How many of you graduated from a Nursing program that was NOT NLNAC accreditated?

  1. Have you had any issues with being hired? If so, please elaborate.
    For those of you who graduated from an LPN or ADN program; were you
    able to go on to an NLNAC-accreditated college to complete your next
    degree in Nursing (whether it was to step up to ADN or BSN)?


    I'm looking into a college that is accredited, but not by the NLNAC. My idea is to complete their LPN
    program and transition to a more affordable city or state college to complete my RN. I'm worried
    that graduating from a Nursing program that is not NLNAC-accreditated will make it harder for me
    to get a job or get into a NLNAC-accredited LPN-RN ADN transition program.

    Monroe College (New York City) is the college that I am interviewing with this Wednesday. PLEASE HELP!
    [FONT=Franklin Gothic Medium]http://www.monroecollege.edu/Default...4-7996270d9882

    [FONT=Franklin Gothic Medium]Monroe College is accredited by the Commission on Higher Education of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools. The Commission on Higher Education is an institutional accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education and the Commission on Recognition of Postsecondary Accreditation.

    Monroe College is authorized by the Board of Regents of the University of the State of New York to grant a Certificate in Practical Nursing, the Associate in Science (A.S.), degree in Criminal Justice, Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.) degrees in Accounting, Baking and Pastry, Business Administration, Culinary Arts, Hospitality Management, Information Technology, Medical Administration, Medical Assisting, Pharmacy Technician, and Registered Nursing. Bachelor of Business Administration degrees (B.B.A.) in , Accounting, Business Management, General Business, Health Services Administration, Hospitality Management, Information Technology, the Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree in Criminal Justice and Public Health, and a Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) degree in Business Management. Its curricula are registered by the State Education Department.


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  3. by   2BSure
    I really think you are ill-advised if you do this. We had a college where I am that did this and quite a few had trouble with employment initially. The college was quite misleading about the problems they might encounter.

    By all means apply, if it costs you nothing or very little. Most important is check with a couple of the big nursing employers in your area and ask if they employ people from this school. The biggest employer in our area, the hospital attached to the university (along with all of its clinics) would not employ anyone from this school.

    You also need to call your local tech school and University to see about their transfer policy. I do know that our local tech college did accept transfers from this school but I have no idea of the details of them.

    AGAIN...DO NOT RELY on this college to provide you with information about employment or transfers. Do your homework. Also, ask them if they have applied to be accredited (you can check yourself on the NLNAC website).

    Good luck.
  4. by   *guest*
    i have already started to research this. i have emailed every adn nlnac-accreditated program in the state of new york and i'm just waiting to hear back from more advisors.

    the lpn program at monroe college is very new (2 years old i believe), and they have not applied with the nlnac yet. i have spoken to an nlnac director.

    did you graduate from a program that was not nlnac accreditated?
  5. by   2BSure
    I just checked and this college of yours doesn't even appear to be on the NLNAC candidacy list (last published Dec 2008). I find this odd.

    No I did not and would not have gone to a school that wasn't NLNAC accredited. If you were my friend or relative I would tell you to avoid this school.

    Also, my hospital has still not hired anyone from our local private school that had no accreditation. So that is two out of three of the big hospitals in my area that won't hire.
  6. by   *guest*
    omg ugh i am so stressed out by this. the college is accreditated, as you can see above. does your hospital avoid hiring those who don't specifically have nlnac accreditation?

    i'm so sad about this. i worked so hard to get an interview. i scored 96th/99th percentile for both exams for lpn program...and now this...? *sigh* i do appreciate your help though.
  7. by   2BSure
    Quote from cocobella
    omg ugh i am so stressed out by this. the college is accreditated, as you can see above. does your hospital avoid hiring those who don't specifically have nlnac accreditation?

    i'm so sad about this. i worked so hard to get an interview. i scored 96th/99th percentile for both exams for lpn program...and now this...? *sigh* i do appreciate your help though.
    i am sorry i don't understand what you mean by "the college is accredited". this monroe college is not nlnac accredited nor has it applied. it doesn't mean you cannot take your boards and get a license. this sort of thing can matter to other colleges for transferring (rn to bsn programs etc.). employment wise you may be limited initially.

    what is this college's relationship to nyu?

    my hospital doesn't have a policy about not hiring people from my local non nlnac accredited school but they haven't yet and they have been pumping out rns for about 4 years now. however, they did just get accredited this year so perhaps that will change. at least our local place had applied for it. here we have a tech school and a huge university that graduate rns every semester so we have a choice.
  8. by   *guest*
    oh, the college is accredited by the commission on higher education of the middle states association of colleges and schools. the commission on higher education is an institutional accrediting agency recognized by the u.s. secretary of education and the commission on recognition of postsecondary accreditation. (from above).

    my idea is to just go to the lpn program here..and transer to an rn program. i am asking around and waiting for replies. i already know of lpns who have graduated from here and been hired...however, my only concern is being able to go to another college for my rn.
  9. by   c_beshore_rn
    Accreditation by the board of regents and the nlnac are two very diff things. In our state if a college in not accreditated by the nursing aspect of accredidation you are not even allowed to sit for boards. If you did that good on your test there u will do that good at any other college because its a standardized test. Its the same where ever u go.

    I went to lpn school in 1995 and RN school in 2005. I only got to skip the first semester of RN school because I was an LPN first because our school did not have an official "Bridge Program". I know other schools let u skip the first 2 semesters of RN school if they do have a bridge program. But, you'll still spend a year getting those college prereqs out of the way. Any college will suffice for those pesky little credits.

    I recently transfered to a University to obtain my BSN and it's cake so far. 95% online....no clinical componants. I always said if I had it to do over again I would have started in 1995 and just entered a BSN program directly!!! Much less school then I've had to endure overall. But...I believe the training u get in most LPN programs is priceless. Rigorous, to say the least, but priceless. Hope this helps, but I'm from MO and things are different wherever u go. Good luck
  10. by   exmil77
    I understand what you are asking. The school IS accredited, but just not accredited by NLNAC. The school I am in (RN) is not NLNAC accredited, and everyone that has graduated has found a job. We are state and regionally accredited. The CCNE is another accredidation body for nursing schools. I could have went to the 2 local CC's that are NLNAC, but I will be DONE and licensed at my current school before I would have gotten in there. If you have a choice, going to the school with the most/best accredidation would be your best bet. With that being said, there are plenty of GREAT schools that are not NLNAC accredited. As far as advancing your degree, some colleges WANT credits from NLNAC or CCNE schools, but it is not always required. I know in my area (major metro area in the Midwest) there are several BSN, MSN, CRNA, and PhD programs that I can get into. (I know I still have to apply, but I mean they will accept my degree from my current non NLNAC school) I am going to get my BSN from a NLNAC program, as alot of masters programs want that.

    Do what is best for you. Work and study hard, pass the NCLEX, and get a wonderful job!
  11. by   *guest*
    Quote from exmil77
    i understand what you are asking. the school is accredited, but just not accredited by nlnac. the school i am in (rn) is not nlnac accredited, and everyone that has graduated has found a job. we are state and regionally accredited. the ccne is another accredidation body for nursing schools. i could have went to the 2 local cc's that are nlnac, but i will be done and licensed at my current school before i would have gotten in there. if you have a choice, going to the school with the most/best accredidation would be your best bet. with that being said, there are plenty of great schools that are not nlnac accredited. as far as advancing your degree, some colleges want credits from nlnac or ccne schools, but it is not always required. i know in my area (major metro area in the midwest) there are several bsn, msn, crna, and phd programs that i can get into. (i know i still have to apply, but i mean they will accept my degree from my current non nlnac school) i am going to get my bsn from a nlnac program, as alot of masters programs want that.

    do what is best for you. work and study hard, pass the nclex, and get a wonderful job!
    this is encouraging. i know of lpns from this program who have been hired...so while being hired is a concern of mine, my bigger concern is being able to finish my bachelors at another college (not necessarily a bsn either).

    is your college ccne accredited? i don't see anything about mine being ccne accredited.

    thanks so much to everyone who has replied to me so far.
  12. by   roseynurse345
    When you finish LPN school, are you receiving a certificate or a degree? If this is a certificate program, usually the courses you take will not transfer to the ADN program, you receive credit for being an LPN, that is how you are able to skip a course. Doesn't Monroe have a LPN to RN program as well? Also, the school usually lists the schools they have articulation agreements with, you can possibly find it in the school handbook.
  13. by   *guest*
    Quote from roseynurse345
    When you finish LPN school, are you receiving a certificate or a degree? If this is a certificate program, usually the courses you take will not transfer to the ADN program, you receive credit for being an LPN, that is how you are able to skip a course. Doesn't Monroe have a LPN to RN program as well? Also, the school usually lists the schools they have articulation agreements with, you can possibly find it in the school handbook.

    Hello There,

    The program is listed as an LPN certificate. Actually, every single LPN program that I have seen in NYC is listed as a certificate. I didn't realize that you could receive your degree as an LPN.I haven't seen that before. Most colleges offer an LPN certificate and an RN Associates program from what I have seen.

    Monroe College does offer an ADN. And I am sure if I do well in their LPN program, I will be able to transfer to it. However, my biggest reason for wanting to transfer to another RN program after this one, is so that I can finish my ADN at an NLNAC accredited college.

    Many of these colleges are typically cheaper...so that's a plus. Monroe College charges $24,000 TOTAL, for their LPN program. I'm not even necessarily worried about money...but I'm starting to think if I graduate from somewhere that is NLNAC accredited, then I will weed out extra obstacles in the future in regards to employment.

    Once I am graduated I would like to gain my year experience, anywhere really, and then sign up under a traveling agency. Hmmmmm...what to do what to do? :uhoh21:
  14. by   Junebugfairy
    24,000$$

    yikes!

    i am paying 6,700+- 1,000 for my rn!!

    seriously, you did so well on your entrance test, like i did, you can be accepted to a cheaper school that will not drain you.

    i was accepted to all 3 schools i applied to..

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