I am a pre-nursing student that already has a BS and an MS in psych. In order to apply to most of the BSN programs I need 3-4 science classes. I have found a new BSN program in my area that allows you to pursue your BSN in 2 years, while doing any and I mean any other general required classes concurrently, thus making it so I could start nursing school
in a month instead of waiting another year to apply to finish the classes then who knows how long until I wold actually start a program.
My hesitiation is that they have 2 nursing classes so far so the program is a little over a year old. The insitution has been around for awhile and is accredited by the higher education board, and the program is in the process of seeking nursing accredidation, but more time needs to pass before they are granted that. I am just concerned about applying to a brand new program and wondering how its non-accredited status because it is a new program will affect me in the future.
Mar 7, '07
Quote from ksc0723
Thanks for all the replies. Another interesting tidbit is that the state board of nursing in colorado is making it mandatory for ALL (LPN, ADN, BSN, MS and PHD) programs to be accredited by CCNE or NLNAC by January of 2010, otherwise they can no longer operate as a program, no matter how long they have been around.
My issue is I really want to go on to be a nurse practioner someday and don't want to start this program, which has no waiting list and I would almost be guaranteed to start in a month or so, then they don't get accredited by the time I graduate and then what? I am confused because the only two np programs in the state say nowhere on their admission requirements that your BSN had to come from an CCNE or NLNAC program?!?!? Nothing about your school is even mentioned except for listing all schools and degrees!
This is so frustrating.
I've yet to see an advanced nursing degree that didn't list one of the requirements for admission as something along the lines of this: "graduation from an accredited school of nursing, with current and valid RN licensure". I don't think you can get a license if your school is not accredited - so they will KNOW your school was accredited if you were able to sit for NCLEX.
I got all of this information from the NP program/MSN program websites for the state of Colorado, all under "Admission Requirements" on the program pages. I copied and pasted it all here:
UC Denver website: # A baccalaureate degree with an upper division major in nursing, an entry level doctor of nursing, or a generic master’s degree in nursing from an NLN or CCNE accredited program
Colorado State at Pueblo site: 1) A baccalaureate degree must be in nursing from an institution accredited by the regional accreditation agency (or equivalent).
UC Colorado Springs/Beth-El: # Completion of an accredited baccalaureate degree in nursing program including prerequisite undergraduate courses:
* Introduction to Statistics
* Nursing Research
* Health Assessment
University of Northern Colorado: # A bachelor’s degree in nursing with a 3.0 GPA or better (on a 4.0 scale) on the most recent 60 hours of baccalaureate-level coursework from a nursing accredited institution
Every single school says you have to have an accredited degree. I found all the info in about twenty minutes for each school in your state. And I found NP programs specified at three of the above institutions; the other one only mentioned MSNs (was it Denver, which I find really hard to believe!) but I didn't dig too far into the site.
Info's there, you just have to dig a bit.
Last edit by carolinapooh on Mar 7, '07