Accredited program important or not?

  1. Hi everyone! I just joined the other day. I am at the beginning of the road to becoming an RN. I am taking a CNA class at the end of the month. This fall I will be taking my prerequisites and hopefully next fall I will be admitted into the nursing school. Here is the thing. I just found out that the two community college nursing programs are not accredited. The BSN is the only one that is. That is over an hour away from me. Not that I would mind the drive and if I don't get into the ADN program I will just go and get the BSN. Eventually, I was planning to get a BSN while I was working as an rn. Here is the thing. My marriage is not going well, and hasn't for awhile. My husband was dxed with Bi polar disorder a year and a half ago and it is making the marriage nearly impossible. Plus I have to wonder how long he will be stable enough to keep a job etc. So it is imperative for me to get in and out as quickly as I can, because I may not always be able to count on him to help support the kids and I. Is an accredited program that important or will I be alright?
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  3. by   GPatty
    I really don't know which would be better, but I can definitely tell you to remember that "family comes first". Make sure you and the children are safe and have a home.
    I wish you the best and know you'll make it through just fine.
    God Bless!
    Julie
  4. by   RN_2_B_5/2004
    If you are attending a non-accredited nursing program and decide to go back and get your BSN, you will have trouble transferring all your ADN credits. This was a topic for discussion within our Intro to ADN class the other day.

    I don't know how this looks to employers either. You may want to check into their graduate rates, NCLEX-RN passing rates and what percentage of the ADN grads are employed and average salary. Most colleges have this info available for the asking, if not I would thin twice before I registered.

    Good Luck!!!

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