Accreditation, Approval, and Licensure of Program

Joseph F. McCloskey School of Nursing at Lehigh Valley Health Network has approval from the Pennsylvania State Board of Nursing, and is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN), formerly the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC). 

The diploma nursing program at Lehigh Valley Health Network at the Joseph F. McCloskey School of Nursing located in Pottsville, PA is accredited by the: Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) 3390 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 1400 Atlanta, GA 30326 (404) 975-5000

The most recent accreditation decision made by the ACEN Board of Commissioners for the diploma nursing program is Continuing Accreditation.

View the public information disclosed by the ACEN regarding this program.

Joseph F. McCloskey School of Nursing in Schuylkill County maintains provisional approval from the Pennsylvania State Board of Nursing.

Joseph F. McCloskey School of Nursing recently announced a new affiliation with Alvernia University to create a dual enrollment program where the graduate earns a diploma in nursing from the School of Nursing and an associate of applied science from Alvernia University. The program includes a total of 40 credits from the university and 50 nursing credits from the School of Nursing. Graduates can complete the RN to BSN for an additional 34 credits in an online or blended format at Alvernia University’s Schuylkill Center. Joseph F. McCloskey School of Nursing students have access to Alvernia 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.

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.

There are also additional LVHN clinical sites and off-campus sites and agencies used to further expand experience and learning.

Concerns or complaints may be directed to:

Pennsylvania State Board of Nursing
P.O. Box 2649
Harrisburg, PA 17105-2649
717-783-7142
e-mail: st-nurse@pa.gov

Or, file an official complaint or obtain a form online.

Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing 
3390 Peachtree Road NE 
Suite 1400 
Atlanta, GA 30326 
404-975-5000
www.acenursing.org