The College of the Canyons Nursing Program has decided to pursue specialized programmatic accreditation through the National League for Nursing-Commission for Nursing Education Accreditation (NLN-CNEA). The college and nursing program faculty recognize and value the need for achieving this mark of distinction and believe that CNEA accreditation has greater alignment with the quality outcomes of our associate degree nursing (ADN) program curriculum.
The College of the Canyons Nursing Program currently holds specialized programmatic accreditation through the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN).  This current accreditation expires in December 2016, and the college has decided not to pursue reaccreditation through ACEN at the end of the current service period.  Instead, we will be moving towards achieving NLN-CNEA approval.  As the COC Nursing Program transitions accreditation services from ACEN to NLN-CNEA, there will be a gap in time during which the nursing program will not be accredited. This gap in time is to allow for administrative processing of College of the Canyons Nursing Program’s request for recognition of accreditation services through NLN-CNEA.  College of Canyons Nursing Program fully anticipates that the program will receive accreditation through the NLN-CNEA and is working diligently toward that end.  Please note that specialized accreditation is not an expectation but rather a voluntary choice of ADN programs who wish to have this added mark of distinction that demonstrates college, program, and faculty commitment to quality and excellence; current and future students should not be negatively impacted by the college’s transition from ACEN to NLN-CNEA.  The college administration and faculty remain committed to providing excellent nursing education as we pursue recognition by NLN-CNEA.
If you have any additional questions about this change in the College of the Canyons Nursing Program accreditation status during the interim period beginning January 2017, please contact the Nursing Program Director, Mary Corbett, at or 661-362-3042.