What is Accreditation?
Accreditation is an indicator of educational quality.
Accrediting agencies are independent organizations that set standards for educational quality. An accredited institution or program continually demonstrates that it meets these standards. Additionally, institutions that are accredited by an agency recognized by the United States Department of Education are able to provide federal student financial aid (Title IV).
Questions regarding accreditation should be directed to Adam Bulizak, Dean, Accreditation and Compliance. Questions regarding Title IV eligibility or administration should be directed to Dr. Gregory Guzmán, Vice President of Financial Aid Services and Government Relations.
Hondros College of Nursing is institutionally accredited by the Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools (ABHES). The Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools is recognized by the United States Department of Education.
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There are two types of institutional accreditation: national accreditation, and regional accreditation. Institutions that are regionally accredited tend to emphasize academic research rather than specific student learning outcomes. Institutions that are nationally accredited tend to focus on student learning outcomes, like retention, licensure pass rates, and career placement. Nationally accredited institutions predominantly offer programs that prepare students to enter a specific career. ABHES is a health education-focused national accreditor, which aligns with Hondros College of Nursing’s mission to prepare students for future nursing careers.
Disclosure of Program Specific Warnings
On February 16, 2023, the Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools (“ABHES”) notified Hondros College of Nursing (“the College”) that ABHES has placed four locations of the College’s Practical Nursing diploma program on Program Specific Warning because of the programs’ retention rates: Fairborn, OH Non-Main Campus; Independence, OH Non-Main Campus; West Chester, OH Non-Main Campus; and Westerville, OH Main Campus. As a result of these Program Specific Warnings, the College is required to prepare Teach-Out Plans for the Practical Nursing programs at each of these campuses.
The College also is required to submit a response to ABHES in May 2023 regarding its action plan and progress toward achieving compliance with ABHES requirements. ABHES will review the College’s submission at its July 2023 meeting and assess the College’s progress toward attaining compliance. Absent a good cause extension, failure to attain compliance with ABHES requirements by the July 2023 meeting may result in additional action by ABHES, such as limiting or suspending new program enrollments or withdrawing approval for the Practical Nursing program at the relevant campuses. If ABHES were to withdraw approval, the College would teach-out the program for current students and help such students to complete their programs, which the College has explained in the Teach-Out Plan provided to ABHES.
The College is working to address ABHES requirements with respect to the Program Specific Warnings. For additional information, please contact email@example.com.
National League for Nursing Commission for Nursing Education Accreditation
Individual programs within an institution can also seek programmatic accreditation, an additional mark of quality from an accrediting organization focused specifically on a particular field of study.
The Hondros College of Nursing Practical Nursing program is accredited by the National League for Nursing Commission for Nursing Education Accreditation (NLN CNEA) located at 2600 Virginia Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20037.
NLN CNEA accreditation applies to the Practical Nursing program as delivered at the Westerville, OH main campus and the Akron, OH, Fairborn, OH, Independence, OH, Indianapolis, IN, Maumee, OH, and West Chester, OH non-main campuses.
Hondros College of Nursing’s Westerville (Columbus) main campus (#2024), West Chester (Cincinnati) non-main campus (#2027), Fairborn (Dayton) non-main campus (#2025), Independence (Cleveland) non-main campus (#2026), Maumee (Toledo) non-main campus (#2038), Akron non-main campus (#2187) are approved by the Ohio State Board of Career Colleges and Schools. 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, visit https://www.scr.ohio.gov/.
Hondros College of Nursing is approved by the Ohio Board of Nursing (OBN) for the Practical Nursing diploma and Associate Degree in Nursing 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, visit https://www.nursing.ohio.gov/.
Hondros College of Nursing’s Indianapolis (non-main) campus is authorized by the Indiana Board for Proprietary Education (IBPE), 101 West Ohio Street, Suite 300, Indianapolis, IN 46204-4206. The IBPE authorizes all accredited Indiana proprietary institutions, and is charged with protecting and informing the public at large. For more information, visit https://www.in.gov/bpe/.
Hondros College of Nursing received initial accreditation for the Practical Nursing diploma program from the Indiana State Board of Nursing (ISBN), 402 West Washington Street, Room W072, Indianapolis, Indiana 46204. For more information, visit https://www.in.gov/pla/nursing.htm.
Hondros College of Nursing is approved by the Michigan Department of Labor and Economic Opportunity (LEO), 201 N. Washington Square, Lansing, Michigan 48913, (517) 335‐5858. LEO drives economic opportunity, employment and training, and workforce development in the State of Michigan. For more information, visit https://www.michigan.gov/leo.
The Practical Nursing program received initial approval from the Michigan Board of Nursing, 611 W Ottawa St, Lansing, MI 48933. For more information, visit https://www.michigan.gov/lara/bureau-list/bpl/health/hp-lic-health-prof/nursing.
National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements Approval
Hondros College of Nursing operates under the approval of the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements. State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (SARA) simplify the process for students to take an online course for credit offered by an institution located in another state. An up-to-date list of states participating in SARA can be found on the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements website.
Students with a concern or issue should first attempt to resolve it with the College, per the procedures published in the Student Catalog. Students located in SARA-participating states who feel that their concern was not adequately addressed by the institution may appeal to the SARA portal entity for Ohio, the Ohio Department of Higher Education, using the Department’s complaint website. Complaints related to grades or student conduct will not be considered, nor will complaints related to situations that occurred more than two years ago.