The Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation*
320 West Washington, Third Floor
Springfield, IL 62786
The Higher Learning Commission
A Commission of the North Central Association of
Colleges and Schools (HCA-NCA)
30 North LaSalle Street, Suite 2400
Chicago, IL 60602-2504
Lakeview College of Nursing was initially approved by the Illinois Department of Professional Regulation on September 11, 1987.
The initial award of candidacy to Lakeview by the North Central Association in 1989 was a positive catalyst to the development of the baccalaureate institution according to standards for higher education. Most remarkable was the rapid maturation of a free-standing organization that was separated in 1988 from a hospital which had been the parent institution for more than nine decades.
Renewal of candidacy was granted in 1991 and 1993. The governing body, faculty, and support staff have continued to commit to the mission and purposes of the institution. The systems of the organization, the physical plant and financial viability, have matured and reflect a sound basis for future growth.
As a result of the March 3-15, 1995 evaluation visit, Lakeview College of Nursing was granted initial accreditation by The North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. The team recommended accreditation for five years. After five years of continued hard work and dedication the College hosted a three-day visit in October 2000. In February 2001 the commission granted continued accreditation to Lakeview College of Nursing for a period of seven years. In 2007, the Higher Learning Commission, a Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, held another site visit and granted the College continued accreditation with the next site visit to be scheduled in the year 2017.
In the spring of 1997 Lakeview College of Nursing completed and submitted a self-study for initial program accreditation by the National League of Nursing (NLN). A site visit was conducted in October of 1997; and in February of 1998 the National League for Nursing Board of Review for Baccalaureate and Higher Degree Programs recommended program accreditation for five years. Initial accreditation is retroactive to the 12-month period prior to the date of the accreditation site visit. In keeping with our mission, the establishment of an off-site BSN program at Eastern Illinois University in Charleston, Illinois began. NLN conducted a focus visit to Lakeview to evaluate the establishment of the branch campus in September of 2000 and NLN reaffirmed the continuing accreditation. Lakeview College of Nursing hosted a site visit in the fall of 2002 and the fall of 2004. Lakeview received continued accreditation from the NLNAC through 2012. At that time the College's Board of Directors decided to keep NLN membership but to no longer seek NLN accreditation as the standard for baccalaureate nursing education is the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.
In 1997, Lakeview received preliminary approval from the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), an autonomous arm of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing. Lakeview hosted a four-day site visit in November 2000. In April 2001 the CCNE Board of commissioners determined that all accreditation standards were met and granted accreditation for a term of 10 years, extending to June 30, 2011. CCNE revisited the college for a focused visit in Jan. 2004 and granted continued accreditation to 2011. Following the Fall 2011 visit the CCNE granted 10 years of accreditation through June 30, 2021. At this time, the Board of Directors elected to align the baccalaureate with CCNE standards as the premier accrediting body of choice for advanced nursing degrees.