By SCOTT JACKSON
Quincy College will appeal a state board’s decision to withdraw approval for its associate degree in nursing and practical nursing programs and has promised to work with students so they can transfer to other schools and carry over their credits.
The state Board of Registration in Nursing on Wednesday voted to withdraw approval for Quincy College’s nursing programs. As part of that decision, students in the associate degree in nursing program who complete their degree requirements during the spring 2018 semester will still be able to take the national licensure exam. Students in the practical nursing program who complete their degree requirements prior to Aug. 1 will likewise be eligible to take the national licensure test.
Peter Tsaffaras, the school’s president, lodged an appeal of the board’s decision immediately following Wednesday’s vote. He began meeting with nursing students on the school’s Quincy campus that day, while other college officials met with students on the Plymouth campus. Similar meetings will be held over the next several days.
Tsaffaras, in an open letter to the college community, said administrators have begun looking into the possibility of transitioning students in the associate degree in nursing program who would not be eligible to take the national licensure test to other schools. Schools administrators, he said, are committed to ensuring students receive full credit for all coursework complete at Quincy College.
“Quincy College’s students have always been and always will be our foremost priority,” Tsaffaras said. “We share their concern and are committed to working with them to ensure they can pursue their course of study – here or through an appropriate partner institution.
“Our entire leadership team has been collaborating across divisions to remedy these circumstances and continue to implement robust program enhancements. We will be working to ensure optimal outcomes and accommodations for our students in the days and weeks ahead and will continue to regularly share our progress with you.”
The Board of Registration in Nursing had placed the college’s nursing programs on approval with warning status in June 2017 with the school’s graduates passing the national licensure exams at the lowest rate of all schools in the state.
Quincy College, which was founded in 1958, is the only municipally owned college or university in the Bay State. The college does not receive funding from the city or the state and uses tuition and other revenue sources to pay for its operations.