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Breckinridge school of nursing

Hi Im a LPN, and i just got accepted into Breckenridge school of nursing. Does anyone have any advice

I graduated from Breckinridge @ ITT Tech in 2013 from the Merrillville, Indiana campus. I had my likes and dislikes. I liked the fact that it is very small. I don't like the huge university setting so this was a PRO for me. Teachers, administrators, janitors, etc all knew students by name. It's a nice feeling. I do not like the cost. I had to pay out of pocket and it ended up being approximately 35,000 only because I had credits transferred over. Thank god! Also, it seems to be very unorganized. I don't know how your campus will be, but teachers were leaving, curriculum was misunderstood by students and faculty, contracts weren't enforced, etc.

Overall, I am happy with my education. I am an RN on a med surg unit at a hospital. I feel like my education there was enough for me to pass boards and start a new job. BUT... I took my education very seriously. I studied everyday. Good luck!

klone, MSN, RN

Has 14 years experience. Specializes in Women's Health/OB Leadership.

ITT's nursing program is NOT accredited. I would reconsider going there.

TheCommuter, BSN, RN

Has 14 years experience. Specializes in Case mgmt., rehab, (CRRN), LTC & psych.

ITT's nursing program is NOT accredited. I would reconsider going there.
Your point is highly salient, klone. ITT Tech's nursing program, a.k.a. the Breckinridge School of Nursing, is not regionally accredited, nor is it nationally accredited by the ACEN or CCNE.

This may result in difficulties later on down the line. For instance, federal employers such as the Department of Defense, the Veterans Administration, the Indian Health Service, and federal prisons will not hire RNs whose nursing programs were not accredited by the ACEN or CCNE.

Moreover, if you wanted to further your education, a staggering number of RN-to-BSN programs will either reject your application once they see you graduated from an unaccredited program or force you to retake many nursing courses to verify your competency. Pay attention to the fine print in ITT's commercials: "Credits earned are unlikely to transfer."

The RN-to-BSN degree program that readily accept transfer credits from ITT Tech are offered by the colossally expensive for-profit investor owned entities: Walden U, University of Phoenix, Kaplan U, Chamberlain, etc.

Advice? Yes -- don't go to ITT Tech.

Thanks for all the comments and concerns. Ive done quite abit of research regarding itt tech earth city. Ive also called the SBON which insured me, that i would b able 2 sit for my boards.

35,0000 for a lpn to rn bridge program??? :eek:. Wow.

Thanks for all the comments and concerns. Ive done quite abit of research regarding itt tech earth city. Ive also called the SBON which insured me, that i would b able 2 sit for my boards.

The sbon doesn't have anything to do with the school being accredited or not. Being able to sit for boards and attending an accredited program are two different things. As someone mentioned above, you will run into problems gaining employment.

Find another school

TheCommuter, BSN, RN

Has 14 years experience. Specializes in Case mgmt., rehab, (CRRN), LTC & psych.

Thanks for all the comments and concerns. Ive done quite abit of research regarding itt tech earth city. Ive also called the SBON which insured me, that i would b able 2 sit for my boards.

Yes, the program is state-approved. Yes, you will be able to sit for your boards and receive an RN license if you pass NCLEX. However, the school is still unaccredited. Approval and accreditation are two different issues altogether.

AOx1

Has 15 years experience. Specializes in ER, ICU, Education.

I have had so many students call begging to enter either our RN-BSN or our master's program from a non-accredited school. They are desperate, but the answer is still no. I would never go to a school that is not accredited. That is a ton of debt to take on for a very uncertain future. At the very least, get graduation and pass rates for the program. Also, check your local hiring customs out. Around here, I don't know many hospitals that will hire ITT grads, they all want accredited programs only, with a strong BSN preference.

LadyFree28, BSN, RN

Has 10 years experience. Specializes in Pediatrics, Rehab, Trauma.

I have had so many students call begging to enter either our RN-BSN or our master's program from a non-accredited school. They are desperate, but the answer is still no. I would never go to a school that is not accredited. That is a ton of debt to take on for a very uncertain future. At the very least, get graduation and pass rates for the program. Also, check your local hiring customs out. Around here, I don't know many hospitals that will hire ITT grads, they all want accredited programs only, with a strong BSN preference.

Please heed this post...

Google CCNE and ACEN; both are accreditation a for community colleges and universities (respectfully) that have nursing programs that have active to create an optimal atmosphere dedicated to nursing theory and education; most employers in this market are looking for prospective employees that have graduated from such programs; as well as if you decide to further your education in this business, universities won't be hard pressed to have you repeat courses or scrutinize your previous education.

klone, MSN, RN

Has 14 years experience. Specializes in Women's Health/OB Leadership.

With the increased popularity of for-profit programs, is coming the increased trend of hospitals saying "RN, must be from an accredited institution" which means that not only will federal employers not hire you, but also many large hospital networks.

I ask this question every single time this subject comes up, but I don't get it. Why would anyone pay 5 times the tuition for a program that isn't even accredited and will severely limit your job opportunities? I DO NOT GET IT. Why would you even take the chance?

LadyFree28, BSN, RN

Has 10 years experience. Specializes in Pediatrics, Rehab, Trauma.

I ask this question every single time this subject comes up, but I don't get it. Why would anyone pay 5 times the tuition for a program that isn't even accredited and will severely limit your job opportunities? I DO NOT GET IT. Why would you even take the chance?

People love to live in the "now" without being mindful to what is available in the now; meaning, they want what they want what they want without critically thinking about the options, issues, and most certainly, the repercussions.

ParkerBC,MSN,RN

Specializes in Medical Surgical/Addiction/Mental Health.

The Commuter is correct. Not only will you face roadblocks if you one day decide to further your education, but you will more than likely also find it difficult to find a floor position upon graduation and passing NCLEX- many hospitals require the school to be accredited by one of the nursing accreditation agencies.

Yes, the program is state-approved. Yes, you will be able to sit for your boards and receive an RN license if you pass NCLEX. However, the school is still unaccredited. Approval and accreditation are two different issues altogether.
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