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Accreditation, Approval, and Licensure of Program

Joseph F. McCloskey School of Nursing at Lehigh Valley Health Network is approved by the Pennsylvania State Board of Nursing, and accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) formerly the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC). The School is a member of the National League for Nursing, the Council of Health Professions Education of the Hospital and Health Systems Association of Pennsylvania, the National Coalition of Hospital Associated Schools and Colleges of Nursing, the Nursing Education Consortium of Northeastern Pennsylvania, and the Pennsylvania Association of Secondary Schools and College Admissions Counselors. 

Joseph F. McCloskey School of Nursing has maintained an affiliation with the Pennsylvania State University (Penn State) since 1950. The Program includes a total of 30 credits from the University. The University credits earned in the Program can be directly applied toward Penn State’s RN to BSN program or to BSN programs at other colleges and universities. School of Nursing students have access to Penn State University student services. 

Lehigh Valley Hospital – Schuylkill, S. Jackson Street, located across the street from the School, and Lehigh Valley Hospital–Schuylkill E. Norwegian Street, provide students with clinical experiences which complement classroom instruction. Both Hospitals are approved by the Joint Commission and hold membership in the American Hospital Association and the Hospital and Health System Association of Pennsylvania.

The Lehigh Valley Hospital – Schuylkill is approved by the Pennsylvania Department of Health and by the Council on Medical Education of the American Medical Association for Education of General Practice Residents.

Joseph F. McCloskey School of Nursing also maintains cooperative relationships with several agencies at off-campus clinical sites which expand and complement clinical practice experiences and learning.

Approved by the Pennsylvania Board of Nursing

Concerns or complaints may be directed to:
Pennsylvania State Board of Nursing
P.O. Box 2649
Harrisburg, PA  17105-2649
Phone:  717-783-7142

Or, to file an official complaint or obtain a form:

Accredited by

Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN)
3343 Peachtree Road, Suite 850
Atlanta, GA  30326