Students worried about nursing program losing accreditation

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PRATT, Kansas – Students at one community college are worried about their future, after the nursing school lost its accreditation.

“I was really upset, cause this was like, I was done worrying about applying for nursing schools or for schools in general,” said Pratt Community College nursing student Bernice Olvera.

It’s concerning news for some Pratt nursing students learning their college’s nursing program will lose its accreditation at the end of this school year.

“I originally came here because they had a really good nursing school and they were pretty top of the line in everything, now I’m not,” said student Jessica Seifert.

The school first learned the news earlier this year. The program must have a Board pass rate of 85 percent or more to maintain accreditation.

Pratt Community College’s pass rate has been in the sixties for the past three years.

“Unfortunately we were not able to maintain the quality that went along with that growth and lead to our board pass rates being decreased over the last several years,” said Mike Calvert, Pratt Community College president.

The school says it will work to earn back the accreditation, but say it could take four to five years.

“We are going to keep the program and return it to its original quality with the ultimate goal of re-obtaining national accreditation,” said Calvert.

Pratt Community College’s nursing school accreditation runs out in July and students who don’t graduate by then say they’re worried about what comes next.

“It’s hard that we kind of found out this late in the season because now we have to look for other schools and you have to get so many pre-reqs for those other schools and other schools have deadlines that have already past,” said Olvera

Students who graduate this spring will still have an accredited degree, but those just starting their first year in the program will not.

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