What does it mean to be an Accredited Nursing School?

  1. Hi everyone,

    I have been taking my pre-req's. at my local Community College. I really like my classes and the teachers and over all I am very pleased with the education I have been receiving there. I am seriously considering staying there to do my actual nursing classes.

    When I talk to general people about the school they always exstatically remark that it is an "Accredited School" which is a bonus if I go there. Unfortuantely, I do not know what it means to be accredited.

    I believe the term they use is NLN Acredited.

    Could some one please explain to me what it means to be Accredited and why it is better to go to a school that is?

    Thanks,
    Colleen
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  2. 3 Comments

  3. by   KarafromPhilly
    NLN is the National League for Nursing. An accredited program is one that has had its academic program, skill labs, clinicals, faculty, etc. examined and has been certified as meeting particular standards. If you are educated in a program/school that is not accredited, nobody (including employers, other schools) knows for sure what you learned there. Don't waste your time with a program that is not accredited.
  4. by   KIMBA
    Colleen

    It's my understanding that, if your school is accredited it is recognized by the NLN/NLNAC as maintaining standards that qualify the graduates for admission to higher or more specialized institutions or for professional practice/ State licensure

    Check out the websites for the NLN & NLNAC for more info!
    Hope this helps

    -K
  5. by   rachyrach
    The NLN (National Leauge of Nurses) sets teaching standards the are above and beyond the minimum standards set by the State Board.

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