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Hi all!

I have been waiting to be a nurse since I was 16. I'm 30 now, and I'm tired of letting things get in my way. So I'm looking into colleges, and I have come across ATA College.

Practical Nursing Programs | Louisville, KY | ATA College

I have been in contact with an admissions counselor, and a couple of things concern me about this school.

- She told me that there is no entrance exam. This seems out of the norm compared to other schools I have looked into, so this made me look into their accreditation.

- They are approved by the Kentucky Board of Nursing, and I will be eligible to sit for the NCLEX-PN. They are institutionally accredited by The Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools (ABHES), and licensed by The Kentucky Commission for Proprietary Education. That's it though, so there isn't any other nursing specific accreditation.

Looking around, there seems to be "better" accreditation out there for nursing schools. If everything does go smoothy and I do end up with my LPN through this school, will there be any trouble in getting a job because of their accreditation?

I realize I probably won't be able to transfer my credits if I decide to continue my education at a different school. I think I'm okay with that, because I don't see myself wanting to be an RN. (My passion is ltc so that's why I'm okay with just being an LPN.)

Also this counselor said that their pass rate for the NCLEX-PN was 97% is there a way I can verify this?

I know it seems silly that I would be choosing an expensive school like this but I have certain reasons. I want to be an LPN (I WILL BE ONE.) so I'm just exploring my options. Thank you so much for reading this and I would appreciate any insight into accreditation or any other advice you might have.

Specializes in Education, FP, LNC, Forensics, ED, OB.

Hello Meow278

We moved your thread to the Schools/Colleges forum for the best response.

Accreditation information:

The program is not nationally accredited by the ACEN (enter the state and type of program, then search): Search ACEN Accredited Nursing Programs

It is not regionally accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) (click on the state of Kentucky): http://www.sacscoc.org/#KY

You can find the 2017 NCLEX pass rate (86%) here: https://kbn.ky.gov/education/Documents/NCLEX%20Pass%20Rates.pdf

Good luck with your decisions.

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