There are two different issues with accreditation of proprietary voc/tech schools
. One is the nursing
accreditation, NLNAC or CCNE, and that is v. important in terms of your nursing future.
The other issue is general academic
accreditation, and that's what determines whether courses completed at one school will be accepted for credit by another school. Most of the proprietary voc/tech schools are not accredited by the organizations that accredit "regular" colleges and universities, and that's why "regular" schools typically won't accept their courses for transfer credit. If you ask someone representing one of those schools if the school is accredited, they'll say "yes," and many prospective students don't know to inquire any further than that. However, most of those schools are accredited by one of the specialty organizations that only
accredit proprietary voc/tech schools (yes, they created their own accreditation!). These schools are not held to the same academic standards as "regular" colleges and universities, and that's why the "regular" schools won't (in most cases, not all) give you credit for courses taken there.
If you are planning on furthering your education later on, that could create problems for you. ((Or even if you're not
thinking about that now -- look at how many threads just on this site are about nurses returning to school for further education. Many, many
nurses have had the experience of starting out thinking they want to do basic bedside nursing all their career, nothing else, and they will never go back to school again -- but, a few years down the road and with more experience in nursing, they start looking around and noticing how much wider a range of career opportunities and possibilities they would have with additional education, and they start to feel differently about that ...) IMO, it's a big mistake to close off any future educational and professional opportunities for yourself this early in the process -- but that's a decision for each individual to make for her/himself.