Accreditation Issues!

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So I was accepted into Everest University- otherwise known as FMU in 12/07. I was very excited only to find out from another school that they were not accredited and none of their credits would transfer if you wanted to go on for your BSN. I researched this and found out they were right! I spoke with several universities in the area that said they would not accept their credits. The school was lying and saying all of the universities would accept their credits!! Be careful of this. I just got accepted into a different BSN program yesterday, that has provisional accreditation. Their other campus is fully accredited and this one is new. Do you guys think I have to worry about this school not getting its accreditation?

Oz2

101 Posts

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Who are they being provisionally accredited by? Maybe you should call them and find out what exactly "provisional" means?

There are no guarantees that they will be accredited, right? So it's a gamble. Can you afford to gamble? I myself would not risk it.

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I was going to go to FMU for something else a while back and they told me the same thing about credits transfering.

I think the provisional accreditation is because the school is new. The BON gives this to them and will give them permanent accreditation after the students have taken and passed the NCLEX amongst other things. If it was me even though I would want to go to school and get it over with. I don't think I would want to be the schools guinea pig for this program because if they loose accreditation while your in the middle of the program your stuck in the same position.

Batman24

1,975 Posts

I would only go to a school that was fully accredited right off the bat. I wouldn't risk it.

kukukajoo, LPN

1,310 Posts

Seeing where they already have one campus accredited, I would take a chance. They have already been through the process once and obviously maintained that and are striving for accreditation as shown by their provisional status. What this means is they meet all the criteria for accreditation, but have yet to graduate a class. You see, accreditation is only granted upon graduation of the first class.

To me, Not really a big risk. A big risk would be if the school was new and unfamiliar with accreditation and not provisionally accredited.

You also (hopefully) will be dealing with a program that has its kinks worked out already at the sister campus.

Best wishes to you! I am glad you found a different school in time. Is there a way to report that other "college" for the lies they are telling people?

elkpark

14,633 Posts

I think the provisional accreditation is because the school is new. The BON gives this to them and will give them permanent accreditation after the students have taken and passed the NCLEX amongst other things.

This is true. Every school starts out with "provisional" accreditation until they've graduated a few classes. It doesn't mean anything negative about the program. I agree that, since they are affiliated with a program that has already been accredited for some time, you probably would be fine going there. Every nursing program started somewhere (some time), and, if no one was willing to go to new programs, we'd never have any new nursing schools get started! :)

nursejd11

16 Posts

Seeing where they already have one campus accredited, I would take a chance. They have already been through the process once and obviously maintained that and are striving for accreditation as shown by their provisional status. What this means is they meet all the criteria for accreditation, but have yet to graduate a class. You see, accreditation is only granted upon graduation of the first class.

To me, Not really a big risk. A big risk would be if the school was new and unfamiliar with accreditation and not provisionally accredited.

You also (hopefully) will be dealing with a program that has its kinks worked out already at the sister campus.

Best wishes to you! I am glad you found a different school in time. Is there a way to report that other "college" for the lies they are telling people?

I do not know if I can report the school, but I looked it up online and apparently they have SEVERAL lawsuits against them for falsifying info given to students about credits transferring, etc. Pretty crazy?!?

kukukajoo, LPN

1,310 Posts

I do not know if I can report the school, but I looked it up online and apparently they have SEVERAL lawsuits against them for falsifying info given to students about credits transferring, etc. Pretty crazy?!?

I would start by calling the Attorney General for your state. They should have a consumer division and if they can't help (Which I would be shocked it they cant) they will certainly know who you should report this issue with.

I have a feeling that the Attorney General's office already has an open case file on this place. remember, you reporting this will likely prevent other people from getting royally shafted from this place.

You are soooo lucky you found out BEFORE you completed the program and were trying to transfer somewhere else! It sounds like a major nightmare!

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