Statement of Accreditation Status

Pennsylvania College of Health Sciences

  • CEO: Dr. Mary Grace Simcox, President
  • Accreditation Liaison Officer: Dr. Deanna Achorn
  • Commission Staff Liaison: Dr. Anne Wahl, Vice President
  • Carnegie Classification: Special Focus Four-Year: Other Health Professions Schools » Four-year, small, primarily nonresidential
  • Control: Private (Non-Profit)
  • Former Name(s): Lancaster General College of Nursing and Health Sciences (8/5/2013)
  • Phase: Accredited
  • Status: Accreditation Reaffirmed
  • Candidacy Granted: 2003
  • Accreditation Granted: June 22, 2006
  • Last Reaffirmation: 2021
  • Next Self-Study Evaluation: 2028-2029

Contact Information

850 Greenfield Road
Lancaster, PA 17601

(800) 622-5443

pacollege.edu

  • September 25, 2023
    To acknowledge receipt of the teach-out plan and teach-out agreement. To approve the teach-out agreement with Saint Joseph's University, Philadelphia, PA. The purpose of the teach-out is to provide for the equitable treatment of students to complete their education or transfer to a new institution as a result of the transaction. To require that the institution complete and submit for approval, due June 3, 2024, an updated teach-out plan that must include: (1) evidence that required notifications to all relevant stakeholders have taken place; (2) evidence that student records have been transferred to the final repository; (3) evidence of the release of transcripts; (4) evidence that communications regarding student records has occurred; (5) documentation outlining State and federal requirements for the type of teach-out plan; and (6) documentation of the status of the charter or DGA. To note that Pennsylvania College of Health Sciences accreditation will cease on August 31, 2024. As of September 1, 2024, Pennsylvania College of Health Sciences will no longer be accredited. To note the transfer of Pennsylvania College of Health Sciences student records, programs, and services to Saint Joseph's University. To note that Saint Joseph's University has been designated as the repository of all Pennsylvania College of Health Science student records. To require notification when student records have been transferred to Saint Joseph's University by email to [email protected]. To note the action for Saint Joseph's University on September 25, 2023.
  • September 25, 2023
    To acknowledge receipt of the complex substantive change request. To include the change in legal status, form of control, and ownership within the institution's scope of accreditation, effective January 3, 2024. To note the complex substantive change request includes the merger of Pennsylvania College of Health Sciences with St. Joseph's University, effective, January 3, 2024, the anticipated date of the transaction. To require notification of the date of the closing of the transaction within five calendar days of the transaction by email to [email protected] or, if there is a subsequent delay in the anticipated date of the closing of the transaction, to require immediate notification to the Commission of the revised anticipated transaction date. To note that Saint Joseph's University is the surviving institution. To further note that Pennsylvania College of Health Sciences accreditation will cease effective August 31, 2024. To note Pennsylvania College of Health Sciences will maintain accreditation for the sole purpose of implementing the teach-out plan and agreements and to effectuate the change in ownership process with the United States Department of Education per the United States Department of Education's Updated Guidance and Procedures for Changes in Ownership, dated September 15, 2022 (Electronic Announcement ID: GENERAL-22-70). To note that written approval from the following agency has been received: Office of Pennsylvania Attorney General, Orphan's Court. To request a complex substantive change supplemental information report, due June 3 2024, providing (1) the updated status of the complex substantive change; (Complex Substantive Change Policy and Procedures); (2) update on the date Pennsylvania College of Health Science's degree granting authority will cease (Requirement of Affiliation 1); (3) written evidence of approvals from all necessary licensing, regulatory, or other legal entities as necessary, including the United States Department of Education, the Pennsylvania Department of Education, and Pennsylvania State Board of Nursing (Standard II). To remind the institution of its obligation to immediately inform the Commission about any and all developments relevant to this action. To note that the Commission reserves the right to rescind this action if any developments reveal additional information that might have affected the Commission's decision and/or the requested substantive change is not implemented within one calendar year from the date of this action. To note the action for Saint Joseph's University on September 25, 2023.
  • June 24, 2021
    To acknowledge receipt of the self-study report. To note that the institution hosted a virtual site visit in lieu of an on-site visit in accordance with the United States Department of Education (USDE) guidelines published March 17, 2020. To reaffirm accreditation. To note that a verification visit is required by USDE guidelines and will be conducted within a reasonable period of time following the virtual site visit. The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2028-2029.
  • April 30, 2019
    To acknowledge receipt of the substantive change request. To include the first Post-Master's Certificate program (Post-Master's Certificate in Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner) within the institution's scope of accreditation. To note the Commission may rescind this action if the requested substantive change is not implemented within one calendar year from the date of this action.
  • April 30, 2019
    To acknowledge receipt of the substantive change request. To include the second Post-Master's Certificate program (Post-Master's Certificate in Family/Individual Across the Lifespan) within the institution's scope of accreditation. To note the Commission may rescind this action if the requested substantive change is not implemented within one calendar year from the date of this action. The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2020-2021.
  • May 1, 2017
    To acknowledge receipt of the substantive change request. To include the first Doctor's - Professional Practice program (Doctor of Nursing Practice- DNP) within the scope of the institution's accreditation. The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2020-2021.
  • November 17, 2016
    To accept the Periodic Review Report, to reaffirm accreditation and to commend the institution for the quality of the Periodic Review Report and process. The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2020-2021.
  • June 23, 2016
    To note the visit by the Commission's representative and to affirm inclusion of the relocation of the main campus from 410 North Lime Street, Lancaster, PA 17602 to 850 Greenfield Road, Lancaster, PA 17601 and to include the new campus within the scope of the institution's accreditation. To note that the Commission will act on the Periodic Review Report at its November meeting.
  • January 4, 2016
    To acknowledge receipt of the substantive change request. To approve the relocation of the main campus from 410 North Lime Street, Lancaster, PA 17602 to 850 Greenfield Road, Lancaster, PA 17601 to include the new campus provisionally within the scope of the institution's accreditation pending a site visit within six months of the commencement of operations. The Commission requires written notification within thirty days of the commencement of operations. In the event that operations at this location do not commence within one calendar year from the approval of this action, approval will lapse. The Periodic Review Report is due June 1, 2016.
  • September 2, 2014
    To acknowledge receipt of the substantive change request. To include the Professional Certificates (<1 year) in Healthcare Administration and Foundation for Health Informatics within the scope of the institution's accreditation. The Periodic Review Report is due June 1, 2016.
  • June 30, 2014
    To acknowledge receipt of the substantive change request. To include the Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) and Master of Science in Health Science (MSHS) programs within the scope of the institution's accreditation. The Periodic Review Report is due June 1, 2016.
  • April 29, 2013
    To acknowledge receipt of the substantive change request and to include the online Bachelor of Science in Nursing and the online Bachelor of Science in Healthcare Administration degree programs within the scope of the institution's accreditation. The Periodic Review Report is due June 1, 2016.
  • June 23, 2011
    To reaffirm accreditation and to commend the institution for progress to date and for the quality of the self-study process and report. The Periodic Review Report is due June 1, 2016.
  • Distance Education
    Approved to offer programs by this delivery method
  • Correspondence Education
    Not approved for this delivery method

Approved Credential Levels

The following represents credential levels included in the scope of the institution’s accreditation:

  • Postsecondary award (< 1 year) Included within the scope
  • Postsecondary award (1-2 years) Included within the scope
  • Associate's Degree or Equivalent Included within the scope
  • Bachelor's Degree or Equivalent Included within the scope
  • Master's Degree or Equivalent Included within the scope
  • Post-Master's Certificate Included within the scope
  • Doctor's Degree - Professional Practice Included within the scope to offer ONE program: Doctor of Nursing Practice- DNP
  • Main Campus
    Pennsylvania College of Health Sciences
    850 Greenfield Road
    Lancaster, PA 17601

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