State Approved Programs

  1. hello everyone!!! i just want to know what "state approved" means!!!! i'm so confused....does it mean that it is an accredited program even though it's not nlnac accredited??? i don't want to get a degree from a state approved school if i can't further my education or work in another state. please somebody help me !!!!!
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  3. by   Bri'sMom09
    I have this same question...
  4. by   elkpark
    Every nursing program must be approved by the BON of the state in which it is located in order for its graduates to be eligible to write the NCLEX. This has nothing to do with NLNAC or CCNE accreditation, which is an entirely different matter. Accreditation by the NLNAC or CCNE is voluntary, and no state requires that a school be accredited in order for graduates to be eligible for licensure. People are often confused about this because so many people use the terms "approved" and "accredited" interchangeably (a few state BONs even use the term "accreditation" when they're referring to their "approval," which is very confusing).

    Whether or not a nursing program is NLNAC or CCNE accredited has nothing to do with licensure in any state. However, a growing number of employers will only hire graduates of accredited programs, and these employers tend to be the better employers in healthcare, inc. the VA system and the US military, some university teaching hospitals, etc. Certainly not all employers, not even most; but why close off any future employment opportunities for yourself this early in the journey?

    Also, most programs of higher education in nursing will only accept graduates of NLNAC or CCNE accredited programs.

    The other accreditation issue you need to think about is academic accreditation (the accreditation of the general, entire school, not just the nursing program specifically). This is particularly an issue with the proprietary (for-profit) tech/voc schools. Most (all?) of them will tell prospective students, and highlight on their websites, that they are "accredited." Most prospective students don't know to inquire any further than that, and that's what they're counting on. Most of those schools are accredited, so they're not lying, but they're accredited by organizations that only accredit proprietary tech/voc schools. They do not meet the academic standards of the organizations that accredit "regular" colleges and universities -- and that's why, in most cases, their courses/credits will not be accepted for transfer credit by "regular" colleges and universities. If you complete your basic nursing education at one of these schools and want to return to school to further your education later, as so many nurses do, you will most likely have a hard time finding a school that will accept any of your previous courses. (I notice that most of the tech/voc school websites I've looked at have the "we're accredited!" information in big letters with a flowery paragraph about how important accreditation is, in some special, highlighted section of the website -- and then there's some fine print down at the very bottom of the screen (or buried somewhere in the "FAQ" section) that says that their courses are unlikely to be accepted for credit by other schools (they're now legally required to disclose that)).

    Hope that clears things up somewhat. I know it's v. hard to figure all this stuff out when it's all new to you.
    Last edit by elkpark on Mar 20, '11
  5. by   Bri'sMom09
    I don't want to close any doors especially since I wanted to work for the VA in the first place. But at the same time I NEED a job and I need it when my husband finishes this enlistment with the Navy in less than 2 years or else we will both be jobless which just doesn't work out. The rest of the programs in this area are either too long or won't transfer my credits even though they came from a very good university. I got out of the Navy in December, so it's not like I've been sitting on my butt and now all of a sudden its too late, I just really don't have time to do any other program. I'm feeling very conflicted about it. Although, a caveat to fact that you can't work for the government is that you can still be a government contractor, just not a civil service empolyee. This school has both LPN and BSN programs that are accredited with NLNAC but I don't want to step down to the LPN program that takes the same length of time.