I found out my nursing school wasn't accredited, is my degree worthless?

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    I have been an RN since 2008. I've held one paying RN job. However, because my spouse is military, I've tried getting jobs at Military hospitals and the VA. I finally got a job offer at a VA and then they told me my school wasn't accredited by the CCNE or the NLNAC. So they are taking the offer back.

    I am so bummed because I really needed a job and getting a state license to work where we live isn't an option because of the transient military lifestyle. Furthermore, I don't believe I quality for a GA ( where we live) RN license anyway due to the accreditation issue.

    Will I be able to get my BSN and use my ADN credits towards the BSN degree if the ADN program wasn't accredited?

    I could have sworn that I heard during orientation that the program was accredited, but turns out it was only accredited with the state BON. Why would they withhold such important information?

    This was a well known community college program that had put out hundreds of nurses in our state. Now that I know that I won't be eligible to work at any government hospitals or clinics, I'm really saddened. I turned down another job, not nursing, when I got the initial offer from the VA. And I really need to work right now.

    Is my degree worthless after this? I wasted so much time and money out of my own pocket. And I worked so hard to get that degree. I'm so upset right now I feel sick to my stomach.
    Last edit by Joe V on Apr 27, '12 : Reason: formatting for easier reading
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    Hind sight is always 20/20. Even when I went to school I knew that to have your schooling accepted NCLAC/NLN was the accreditation to receive. As far as Your credits being transferring able???? That can only be answered by the accepting college.

    I'm sorry you are experiencing this....
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    If you are sure that what the VA told you is absolutely correct, I'd write a letter to the editor in the city where the comm. college is located to warn others before they waste two years of their life. And why not post it on AN? Your story is very dispiriting. Shame on the BON for allowing that program to graduate a single student.
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    i finally got a job offer at a va and then they told me my school wasn't accredited by the ccne or the nlnac.


    correct me if i am wrong, but i thought that ccne only did accrediting of bsn/ msn programs and not asn programs? i could be wrong, but this was just my understanding. the nlnac i think does do adn, and diploma programs.

    i also know that the va does require you to have a bachelor's degree, even if it's not in nursing, they require a minimum of a bs/ba degree. i graduated from a school that was not ccne accredited with my adn and i've been accepted to a cal state university for the degree completion, as well as two other private schools that hold regional and ccne accreditation. i think as long as your school has a recognized department of education regional accreditation, you should be fine transferring to a bsn program. i also agree that if you got screwed with your education, make it public so that others are aware and don't get screwed also.
    Last edit by Emilynn09 on Apr 26, '12
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    Quote from emilynn09


    correct me if i am wrong, but i thought that ccne only did accrediting of bsn/ msn programs and not asn programs? i could be wrong, but this was just my understanding. the nlnac i think does do adn, and diploma programs.

    i also know that the va does require you to have a bachelor's degree, even if it's not in nursing, they require a minimum of a bs/ba degree. i graduated from a school that was not ccne accredited with my adn and i've been accepted to a cal state university for the degree completion, as well as two other private schools that hold regional and ccne accreditation. i think as long as your school has a recognized department of education regional accreditation, you should be fine transferring to a bsn program. i also agree that if you got screwed with your education, make it public so that others are aware and don't get screwed also.
    simply not true. i work for the va system as a nurse, and many of my coworkers only have their adn. it is true that the school must be either nlnac or ccne accredited, but there are many associate colleges that offer this nlnac cert in my state.
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    Ohh my school told us on the first day that they are not CCNE or the NLNAC credited. And that we can't work in VA. My plan is to get BSN where it credited. I don't think your degree is worthless. (You had worked as RN before.) It's just you can't work in VA that's all.
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    This is only marginally related but there is a trend in my area where ADN programs are choosing not to renew their NLN certification. It makes me wonder if NLN certification is truly relevant anymore?
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    Most facilities will run an accredidation check on the school you attended, to include the Government system.

    ***FACT*** - The VA "DOES" hire ADN nurses. If you want to join active duty military they do not accpet the ADN degree. (you need a BSN or you will be coverted to an LPN)

    "Will I be able to get my BSN and use my ADN credits towards the BSN degree if the ADN program wasn't accredited?"

    The only one who can honestly answer this is the school counselors at the school that you apply to. Each school is different in what they will and wont accept from various other colleges.

    I reccomend that you apply to a BSN school to find out. $75.00 application fee is the only fee you should have to pay... I can not promise that you be able to transfer the credits or not.

    However I just completed my Bachelors Degree through a great program (I am not affiliated with the school LOL) I just really had a great experience with this school and program. I went to Thomas Edison State College (TESC) (located in Trenton, New Jersey) I am a Military spouse as well, so I completed my ADN(Community College), then my BSN(TESC) and now I am working on my Masters degree(TESC)...

    It is completely online all of the courses and is very flexible and works wonderfully with the military. You know as a military spouse you can use the education center on post for assistence too..

    My last piece of advice is to turn this school in, in some way shape or form so others will not have to go through the same thing you are....

    A couple questions for ya....

    Have you taken the NCLEX?
    What state are you currently licensed in?
    What was your RN position?
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    Some RN-to-BSN programs specify that ADNs must have been earned from a NLN accredited program. Double check this when you inquire.
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    I do have a Bachelors in Biology. But HR said that they only recognize the Nursing educations accreditation status. My other degree was not a factor at all.


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