Quote from blucrna
My advice to you is don't waste your time. If the school you choose is not accredited, after you graduate your not considered board eligable so you cant sit for the nclex.
There is no state in the US that requires NLNAC or CCNE accreditation
for licensure -- simple approval
by the state BON is all that is necessary. There seems to be a lot of confusion on this site about this point (the difference between BON approval and accreditation). Accreditation by the NLNAC or CCNE is a voluntary process by a school that shows that the school meets a higher standard than the minimum necessary for licensure.
However, OP, it is true that a lot of programs for furthering your education, whether BSN completion programs or graduate programs, will require applicants to be graduates of accredited (NLNAC or CCNE). Also, a growing number of healthcare employers
, inc. some of the more desirable healthcare employers in the US (US military, VA system, lots of academic medical centers), will only hire graduates of accredited programs.
That certainly doesn't mean that all accredited programs are automatically good and all non-accredited programs are automatically bad. There are plenty of good programs that have just chosen not to pursue accreditation (it is a time-consuming and expensive process). However, esp. these days and in this economic climate, I can't think of any rationale for closing the door on any
future educational and employment opportunities this early in the process. With nursing school accreditation, like so many other things in life, it's "better to have it and not need it, than to need it and not have it."
Best wishes for your journey!