Accreditation at Hondros College OF NURSING

The Hondros College of Nursing Practical Nursing Diploma at Westerville, OH; Fairborn, OH; Independence, OH; and West Chester, OH holds pre-accreditation status from the National League for Nursing Commission for Nursing Education Accreditation, located at 2600 Virginia Avenue, NW, Washington, DC, 20037. Holding pre-accreditation status does not guarantee that initial accreditation by NLN CNEA will be received.

The Hondros College of Nursing Associate Degree in Nursing at Westerville, OH; Fairborn, OH; Independence, OH; and West Chester, OH holds pre-accreditation status from the National League for Nursing Commission for Nursing Education Accreditation, located at 2600 Virginia Avenue, NW, Washington, DC, 20037. Holding pre-accreditation status does not guarantee that initial accreditation by NLN CNEA will be received.

Purpose of Accreditation:

Accreditation is a voluntary system of self-regulation that leads to approval of an educational institution by an officially recognized entity and is designed to evaluate overall educational quality and institutional effectiveness. Accreditation provides assurance that the institution meets nationally established benchmarks and standards. Another significant benefit for students is the availability of federal student financial [Title IV] aid if the student is attending an institution accredited by an agency recognized by the United States Department of Education.

College Accreditation:

Hondros College of Nursing (HCON) is institutionally accredited by the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS) to award diplomas, academic associate degrees, and bachelor degrees. ACICS is a national accrediting agency and is recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA). ACICS is the largest national accrediting body of degree-granting institutions. For more information, go to http://www.acics.org/

On December 12, 2016, the United States Department of Education (US DOE) issued a ruling withdrawing ACICS’s recognition. As a result of the action, institutions accredited by ACICS have eighteen (18) months to receive approval from a new institutional accreditor in order to maintain continued eligibility in Title IV and HEA programs. If an institution does not obtain new institutional accreditation by March 11, 2018, the institution would no longer be eligible for Title IV and/or HEA program funds. Hondros College of Nursing has already started the process of seeking institutional accreditation from another national accreditation agency formally recognized by the US DOE.

Questions regarding overall educational quality or accreditation should be directed to Dr. Jeremy Hoshor-Johnson, Chief Administrative Officer & Provost (jhoshor-johnson@hondros.edu). Questions regarding Title IV eligibility or administration should be directing to Mary Cannon, Director of Financial Aid (mcannon@hondros.edu) or by contacting one of the following regulatory agencies:

  1. USDOE Student Complaint Website: https://answers.ed.gov/
  2. (Ohio) State Board of Career Colleges and Schools: http://scr.ohio.gov/
  3. Ohio Department of Higher Education (RN-BSN): https://www.ohiohighered.org/

National Accreditation vs. Regional Accreditation:

There are two main types of accreditation of post-secondary institutions: regional and national accreditation.

Regional accreditation is granted to an institution by one of six regional accrediting bodies recognized by the United States Department of Education depending on the institution’s location. Regionally accredited institutions tend to place a greater emphasis on academic research and services and less on specific student learning outcomes.

National accreditation is granted to an institution by an agency recognized by the United States Department of Education and is focused on the educational process and student learning outcomes including placement, retention, and licensure pass rates. Nationally accredited institutions predominantly offer career and/or technical programs with a strong emphasis on preparing students for careers and future success in their fields of study.

Programmatic Accreditation:

The baccalaureate degree in nursing program at Hondros College of Nursing is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 530, Washington, DC 20036, (202) 887-6791. CCNE is a national programmatic accrediting agency recognized by the United States Department of Education. As a voluntary, self-regulatory process, CCNE accreditation supports and encourages continuing self-assessment by nursing education programs and supports continuing growth and improvement of collegiate professional education and post-baccalaureate nurse residency programs. For more information, go to http://www.aacn.nche.edu/ccne-accreditation

College Approvals:

Hondros College of Nursing is registered with the State Board of Career Colleges and Schools of Ohio [SBCCS] for the following locations: Westerville Main Campus 13-09-2024T, West Chester Branch Campus 13-09-2027T, Fairborn Branch Campus 13-09-2025T and Independence Branch Campus 13-09-2026T, Maumee TBD. SBCCS monitors and regulates Ohio’s private post-secondary career colleges and schools to ensure compliance with minimum standards as established by Ohio law. For more information, go to www.scr.ohio.gov/

Hondros College of Nursing is authorized by the Ohio Department of Higher Education (ODHE) for the RN-to-BSN program. OBR is a state regulatory agency responsible for monitoring higher education institutions in Ohio. For more information, go to www.ohiohighered.org/

Hondros College of Nursing is approved by the Ohio Board of Nursing [OBN] for the Associate Degree in Nursing and Practical Nursing Diploma programs. The OBN regulates nursing education programs in Ohio that prepare students for initial licensure as a registered nurse or licensed practical nurse. For more information, go to http://www.nursing.ohio.gov/