The decision is another blow — hopefully a short-term one — to nursing education in the region following the impending closure of Southern Vermont College. The associate's degree program will go on hiatus for first-year students in 2019 to address lingering issues and begin re-enrollment of new students in fall 2020.
BCC's nursing program will be reviewed for accreditation during a site visit on Wednesday.
Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing is holding a visit, which includes a public forum, on the accreditation process. ACEN has a full day scheduled including from 1:45 until 2:45 hearing from the public any questions, opinions, or concerns about the program.
Christine Martin is taking over as head of the nursing program at BCC.
Berkshire Community College named Martin the interim director of nursing on Thursday. The appointment comes a month after former director Tochi Urbani resigned from the position in the midst of trouble with the program's accreditation.
Wynn said the change will have no impact on the students who have just returned for the semester nor does she expect that the college would miss the Sept. 30 deadline to address issues outlined by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing to resolve its status.
One way is growing the ranks of nursing professionals through a collaborative effort with Southern Vermont College down the road. On Tuesday, the two institutions announced an affiliation that will create a pipeline for nursing students and provide opportunities for SVHC employees to further their educational opportunities.
The nursing program at Berkshire Community College has been placed on warning.
The Massachusetts Board of Registration in Nursing cited the college on a number of issues, which college officials have characterizes as "housekeeping," and drops the state accreditation to "approval with warning."