GMU RN to MSN Accreditation


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I am currently in an ADN RN program at a community college. I am hoping to go on and complete the RN to MSN program at GMU, after I have worked for a year.

My problem is that I just noticed that GMU's requirements is that the RN program is CCNE accredited, but my program is NLNAC accredited. HELP! Is there a legitimate reason why they don't allow NLNAC accreditation? It seems slightly disingenuous not to accept them as they accredit 1300 programs per year.

Any advice please!?!


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You're talking about George Mason University in VA? I just checked the website (since what you posted sounded fishy -- the CCNE only accredits BSN and graduate nursing programs, not ADN or diploma programs, so why would a program specifically for RNs who don't have a BSN require CCNE accreditation?) and this is what I found on the information page for the RN-to-MSN pathway program:

Admission Requirements

Applicants for the RN to MSN program must meet the following requirements to be considered for admission. Graduate admission is competitive and meeting minimum requirements does not guarantee admission to the program.

* Possess current RN license

* Be a graduate of an NLN or CCNE accredited nursing program ...

So, you are safe.


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Thanks!! I did see that, but I wasn't sure that the NLN was the same as the accrediting commision. I am assuming that the NLN and NLNAC are synonymous.

Thanks for your clarity.


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Yes, the NLNAC (NLN Accrediting Commission) is the division of the NLN (National League for Nursing) that accredits schools. The two terms (NLN and NLNAC) are used interchangeably.