Graduated from a non accredited University. - page 2
Has anyone graduated from a school that was not accredited by NLN or CCNE. How difficult was it to get a job? How badly did it affect your chances? Any info will help please :-)... Read More
2Mar 20, '13 by St_ClaireSeriously reconsider a non-accredited school. It may seem like a quick fix now but it may be a huge mistake down the road when you try to upgrade your education. .
0Mar 20, '13 by lclarke05Quote from St_ClaireOk. What if I plan on Continuing on with them for my MSN? I did find them on the BRN webpage...Seriously reconsider a non-accredited school. It may seem like a quick fix now but it may be a huge mistake down the road when you try to upgrade your education. .
1Mar 20, '13 by elkparkQuote from lclarke05Education is one thing, employment is another. In terms of education, if they will take you back for an MSN, that's fine, but most graduate programs in nursing require you to be a graduate of an NLN/CCNE accredited program, and I would not be willing to have only one graduate program I knew I could go to (what if they don't offer the MSN specialization you want?)Ok. What if I plan on Continuing on with them for my MSN? I did find them on the BRN webpage...
Also, as already noted, it's not just further education, it's also a matter of employment. A growing number of employers are only hiring graduates of (NLN/CCNE) accredited programs, including some of the most desirable heatlhcare employers in the US -- the entire US military, the entire VA system, most university medical centers, lots of other hospitals ... The list is getting longer every day. I can't think of the last time I looked at a nursing position posting that didn't specify you had to be a graduate of an accredited program.
You mentioned length of time for the accreditation process. Is the school you are considering in the process of getting accredited? That makes a difference. If you are attending a school that is a candidate for accreditation, and it ends up getting accredited while you're attending, or even afterwards, the accreditation is retroactive back to the point of the accrediting organization making its "site visit" at which they make the preliminary decision that the school appears to be meeting criteria. If you graduate after that point, you will be a graduate of an accredited program when (if) they get their accreditation, even if that occurs after you graduate (because, as you note, the full process takes a few years). However, individuals who graduated before the site visit will always be graduates of an unaccredited program, even if the school later gets accredited.
0Mar 20, '13 by lclarke05The MSN is a NP. I get what you are saying, it is my last resort. What about if a school looses the accreditation while you are attending...same thing right?
1Mar 20, '13 by hiddencatRNQuote from lclarke05Why be the guinea pig? Why risk your future on the promise that the program will eventually became accredited? Not all schools in an accreditation process are successful.From my understanding, schools take a couple years to get the CCNE and NLN accreditation The program has to graduate a certain number of students and have statistics i.e. and NCLEX pass rate. The actual university is accredited just not the nursing accreditation.