My heart almost fell off my chest when I finally received my acceptance letter for Chaminade University of Honolulu's nursing program. With the competition for seats in nursing programs across our nation, I was overcome with a sense of relief, comfort, and a bit of accomplishment. Upon reading the letter, a few concerns came to mind. For other nursing students, and preferably current Chaminade nursing students:
1) Would it be wise to attend this program as it is NOT YET nationally accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) but HAS BEEN approved by the Hawaii State Board of Nursing? The dean of the program stated in the letter that the school will have a visit this Fall 2012 and they are "actively seeking national accreditation". I am afraid that I will be screwed in I attend this expensive private university and it is not nationally accredited, as my future plans are to leave Hawaii and return to mainland US for working.
2) Chaminade's first graduating class will be in 2014. As a new program, it is hard to judge how well they produce their students, especially for the NCLEX. Since the school has not yet established a reputation, would that mean I should let go of this opportunity? The only stability in this decision is that I can begin the program without having to take prerequisites, because the program is designed with "co-requisites" incorporated with other courses. However, it seems as though there is a trade-off....
3) (For Chaminade nursing students): How is your experience so far in this program? What are the pros and cons of this program?
Thank you so much for your time to read and enlighten me. I hope to join the rest of the nursing workforce someday! I appreciate all the help.