accreditation. how do I know ?

  1. How do I know if an on-line program is accredited through my state ?
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  3. by   Pixie.RN
    Ask the school and your BON. Which school is it?
  4. by   Kap2013
    Online programs are not accredited with your state board of nursing. State BONs only recognize "in-state" schools and they are only concerned with schools that prepare students for licensure.

    So, if you are looking to enter the nursing field you should go to a physical campus in your state. As a matter of fact you will NOT find a pre-nursing program (completely) online due to the clinical elements required in earning an AS Nursing degree.

    If you however are looking at the RN to BSN programs, those can be completed online. As far as state recognition is concerned you do not need to pursue a BSN with a school that is recognized in your state because the RN to BSN does not lead to state licensure. Students in RN to BSN program ALREADY have taken their state exams (because they are RNs) and they are simply looking to further their education. At this level you should be looking at other types of accreditation such as CCNE, NLNAC...etc....not state approval.
  5. by   Meeh619
    Actually I'm looking into an online school for pre licensure BSN and it is accredited by my state's BON and CCNE. So yes online schools can be accredited by your state just look on your state BON's website. Hope this helps good luck!!
  6. by   Pixie.RN
    The OP is already an LPN, so it wouldn't be prelicensure; thus, she should check with the school and her BON.
  7. by   Meeh619
    Quote from LunahRN
    The OP is already an LPN, so it wouldn't be prelicensure; thus, she should check with the school and her BON.
    Yup you are right better to ask the school or BON. That pre licensure comment was for the pp who said no online schools are accredited by the BON only by CCNE just making a point that online schools can be BON approved.
    Last edit by Meeh619 on Nov 16, '13
  8. by   fairyluv
    I'm looking for LPN-RN thru Excelsior.
  9. by   JustBeachyNurse
    Excelsior is accredited regionally and by NY BoN as that is the physical location of the school. California does not accept Excelsior grads for licensing by examination or endorsement under any circumstances. Some states will only license by endorsement with stipulations (supervised practice, x# hours paid work experience as an RN in another state).


    Excelsior is NAEC (formerly known as NLNAC) accredited and an NLN Center of Excellence.

    You can review additional state board of nursing requirements here:

    http://www.excelsior.edu/state-board-requirements
    Last edit by JustBeachyNurse on Nov 17, '13
  10. by   wirehead
    The school should be able to give you this information, but being an LPN it is good to check with your BON to make sure they recognize whichever program you choose. You want regional accreditation, not just national. Regional will allow your credits to transfer if you continue your education towards an BSN, MSN, FNP, DNP, etc. Excelsior does their program in a strange way, you can CLEP out of classes, meaning you get study guides, take a test at a testing site after paying a fee, and if you pass with a certain grade, you'll get credit for that class. OH, and stay far far away from The College Network scam that works with Excelsior and Indiana State U!!!
    Last edit by wirehead on Nov 17, '13
  11. by   JustBeachyNurse
    Just to clarify The College Network is neither affiliated with nor endorsed by Excelsior. College Network does have a relationship with Indiana State.

    Chamberlain does not have an LPN to ASN or BSN program from what I understand. They do have a respected RN to BSN program though.
    The RN to BSN or MSN program at Excelsior is similar to the one at Chamberlain and other RN to BSN programs (unlike the ASN program which is competency/challenge exam based most RN to BSN programs are coursework based whether online class or independent work )

    I think the OP is looking for a bridge from LPN to RN
  12. by   wirehead
    Quote from JustBeachyNurse
    Just to clarify The College Network is neither affiliated with nor endorsed by Excelsior. College Network does have a relationship with Indiana State.

    Chamberlain does not have an LPN to ASN or BSN program from what I understand. They do have a respected RN to BSN program though.
    The RN to BSN or MSN program at Excelsior is similar to the one at Chamberlain and other RN to BSN programs (unlike the ASN program which is competency/challenge exam based most RN to BSN programs are coursework based whether online class or independent work )

    I think the OP is looking for a bridge from LPN to RN
    I realized that the OP was an LPN an edited my post accordingly. I was approached by TCN when I was an LPN and they told me their program for LPN to RN is affiliated with Excelsior, the materials were based on Excelsior classes, and when I finished I would be receiving my degree from Excelsior, this was 3 or 4 years ago, so maybe this has changed, but I don't think so. Either way, why would you pay them when you could go directly to Excelsior, you don't need them, they are a complete scam!
  13. by   wirehead
    I would suggest to the OP that whatever program you choose, that you have a clinical component you perform in a local setting, there are some significant changes from LPN to RN. For RN to BSN, I chose online because it just makes more sense for me since the BSN curriculum is based more on a management, leadership model, no real increased clinical knowledge.
  14. by   JustBeachyNurse
    The TCN reps often outright lie about the alleged affiliation between TCN & Excelsior. Excelsior has had a warning about using test prep companies on their site for at least the last few years.

    TCN isn't the only publisher offering study guides, there are a few others and it is imperative that all students be educated consumers when researching options

    Reputable schools will be happy to list their credentials and accreditation when prospective students inquire whether it is a non-traditional online /distance learning school or a traditional brick & mortar school.

    Just know that state boards of nursing generally only approve schools physically located in the respective state.

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