One big question is whether or not a school you want to attend has NLNAC or CCNE accreditation. Would-be nursing students typically don't understand the whole "accreditation" issue -- many of them know enough to ask whether a nursing program is accredited, and most of these schools
will answer "yes" -- because they are
accredited, but by the "wrong" accrediting organizations. The only accreditation in nursing that matters
is NLNAC or CCNE. If you wish to return to school later to further your nursing education and career opportunities, as many nurses do, you may run into problems if you didn't attend a NLNAC or CCNE accredited program. Also, some employers will only hire nurses who are gradutes of accredited programs -- not most
, certainly, and you would probably never find yourself unable to find work, period
, but why close any doors and limit your opportunities this early in your career??
The question of transferring credits to other schools is a similar issue. Most of the proprietary (private-for-profit) tech/voc "colleges" are accredited (as they will proudly tell you), but by the organizations that accredit private tech/voc schools, not
the accrediting organizations that accredit "regular" colleges and universities. That's why "regular" colleges and universities often aren't willing to accept tech/voc school courses for credit -- the tech/voc schools aren't held to the same standards as the "regular" colleges/unis, so they don't recognize the credits. That isn't true in every case, though -- your best bet, I would say, is to call colleges and universities in your area and ask them whether they accept courses from the school(s) you're considering for credit (I would not
just take the tech/voc school's word for it ...)
Welcome to allnurses!
Best wishes for your journey --