The accreditation process usually takes a few years. If you graduate from a program while it is actively in the accreditation process
and it ends up getting accredited after you graduate, your degree will count as being from an accredited program. However, if "working towards" accreditation means they might apply someday
, you will be a graduate of an unaccredited program, even if they eventually do get accredited. You can check the NLNAC list of "candidates" for accreditation and see if your school is listed there --
There have been lots of posts here over the years about schools giving v. "slippery" answers to questions about NLNAC or CCNE accreditation. Basically, if the program isn't already NLNAC/CCNE accredited (and, in many cases, I wouldn't just take the school's
word for it) or listed as a candidate
for accreditation (i.e., already in the accreditation process), it doesn't matter what the school says.
As UVA already noted, accreditation does
matter, and will continue to matter throughout your career. You never know when it's suddenly going to make a difference -- just recently there was a thread here posted by someone who had applied for a job for which s/he was well-qualified and v. excited about -- except that, prior to the scheduled interview, s/he re-read the job posting and noticed it said you had to be a graduate of an accredited program, which s/he was not. The VA hospital in my area, which is one of the best employers in the area, only considers graduates of accredited programs. Etc., etc., etc. ... IMHO, there's no rationale or justification these days for attending a non-accredited program -- why close off any future career and educational possibilities to yourself this early in the process?