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Thanks zoe! ah I ran across a lot of posts about accreditation. All the schools I researched are accredited, (except for some brand new schools which I'm probably not going to consider) and some of them are different.
Are national accreditations better than regional ones?
There are two different kinds of accreditation to consider. One is the general academic accreditation -- this is usually only an issue with the proprietary tech/voc schools. They all say they are "accredited," which is a true statement, but they're accredited by their own national organization that only accredits proprietary tech/voc schools. This means that credits at those schools typically (although there are exceptions) can't be transferred to "regular" colleges and universities. "Regular" (for lack of a better term) colleges and universities are (academically) accredited through regional accreditation organizations, and that is the preference in terms of academic
Then there is the issue of specific nursing
accreditation. There are two national organizations that accredit nursing programs
, the NLNAC and CCNE. NLNAC/CCNE accreditation is voluntary -- there is no state BON that requires
programs to be NLNAC or CCNE accredited in order for graduates to be eligible for licensure. And the accreditation process is lengthy and expensive -- many perfectly good programs have simply chosen not to pursue accreditation. However, most programs of higher education in nursing (BSN completion programs and graduate programs) require that you be a graduate of an (NLNAC/CCNE) accredited program to be eligible for acceptance, and a growing number of employers will only hire nurses who are graduates of an (NLNAC/CCNE) accredited program -- including some of the most desirable employers in US healthcare; the entire
US military, the entire
VA system, most academic medical centers, and most "better" hospitals across the board. While it's certainly possible to graduate from an unaccredited program and have a full career, one is closing off an awful lot of future educational and professional opportunities for oneself by doing so.
So, national accreditation is bad if you're talking about general academic accreditation, but it's good
if you're talking about NLNAC/CCNE accreditation. (I know, it's like TPTB are trying
to make this all as confusing and difficult as possible ...)
Best wishes for your journey!