State regulators have downgraded their approval of Oikos University's nursing program, a little more than a month after a gunman killed six nursing students and a receptionist at the Oakland school.

The Board of Vocational Nursing and Psychiatric Technicians on Friday placed Oikos on provisional approval, the equivalent of probation. Regulators noted several deficiencies, including chronically low pass rates on licensing exams by Oikos graduates.

Other problems noted by the board included the school's repeated enrollment of new nursing students, despite its lack of state approval to do so.

The school could lose its state license unless it improves within two years, said board spokesman Russ Heimerich.

Regulators had been concerned about Oikos before the April 2 shootings, which devastated a school counting on the targeted class to raise its passing rates. Police arrested former nursing student One Goh on suspicion of the slayings.

Matt Krupnick covers higher education. Contact him at 510-208-6488. Follow him at Twitter.com/MattKrupnick.



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