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  1. Hi.. I have decided to go back to school to become an RN; however, I am struggling on choosing a school and hoping that I can get some advise here. The first school of thought was MCI. They unfortunately are very expensive but offer an A.S Degree program, on the other hand it is not currently accredited by the NLNAC but they are a candidate for this. It is a 15-month accelerated program and they offer evening classes which is what I need to take because I will continue work. The classes are 5 days a week and last only 5 weeks, clinicals are done on the weekends. Second is Riverside Health Professions school which also offers an evening class 2 nights a week and every other weekend for 3 years. This school is accredited by the NLNAC but offers a diploma program. This school is significatly less costly at 18,700. However, I am not sure how important an A.S Degree is vs a diploma or how important NLNAC accrediation is versus just the regular accrediation - comission of colleges accrediation. I just want to make sure that I make the right choice. Would love some opinions.. Danielle