GinaR 644 Views
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The post above is correct. Accreditation by the NLN or CCNE is needed; regional accreditation too.
Take a look at the requirements for admission to any graduate school you are interested in. You will see that accreditation is needed.
I taught for a term at a for profit, nonaccredited BSN nursing program. I left teaching at that college because I did not want to be associated with the college administrators and owners, who only wish to make as big a profit as possible, with little true regard for their students' professional future. For profit colleges are very profitable businesses but a terrible way to pursue an education.
As a faculty member I saw how to keep students coming to them, college deans and college administrators minimized the difficulties students would face when applying to graduate schools. Later, when nearing their graduation, students would find that not even one of the graduate programs they were interested in would consider their application because they had a degree from a nonaccredited school. All doors to graduate school were closed. But by then, thousands and thousands of debt as student loans had built up, and all that money had become part of the college's profits.
A degree from a nonaccredited school is a dead end. It can lead to becoming a RN, but graduate school is impossible. I have seen students start a second undergraduate degree from an accredited college, and take on even more student debt, to use the second undergraduate degree to get into the graduate school of their choice.
I would not advice anyone to enroll at a nonaccredited school if they have even a tiny interest in attending graduate school someday.
I taught undergraduate nursing courses for one term at a for profit, nonaccredited college. My students were bright young people seeking a BSN. One of my purposes in joining allnurses.com is to alert readers to avoid considering this type of college as a place to get a nursing degree. As a faculty member, I saw how the only goal of the college administrators was to make as big a profit as possible, collecting all the cash they could from students' financial aid sources.
I left the college after one term because I became extremely uncomfortable at the dishonesty of college administrators, who deceived students into thinking that soon the college would be accredited and that they would have no problems attending graduate nursing programs. The college was far from ever being ready for accreditation, because accreditation was a minor interest of administrators as long as good profits could be made from students.
I heard college deans and college administrators minimize the difficulties that students would face trying to get into graduate school with a nonacredited degree. Only when students were nearing graduation and making inquiries at graduate schools on their own, did they realize that no graduate program that they were interested in would consider them as a student because of their nonaccredited degree. Much disappointment and anger followed. I think that the students could find jobs as RNs, but those who wanted to go on for masters and doctoral degrees, found that all doors were closed. What I saw them doing was applying to another accredited college for another undergraduate degree, taking on even more student debt, so that they could use that second undergraduate degree from an accredited college, to go to graduate school later.
To put it most bluntly, individuals who run for profit, nonaccredited schools of nursing are unscrupulous people who are making huge amounts of money taking advantage of naive students who are unaware that these college programs are scams. Stay away from them, even if it means a long wait for a place at an accredited college. A diploma from an unaccredited school is worth nothing when it comes time to apply to graduate school.
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