Advancing Nursing Education in the Commonwealth

Pennsylvania Higher Education Nursing Schools, Association, Inc. is a statewide organization, which helps baccalaureate and higher degree nursing education programs in Pennsylvania plan and implement programs for growth, development and advancement. PHENSA provides a forum and meeting place for those who lead schools of nursing to assemble, learn about the current healthcare issues, discuss ideas and strategies, and plan for nursing’s future.


Notice of Opportunity for Public Comment 7-5-16


ACEN Visits:

The following universities wish to announce that it will be hosting a site review for continuing accreditation of its baccalaureate nursing program by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN). You are invited to meet the site visit team and share your comments about the program in person at a meeting scheduled at the university location. Written comments are also welcome and should be submitted directly to:

Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN)

3343 Peachtree Road NE Suite 850

Atlanta, GA 30326

  • Cedar Crest College, October 18-20, 2016 – Public meeting scheduled Tuesday, October 18 5:00-6:00 pm in the Hamilton Blvd. Building, room #8 (BSN and MSN)
  • East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania Department of Nursing, October 4-6, 2016 (Baccalaureate nursing program)
  • LaRoche College, Fall 2018 (ASN, RN to BSN and MSN)

CCNE Visits:

Notice of Opportunity for Public Comment

 The following universities wish to announce that their respective nursing programs are slated for reaccreditation visits with the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). Written comments regarding any of the programs identified below will be received by CCNE until 21 days before the scheduled on-site evaluations, as noted below, and will be shared with School’s respective CCNE onsite evaluation teams. Comments will not be shared with nursing faculty or staff in the respective schools.

If you desire to send written and signed comments please send them to:

Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education

Attn: Third-Party Comments

One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 530

Washington, DC 20036

or to:

  • Duquesne University, September 14-16, 2016 (10 year: BSN and MSN; 5-year: post-masters certificate and DNP)
  • Gwynedd Mercy University, November 14-16, 2016 (BSN, MSN, and DNP)
  • Temple University Department of Nursing College of Public Health, November 7-9, 2016 (DNP)
  • The Helen S. Breidegam School of Nursing at Moravian College, September 21-23, 2016 (Baccalaureate and Master’s Degree programs)
  • Widener University School of Nursing, October 24-26, 2016 (BSN, MSN, DNP, and post-master’s certificates)