Quote from mona b
I would be very surprised if DCN was not accepted in Ca. Aren't the issues that Ca has with EC related to clinicals? There are many hours of clinicals incorporated into DCN's program. However, Ca seems to do things differently so who knows how they would react to DCN.
Keep in mind that DCN and EC are two different animals. First and most importantly with DCN there are the clinicals, secondly, you are eligible for pn licensure once the first year is completed.
You may be right, although I've never heard of anyone going through DCN in CA. I've only heard of people going through EC and that was, of course, before the state disallowed it. This is why I don't think DCN is accepted, but I could be wrong.
I mentioned EC because the clinical requirements came up with that issue, and there are many. Just to name a few: You have to have state certified instructors, and the school has to have contracts with hospitals to conduct the clinicals. The clinicals have to be conducted concurrently with academic course work. The clinicals have to include various specialities which usually involve not one but several hospitals, since most hospitals don't have all of the specialties. (For example, my school has contracts with a dozen hospitals to cover all the required specialties.) And, if I'm not mistaken, you have to document at least 360 clinical hours supervised by the state certified instructors.
The state asked EC to meet these requirements and more, but they couldn't. Seems like it would be difficult for any distance learning program to meet all of those requirements but, once again, I could be wrong.