denied continuing accreditation to the program immediately. The school is appealing that decision and has said it would apply for accreditation with that organization and another, but students aren’t waiting.
Mary Ann Merrigan, associate dean of the school of nursing at Wilkes University, said the program has been contacted by Marywood students about possibly transferring to Wilkes.
Misericordia University has reported similar inquiries. “According to our admissions department, Misericordia has received numerous applications and inquiries for all levels of our nursing program from Marywood nursing students,” said spokesman Paul Krzywicki.
At Wilkes, which typically has a policy that denies students from transferring in their nursing credits, Merrigan said this situation might call for a suspension of that policy. “Those students have special circumstances,” she said.
But just because they apply, it won’t mean they’ll get in or that their credits will transfer. “They’ll need to take exams and validate their nursing knowledge,” Merrigan said.
“I feel very badly for their faculty, for their students,” she added. Merrigan said she is not versed in the details that cost the Marywood program its accreditation, but noted, “The hope is that Marywood will be able to win its appeal and have its accreditation status reversed.”
In the meantime, sources have said Marywood officials are in discussions with at least one area college for an “articulation agreement” for nursing students. Such an agreement would mean Marywood juniors in good standing could transfer many, if not all, of their credits to another school and would graduate from its accredited nursing program.