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Nursing School Accreditation

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by Finalynn Finalynn (New) New Nurse

Finalynn has 22 years experience and specializes in Critical Care.

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I attended an accredited community college and graduated in 1998 with an ADN.  Have held an RN license in two states and have worked as a Critical Care nurse for the last 19 years in a military hospital as a GS employee. I recently applied for a new position within the hospital and was informed that the Nursing school portion of my community college did not become accredited until 2011 even tho the college was accredited and therefore do not qualify for the new position. Does anyone have any suggestions on the next step I should take?  Very frustrated!! 

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Can you get a BSN from an accredited nursing school and back door your way in?  Not a quick or easy “fix” but I can’t really think of another solution. 

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What was the accreditation they held in 1998?  There are many different accreditation’s.

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Rose_Queen has 15 years experience as a BSN, MSN, RN and specializes in OR, education.

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Are you sure the program was accredited in nursing when you attended it vs approved by the BON or accredited by a different type of accrediting agency? This is something that seems to commonly generate confusion. Approval means the BON agrees that graduating students are eligible to sit for NCLEX. Accreditation in nursing is a further voluntary step that meets additional criteria, set by either ACEN or CCNE. There are also different types of accreditation out there such as regional, but those are not specific to nursing like ACEN and CCNE.

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MunoRN has 10 years experience as a RN and specializes in Critical Care.

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I think what the OP is saying is that the school was accredited, but the nursing program itself was not, which is possible since these are two different things.  An accredited school means your non-nursing program classes will likely be accepted if you were to try and transfer those credits, but the nursing degree itself won't.

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Jedrnurse has 25 years experience as a BSN, RN and specializes in school nurse.

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More than 20 years experience and they're worried about a scholastic glitch from the 90's??

Beyond ridiculous. Your competence/qualifications should be based on your decades of work experience, not over an ancient history bureaucratic technicality...

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