Nursing School Accreditation

  1. Hello,

    I am wondering how import accreditation is? If people are able to become RNs from that program does it matter? Will this affect becoming an RN in a different state/country/etc?

    something i read made it sound like the main thing would be that accrediation assures continuing education at any other accredited college or something like that.

    Also compared to non nursing undergraduate college courses is nursing alot harder, alot more work/reading, or similiar except for the addition of clinicals?

    i havnt had a course load in a while and am not sure id be ready for it, plus in the past i was just maybe trying to pass classes, this time id want to acutally learn the material so not sure how different that will be, nor sure i know how to actually study

    thanks - jason
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  2. 3 Comments

  3. by   TheCommuter
    Nursing school accreditation is important if you want to pursue higher education in the future, such as a master's degree and so forth. However, your nursing school does not need to be accredited in order for you to take your state boards and become an RN. It simply needs to be approved by your state's board of nursing.

    For instance, my coworker is an LVN who is enrolled in a 2-year LVN-to-BSN bridge program at a local state university. This program is fairly new and is not accredited, but it is approved by the Texas Board of Nurse Examiners. She will graduate with a bachelor of science degree in nursing and be eligible to take NCLEX-RN to obtain licensure as an RN.
  4. by   ICRN2008
    From what I understand most new nursing programs are not accredited in the few years or so. They must be up and running for at least that long before either of the NLN or AACN will grant them accredited status. We were told that when these organizations come in, they look at the curriculum, records of student performance, pass rates for the NCLEX, etc. This data can only be gathered by putting at least one class through the program.

    As the previous poster stated, the program only has to be approved by the state Board of Nursing in order for you to be eligible for licensure.

    If you are planning to attend graduate school (or go on for your BSN if enrolling in an ADN program), you might want to check with the schools you are interested in to find out how they handle this situation. That being, what happens if you graduate from a school that is not accredited at the time, but later gains accredited status?

    As far as the difficulty of nursing classes vs normal college classes, I would say that they are comparable. The difference, in my experience, is that in the nursing classes you will be doing a lot more work for each credit. We had to write an inordinate number of papers in my BSN program, and this was in addition to clinical time (at 3 hours per week per credit) and the usual written and practical exams.

    Overall most people don't have too much trouble in nursing programs if they have done well in their prerequisites, but it does require a significant time commitment. Those who struggled in my program were the ones with significant outside commitments such as work, children, etc. And most of them still managed to make it work and get through the program with decent grades.

    If you have any questions, feel free to PM me.
    Last edit by ICRN2008 on Jan 8, '07
  5. by   Freedom42
    Classified ads for new grads in my state consistently say that you must be a recent graduate of an accredited school of nursing to be considered for a job.

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