Quote from lclarke05
Ok. What if I plan on Continuing on with them for my MSN? I did find them on the BRN webpage...
Education 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?)
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.