Quote from Meriwhen
I know that BONs will look at where you went to school for your initial licensure--in this scenario, the ADN--when it comes to licensure and endorsement. So while a non-NLNAC school may be approved by the BON in your state, it may not fly with another state's BON. In addition, going RN-BSN or RN-MSN later doesn't always fix the problem, as those programs are not what got you your initial licensure.
I respectfully disagree with this answer. All states have basic requirements for initial licensure which include graduation from a state BON approved
education program and passing NCLEX. I am not aware of any state that requires NLN accreditation as a condition for licensure, either by exam or endorsement.
Many people confuse the terms, "BON approved" and "accredited." They do not mean the same thing. And NLN is not the only organization that accredits nursing education programs. Some reputable nursing education programs have stopped their association with NLN because the high cost and burdensome process of accreditation interferes with their ability to serve their students.
Some institutions require candidates for higher degrees (RN to BSN, MSN or Doctoral programs) to have graduated from an NLN accredited program. So it is possible that attending a program that lacks accreditation may limit one's options for future schooling. I suppose it is also possible that some employers require this designation, although in 30 years I've yet to run across one
. But I question the assertion that graduation from a non-NLN accredited program would prevent licensure in any jurisdiction in the U.S. If one can actually find that on a state BON website, I would appreciate seeing a link. Thanks.