So here's the info I've got!
The rep who called me says she will call me back on July 16th with more info after the "meeting" rather or not they have approval to begin enrollment. The campus for the RN program only will be at a new location by the PDX airport which they recently obtained. They have not
yet been approved by the Office of Degree Authorization to offer this program and that's all they're waiting on as stated on their webpage. They have already applied
with the OSBN and been approved for candidacy but, careful, that does not mean nor guarauntee they will be accredited, they are listed on the OSBN website as "candidate for initial approval"
so the RN program is not officially accredited yet, but that is normal
because no nursing program
can be until their first class actually graduates and passes NCLEX. First few cohorts will be the guinea pigs. So I hope that gives us a break in tuituin?? haha Here's hoping!
Also as far as accreditation goes they are not accredited nor have candidiacy status by the NLNAC-- not that Sumner claims to. This may only matter to people who plan to transfer to or work somewhere that requires degrees held be from a Nationally accredited institution. However just to take NCLEX and work, at least within OR they're good to go with OSBN initial approval, and if the first graduating class NCLEX pass rate is good they will get "final approval
" status and can tell future students they're RN program is actually accredited so long as the pass rates stay in the first attempts 85% range. I know veteran nurses/ professional students will red flag on these less than favorable facts but every nursing program had to start somewhere!!
I did pick up on my misread
that clarified why the program would be much shorter for someone with a PN license and no other transferable credit and that is that this program will not
be an ADN
one, it is an AAS
program. The major difference being that this program will not
transfer to a BSN, they will transfer to BAS programs but those are few and far between and its the BSN
that OR employers
are looking for come 2018 if you want to work in a hospital according to rumors.
programs still run in the 2 year range from what I've found that's why I thought the year seemed short-- but I'll definitely take it.
On the con side Applied Science degrees focus largely on the core classes in nursing and very little on the typical GE classes so unless Sumner later offers a BAS program or obtains an articulation agreement with one of the other nursing schools to bridge into the BSN program, graduates will be stuck at the AAS level or have to find a RN-BSN program but probably still need to do those GE classes that the AAS didn't require which could make the BSN still take another 4yrs if you're without your pre-req's! So people hoping to be on the "Degree of nursing" track vs the "applied science" track may want to keep this in mind. On the pro side AAS programs truly focus on hands on study and a lot less on the "busy work" classes which is my preference! It may mean that in the end we're ready to hit the ground running having spent more time focused on nursing skills & assessments rather than spending half the program writing essays and taking electives we don't even want. Personally as long as we can sit for NCLEX I'm