SCRANTON – Marywood University and the University of Scranton have announced an agreement that will provide current third-year Marywood nursing students the opportunity to complete their nursing degree with the University of Scranton.
The announcement comes less than a month after the National League of Nursing Accreditation Commission informed Marywood that it was denying continuing accreditation to the university’s nursing program.
Marywood is appealing that decision and also has announced it was reapplying for accreditation with that agency and also with another accrediting association—the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education—or CCNE, which is an arm of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing.
“Our primary concern is our students,” said Marywood University President Sister Anne Munley. “We are most grateful to the president of the University of Scranton and to key administrators and nursing faculty for forging this partnership in the best interest of our students.”
Through the agreement, third-year nursing students in good standing at Marywood can apply for transfer to Scranton’s nursing program based on an evaluation. Accepted students will be have the ability to graduate in May or August of 2014.
University of Scranton President Kevin P. Quinn said, “Knowing the dedication of students who choose the nursing profession, we are pleased to be able to provide an option for Marywood’s current juniors to complete their degree.”
Program accreditation is a voluntary process whereby a college or university asks an independent professional association to review an academic program in order to recognize that the program demonstrates the ability to meet established standards. Even without it, the program can award degrees and its graduates can take the state nursing test and be employed as a nurse in the commonwealth.
While the agreement has been formalized between Marywood and The University of Scranton, other area colleges have been fielding calls from Marywood nursing students about the possibility of transferring. Among them are Wilkes University in Wilkes-Barre and Misericordia University in Dallas Township.
Marywood University spokeswoman Juneann Greco said this agreement will impact 25 students and discussions with The University of Scranton “will best serve our students.
“The articulation agreement will allow our students to complete their degree from an accredited program within very close proximity.”