Hi SiempreBella! First off, I also think that in regards to baccalaureate nursing programs
, where you obtained your education will not matter as long as you pass the NCLEX. Your license is your ticket to entry into nursing practice.
However, you just brought an interesting observation regarding nursing programs in the country. There are 2 accrediting bodies that monitor standards among nursing programs. The CCNE accredits BSN and MSN programs in universities and colleges. NLNAC accredits associate degree programs in junior colleges and university level degrees such as BSN and MSN.
Looking at the NLNAC website myself, I found that more than half of university programs in my state (including the highly-ranked and popular programs) are no longer NLNAC accredited. On the other hand, I found these programs as being accredited in the CCNE website instead. For the most part, the NLNAC accredited ones are the community college programs and the BSN and MSN programs are the CCNE accredited ones in my state.
While I am not an expert in nursing education, can I infer then that nowadays nursing programs are just required to be accredited by either NLNAC or CCNE? or is this just a phenomenon that is happening in my home state? Need comments from experts on this field.