CCCTC Practical Nursing Program Receives Continuing Accreditation

Practical Nursing Program 2020-2021 Faculty and Staff: 
Front Row: Tonya Saggese, Nursing Instructor and Barb Smith, Nursing Instructor.
Back Row: Cheryl Krieg, Nursing Program Director; Heather Williams, PN Administrative Assistant; and Alene Homan, Nursing Instructor.  Not Pictured: Jessica Lash, Nursing Instructor.

Cheryl Krieg, Nursing Program Director, has received notification that the Clearfield County Career and Technology Center’s Practical Nursing Program was recently awarded eight additional years of continuing accreditation by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing Inc. (ACEN). 

A 3-day virtual visit by The ACEN reviewers took place February 15-17, 2021.  Of the 54 Pennsylvania State Board of Nursing approved Practical Nursing programs only 23 (43%) have achieved nursing accreditation through The ACEN.  The CCCTC Practical Nursing Program is proud to be one of these programs.

CCCTC participants in the accreditation visit included Nursing Program Director, Cheryl Krieg; CCCTC Executive Director, Fred Redden, Instructors: Barb Smith, Alene Homan and Tonya Saggese; Administrative Assistant, Heather Williams, Business Manager, Susan Barger; Financial Aid, Kristen Gallaher; Director of Marketing, Recruitment and Admissions, Holly Ryan; Director of Information Technology, Brian Hynds; students in Simulation Lab and in classroom.  Site visitors reviewed student clinical experience at Penn Highlands Healthcare, Clearfield and DuBois Hospitals and Mountain Laurel Nursing Home. 

ACEN Accreditation is a voluntary peer review process intended to enhance quality improvement in nursing education.  The purpose of the ACEN is to provide specialized accreditation for all levels of nursing education and transition-to-practice programs. The Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) supports the interests of nursing education, nursing practice, and the public by the functions of accreditation. Accreditation is a voluntary, peer-review, self-regulatory process by which non-governmental associations recognize educational institutions or programs that have been found to meet or exceed standards and criteria for educational quality. Accreditation also assists in the further improvement of the institutions or programs as related to resources invested, processes followed, and results achieved. The monitoring of certificate, diploma, and degree offerings is tied closely to state examination and licensing rules and to the oversight of preparation for work in the profession.

The practical nursing program offers full-time and part-time classes.  Applications for the 2022-2023 full-time class are currently being accepted.  The next part-time class will be offered in March 2023.  Information is available on the CCCTC website at

The Practical Nursing program at Clearfield County Career and Technology Center located in Clearfield, Pennsylvania 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 practical nursing program is: Continuing Accreditation. View the public information disclosed by the ACEN regarding this program at