Actually, that information directly above is wrong. One DOES NOT
have to graduate from a nationally
accredited program to be eligible to take the NCLEX. Each state's board of nursing or department of health determines whether the program meets their requirements. The information you need is on this very website HERE
. That being said, if you plan on furthering your education it would be wise to make plans, as non-(NATIONALLY)-accredited program credits often do not transfer out of state. Also, depending on your LOCAL job market
, you may find that you are at a disadvantage, not because you are not a licensed RN, but either because you perhaps have an ADN degree or have attended a non-nationally-accredited program. E.g., in my area hospitals do not care as long as you passed the NCLEX and are licensed, and state universities will accept credits from in-state non-accredited public colleges in order to pursue a BSN. On the other hand, if I drive to a major city 2 hours away no one is likely going to hire me unless I have a BSN. Also, hypothetically having attended a non-nationally-accredited program, if I want to leave the state to further my education, it could be difficult. IMHO the key is to plan way ahead of time & thoroughly check both nursing programs
and job markets. While nationally-accredited RN programs are most advantageous, not everyone has that option. For many students, state-accredited programs are a valid path to becoming a RN and furthering their education.