Statement of Accreditation Status

    The Statement of Accreditation Status (SAS) is the official statement of the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE) about each institution’s current accreditation status and scope of accreditation. The SAS also provides a brief history of the actions taken by the Commission.

  • Institution:
    St. Joseph’s College of Nursing
    Syracuse, NY
  • Chief Executive Officer:
    Dr. Marianne Markowitz, Vice President/Dean
  • Carnegie Classification:
    Special Focus Two-Year: Health Professions » Two-year, very small
  • Control:
    Private (Non-Profit)
  • Address:
    206 Prospect Avenue
    Syracuse, NY 13203
  • Phone:
    (315) 448-5040
  • URL:
  • Accreditation Liaison Officer (ALO):
    Dr. Marianne Markowitz
  • Commission Staff Liaison:
    Dr. Robert Bonfiglio, Vice President

Accreditation Summary

For more information, see the Commission’s Accreditation Actions Policy and Procedures.

  • Phase: Accredited
  • Status: Accreditation Reaffirmed
  • Candidate Status Granted: 2008
  • Accreditation Granted: 2012
  • Last Reaffirmation: 2017
  • Next Self-Study Evaluation: 2025-2026
  • Next Mid-Point Peer Review: 2022

Alternative Delivery Methods

The following represents approved alternative delivery methods included in the scope of the institution’s accreditation:

Distance Education
Not approved for this delivery method

Correspondence Education
Not approved for this delivery method

Credential Levels

Approved Credential Levels

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

  • Associate's Degree or Equivalent


The following represents branch campuses, additional locations, and other instructional sites that are included within the scope of the institution’s accreditation:

Location Type

Definitions: For definitions of branch campus, additional locations, or other instructional sites, see the Commission’s Substantive Change Policy and Procedures.

Accreditation Actions

The following represents the MSCHE accreditation actions taken in the last ten (10) years. For more information, see the Commission’s Accreditation Actions Policy and Procedures and the Substantive Change Policy and Procedures.

  • April 16, 2020
    To acknowledge receipt of formal written notice from the institution in response to the Commission’s request of March 9, 2020. To temporarily waive Substantive Change Policy and Procedures and allow the use of distance education to accommodate students impacted by coronavirus (COVID-19) interruptions, in accordance with United States Department of Education (USDE) guidelines published March 5, 2020. Continued use of distance education beyond the limitations of USDE guidelines will require substantive change approval in accordance with Substantive Change Policy and Procedures. This flexibility is not available for clock-hour courses that lead to licensure if the licensing body will not accept distance learning courses or hours or give credit for them toward the number of hours a student must complete. The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2025-2026.
  • June 21, 2018
    To accept the progress report. The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2025-2026.
  • June 22, 2017
    To reaffirm accreditation and to request a progress report, due April 1, 2018, documenting further evidence of strategies to measure and assess the level of, and efficient utilization of, institutional resources required to support the institution's mission and goals. (Standard 3). The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2025-2026.
  • November 15, 2012
    To grant accreditation. The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2016-2017.
  • March 1, 2012
    To defer initial accreditation. To note that the institution remains in Candidate for Accreditation Status pending further action by the Commission, which must be taken no later than March 13, 2013 (five years from the date Candidate for Accreditation Status was granted on March 13, 2008), and to note that any and all Commission actions relative to candidacy and initial accreditation must be taken by that date. To request that the institution submit a revised self-study document in preparation for an evaluation visit that will be scheduled no later than December 15, 2012. The revised self-study document should respond specifically to the concerns of the evaluation team including: college-specific audited information (Standard 3), revisions to the Governing Board by-laws (Standard 4), implementation of general education assessment (Standards 12, 14) and further development and implementation of an organized and sustained process to evaluate and improve student learning (Standard 14), as well as updates, as appropriate, with regard to all other standards.
  • January 13, 2011
    To grant the institution a one-year extension on the self-study. The self-study year will be 2011-2012 with an evaluation team visit occurring during the fall semester 2011 or the spring semester 2012. To note that Candidate for Accreditation status is an indication that the institution is progressing toward, but is not assured of, accreditation.

Information about the Middle States Commission on Higher Education

The Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE) is one of seven institutional accrediting organizations in the United States and is recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA). MSCHE accreditation applies to an institution as a whole rather than the specific programs within an institution. MSCHE does not approve or accredit individual programs. The MSCHE accreditation review cycle is continuous and accreditation does not expire. Each institution is reevaluated and monitored on a regular and consistent basis in accordance with the institution’s assigned accreditation review cycle and Commission policy and procedures. An institution maintains its accreditation unless it is voluntarily surrendered or withdrawn by the Commission for cause, after the institution has been afforded due process. The institution’s current accreditation phase and accreditation status are displayed on the institution’s listing in the Institution Directory and in the Statement of Accreditation Status (SAS).