Statement of Accreditation Status

Pennsylvania College of Health Sciences

  • CEO: Dr. Mary Grace Simcox, President
  • Accreditation Liaison Officer: Dr. Penni Longenecker
  • Commission Staff Liaison: Dr. Anne Wahl, Vice President
  • Carnegie Classification: Special Focus Four-Year: Other Health Professions Schools » Four-year, very 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: 2006
  • Last Reaffirmation: 2021
  • Next Self-Study Evaluation: 2028-2029
  • Next Mid-Point Peer Review: 2025

Contact Information

850 Greenfield Road
Lancaster, PA 17601

(800) 622-5443

pacollege.edu

  • The following represents the MSCHE accreditation actions taken in the last ten (10) years.
  • 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.
  • 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 yrs) 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
  • Other Instructional Site
    Penn Medicine Academy
    1500 Market Street
    Philadelphia, PA 19102

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