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Lehman College Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) Program CCNE Accreditation FAQs

Click Here To Open I sat for the ANCC exam and completed all of my course work and clinicals prior to Nov. 20, 2020. Can I still obtain my degree and receive my ANCC certification? (Dec. 2)

A: Yes. The University registrar has confirmed that those MS-FNP students who have: 1.) completed all course work and clinicals; and 2.) sat for the ANCC exam prior to Nov. 20, 2020, will be conferred as of Nov. 19, 2020. This would allow these 15 students, if all other eligibility requirements have been met, to receive their diploma, which makes them eligible to receive their ANCC certificate.

Click Here To Open Can we opt to not graduate until Lehman regains CCNE accreditation? (Updated Dec. 15)

A: Those students who are scheduled to graduate in January will now have the opportunity to sit for the ANCC exam after a Dec. 11 decision by the CCNE Board. Students who graduate from Lehman College’s master’s degree program in nursing between Nov. 20, 2020 and March 1, 2021 will be considered to have graduated from a CCNE-accredited program. Any master’s degree nursing students who graduate after the new effective date will not have graduated from a CCNE-accredited program until and unless the program is successful upon re-application and is awarded accreditation by CCNE in the future, in which case the accreditation action would become effective as of the first day of the program’s future on-site evaluation that precedes the Board’s future decision-making meeting, in accordance with the CCNE Procedures for Accreditation of Baccalaureate and Graduate Nursing Programs (page 18). For those students who are set to graduate in May 2021 and after, and opt to postpone their graduation, be advised that if you are not in attendance at the College, your student loan payments will start to come due 6 months after non-attendance.

Click Here To OpenWhy was Lehman College’s Master of Science-FNP program accreditation by the Commission on Collegiate Nurse Education (CCNE) withdrawn? (Added Nov. 25)

A: CCNE requires a certification pass rate of 80 percent or higher in order for institutions to continue their accreditation. While Lehman College’s MS-FNP program has made significant and continuous improvement on its ANCC exam pass rates over the past two years--it achieved a 78 percent pass rate for calendar year 2019--the program remained two percentage points short of the required 80 percent pass rate and CCNE notified Lehman College in June that accreditation of the program was withdrawn. Lehman College appealed that decision, based on the grounds that the ruling was arbitrary and capricious.

Click Here To Open What happens now? (Added Nov. 25)

A: While CCNE has made a final determination, the College’s position remains the same. We believe a good cause extension should be granted, that  CCNE’s own bylaws and policies support such a determination, and that the U.S. Department of Education’s current rules also support this argument. We are exploring every course of action available to us to see that a good cause extension is granted. In the meantime, students should proceed as if the final determination will stand.

Click Here To OpenIs the loss of CCNE accreditation effective immediately? (NEW! Dec. 15)

A: While the initial withdrawal took effect Nov. 20, 2020, on Dec. 11, 2020, the CCNE Board voted to amend the effective date of the withdrawal decision from Nov. 20, 2020 to March 1, 2021. Therefore, students who graduate from Lehman College’s master’s degree program in nursing between Nov. 20, 2020 and March 1, 2021, will be considered to have graduated from a CCNE-accredited program.

Click Here To Open What did Lehman College do in response to the withdrawal? (Added Nov. 25)

A: Lehman College appealed CCNE Board’s June 2020 decision to withdrawal its accreditation, arguing that the program’s continuous improvement efforts regarding certification pass rate and how close the program is to meeting the 80 percent pass rate, along with its success in addressing all other compliance concerns and the potential harm to students and the public if accreditation is withdrawn were all important reasons CCNE should grant a good cause extension of the time period for achievement of compliance.

Click Here To Open Does this mean that Lehman’s MS-FNP program is no longer accredited? (Added Nov. 25)

A: Lehman’s MS-FNP program remains nationally accredited by the New York State Education Department (NYSED) Office of the Professions, which is a U.S. Department of Education-recognized nursing accrediting body through 2027. See NYSED’s Dec. 1 confirmation that Lehman’s Master of Nursing program is accredited by the NYSED Office of the Professions.

A: Lehman College has an obligation to inform students in the MS-FNP program and applicants to the program of the adverse action made on Nov. 20, 2020, which it did on Nov. 21, 2020. Because Lehman College appealed the CCNE Board’s June 2020 decision to deny accreditation, the Board’s June 2020 action remained confidential.

Click Here To Open Does Lehman intend on re-applying for CCNE accreditation of its Family Nurse Practitioner program? (Updated Dec. 15)

A: We are considering our accreditation options. CCNE will not consider a reapplication from an institution offering a program that has had its accreditation withdrawn for a period of six months from the time a final action is determined by CCNE.

Click Here To Open What impact does accreditation withdrawal have on my degree? (Added Nov. 25)

A: Lehman College is accredited by Middle States and the MS-FNP remains accredited by the NYSED Office of the Professions, which is a U.S. Department of Education-recognized accreditor, through 2027. Credits earned by MS-FNP students still apply toward graduation and every student who graduates from the program will have their licenses amended to reflect their FNP status upon graduation. The MS-FNP or Post-Master’s Certificate in FNP will continue to be awarded by Lehman College.

Click Here To Open Can I still sit for the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) exam in December?(Updated Dec. 15)

A: At its Dec. 11 meeting, the Board voted to amend the effective date of the withdrawal decision from Nov. 20, 2020 to March 1, 2021. Therefore, students who graduate from Lehman College’s master’s degree program in nursing between Nov. 20, 2020 and the new effective date will be considered to have graduated from a CCNE-accredited program. Any master’s degree nursing students who graduate after the new effective date will not have graduated from a CCNE-accredited program until and unless the program is successful upon re-application and is awarded accreditation by CCNE in the future, in which case the accreditation action would become effective as of the first day of the program’s future on-site evaluation that precedes the Board’s future decision-making meeting, in accordance with the CCNE Procedures for Accreditation of Baccalaureate and Graduate Nursing Programs.

Click Here To Open I sat for and already passed the ANCC exam, and am scheduled to complete my degree in December. Will I be certified upon graduation? (Added Nov. 25)

A: We are getting clarification on this matter and will inform students as soon as we have more information.

Click Here To Open What will happen to my ANCC application and payment that was sent for the certification exam?  (Added Nov. 25)

A. For those of you who have already registered to sit for the ANCC exam and are no longer eligible to take the test due to CCNE’s accreditation withdrawal, we will refund any portion of the fee that ANCC has deemed non-refundable. We are working to establish a process for this and will update you once we have completed that process.

Click Here To Open If sitting for the ANCC exam is a requirement for graduation and I can no longer take the exam because of the accreditation withdrawal, how can I still graduate? (Added Nov. 25)

A. Lehman College has requested a waiver from this requirement from CUNY Central. Students will be able to graduate in spite of their inability to sit for the ANCC exam.

Click Here To Open What options do students enrolled in the MS-FNP program have to receive national certification? (Updated Dec. 15)

A: Lehman College is awaiting a decision from the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners Certification Board (AANPCB) that may allow Lehman MS-FNP students who continue taking courses in the FNP curriculum to be eligible to sit for the AANPCB exam for FNPs. At its Dec. 11 meeting, the CCNE Board voted to amend the effective date of the withdrawal decision from Nov. 20, 2020 to March 1, 2021. Therefore, students who graduate from Lehman College’s master’s degree program in nursing between Nov. 20, 2020 and the new effective date will be considered to have graduated from a CCNE-accredited program. Any master’s degree nursing students who graduate after the new effective date will not have graduated from a CCNE-accredited program until and unless the program is successful upon re-application and is awarded accreditation by CCNE in the future, in which case the accreditation action would become effective as of the first day of the program’s future on-site evaluation that precedes the Board’s future decision-making meeting, in accordance with the CCNE Procedures for Accreditation of Baccalaureate and Graduate Nursing Programs.

Click Here To Open If granted approval, when would Lehman MS-FNP students be able to sit for the AANPCB exam? (Updated Dec. 1)

A: We have requested confirmation from the AANPCB that since the New York State Education Department Office of the Professions is a U.S DOE National Nursing Accrediting Agency, our students should be allowed to take the certifying exam for FNP.

Click Here To Open Will this have an impact on my ability to gain employment as an FNP in New York State or nationally? (Added Nov. 25)

A: Although NYS does not required national certification for license amendment to FNP, most health care employers either desire or require national certification. No specific employment differentiation between certifying agencies has been noted.

Click Here To Open What is the American Association of Nurse Practitioners Certification Board (AANPCB)?(Updated Dec. 1)

A: The AANPCB offers accredited FNP, A-GNP and ENP national certification examinations.

Click Here To Open How is an AANPCB certification different from an ANCC certification? (Updated Dec. 1)

A: They are both national certification organizations and recognized as such. ANCC offers certification for registered nurses (psychiatric-mental health, pediatrics, and informatics for example) and advanced practice nurses, while AANPCB offers certification examinations for Family NPs, Adult-Gerontology Primary Care NPs, and Emergency NPs.

Click Here To Open What’s the AANPCB-FNP certification exam criteria? (Updated Dec. 1)

A: The AANPCB FNP certification examination criteria can be found on the AANPCB website.

Click Here To Open Can I transfer to another an FNP program at another College that is CCNE accredited? (Updated Dec. 10)

A: The transfer of Lehman College credits would have to be approved by the transferring institution, but generally colleges accept a maximum number of credits for grades of B or higher for courses that have been completed within the past five years. No other CUNY college has an FNP program. SUNY Downstate, in Brooklyn, has an FNP program. Lehman will support assist students interested in transferring to another FNP program that is CCNE accredited. The University dean is assisting Lehman in identifying other area FNP programs that students may consider transferring to. We are awaiting confirmation on the number of credits that may be transferred over 12 credits.

Click Here To Open How many students are in the FNP program?  (Updated Dec. 11)

A:There are approximately 220 students in the program, with 43 set to complete the program in December 2020 and graduate in January 2021.

Click Here To Open Would students in this program be eligible for other nursing programs at Lehman which would result in a degree with the same or increased value as the master’s program?  (Added Nov. 25)

A: Currently the Nursing Department at Lehman College offers the MS-FNP, Post-MS Certificate FNP and a Doctor of Nursing Practice. Students may be eligible to transfer into the DNP program. Admission requirements can be found here.

Click Here To Open What about Lehman MS-FNP students who have already been certified by the CCNE? Do they lose their certification? (Added Nov. 25)

A: No, these students were certified while Lehman’s FNP program was accredited by the CCNE. Program graduates who have sat for the exam and earned their certification will not lose their certification.

Click Here To Open Does the loss of this accreditation in any way have an impact on Lehman’s other nursing programs? (Added Nov. 25)

A: No. The loss of CCNE accreditation is limited to the MS-FNP program. The Department of Nursing’s Doctor of Nurse Practitioner (DNP) program, launched earlier this year, is not yet eligible to apply for accreditation.

Click Here To Open Which credentialing body is Lehman seeking accreditation from for the Doctor of Nursing Program? (Added Nov. 25)

A: The DNP program is not yet eligible for accreditation; however, we anticipate seeking accreditation from CCNE or another body that accredits Doctor of Nursing Practice programs.

Click Here To Open If Lehman regains the CCNE accreditation after our graduation date will we be allowed to take the certification exam in the future? (Added Nov. 30)

A: Yes, the CCNE accreditation is one of the agencies required to take the AANPCB and AANP certification exams for FNP.

Click Here To Open Will students who are currently in the program be covered if the accreditation is reinstated in 6 months?  (Added Nov. 30)

A: The Department of Nursing can re-apply for CCNE accreditation in 6 months.  Accreditation is a process and a decision would not be made until after submission of a new self-study report by the Department of Nursing and review by CCNE.

Click Here To Open I’ve already registered with the ANCC to take the exam. Can I get a refund? (Added Nov. 30)

A: If you have already registered to sit for the ANCC exam and are no longer eligible to take the test due to the withdrawal of CCNE’s accreditation, we will refund any portion of the fee that ANCC has deemed non-refundable. We are working to establish a process for this and will update you once we have established that process.

Click Here To Open If I still need to go to my clinicals, what should I tell my preceptor? (Added Nov. 30)

A: Your clinical practicum is not impacted by our CCNE accreditation status. The program is still accredited by the NYSED Office of the Professions through 2027.

Do you have questions about the FNP program that are not answered here? Email them to Lehman.FNPInfo@lehman.cuny.edu and we will update the list.