Accredited Nursing Schools

  1. Hi, my name is Autumn, and I'm 18 years old. I am currently attending Nashville State Community College in Nashville, Tennessee to get my ADN-RN. I have already taken Psychology and English Comp. I (Summer 2012) and also A&P I, Statistics, Art Appreciation, and Speech (Fall 2012). The only other classes I am required to take to get into their nursing program is A&P II and Microbiology, but in order for my scholarship to help, I have to take at least 4 classes, so I am taking English Comp. II and Medical Ethics online. So far, my GPA is a 4.0, and I plan to keep it that way to help my chances of getting accepted into the nursing program. My main concern is that Nashville State's nursing program is only a "candidate" for becoming accredited. My advisor said they are a "state based" school and most other schools will accept my credits when I plan to continue my education to get my BSN after working a couple of years. If the process goes through, Nashville State will be accredited in April of 2015. I have already mailed my nursing application in, and if I get accepted, I will start this Fall and graduate in May of 2015. I am very anxious, but I couldn't imagine myself being anything else but a nurse! Do y'all think I should play it safe and transfer to a nursing school that's already accredited, or would I be fine at Nashville State Community College? Thank you all for your help!!
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  3. by   keya86tiff
    Maybe u should find out is that college a good school before you! Talk with advisor & get others opinion! Do whatever best for you try to stay away from private school being that it's so expensive! Good luck
  4. by   Hypnotica
    I don't want to steer you in the wrong direction, but most likely they will become accredited. It's risky, of course. Personally, I'd transfer to a school that's already been accredited for at least 2 years. I suppose it doesn't matter when a school is accredited, but I view it as the longer it's accredited, the more time the school has to iron out all their kinks in the program. I could be completely wrong though. Just don't put all your eggs in one basket.
  5. by   Exhaustipated
    Is the nursing program at Nashville State a new one? The school I go to (and am hoping to get in to for nursing) had only provisional accreditation until they graduated their first class. Once that class graduated, they achieved full accreditation. However, you should never put all your eggs in one basket when it comes to nursing programs (as Winterling said before me). Go ahead and apply to other programs, just in case. If you have your heart set on Nashville State and you're just worried about the accreditation issue, maybe talk to the Program Director, if you haven't already. They may be able to give you additional information that your advisor doesn't have, since that person is probably directly involved in the program's bid for accreditation.

    Good luck!
  6. by   Autumn94
    Thank you all for your help!! But Nashville State's nursing program isn't new. It's been around for a little while as far as I know. Another school I'm considering is Columbia State Community College. The only thing is that my spring 2013 classes won't end by the time their nursing program starts. I absolutely love Nashville State, and they have great professors. I just hope everything works out for the best!!
  7. by   serenitylove14
    A girl I use to work with went to Nashville State and graduated in May. She took her NCLEX and all that. I figured they would have become accredited by now. This will limit your choices as a new grad. Especially Vanderbilt and the VA.
  8. by   Autumn94
    Well, it says on the website they will be accredited in April of 2015 if they reach all the requirements and stuff like that. Did your friend have a hard time finding a job?
  9. by   MyOwnBlueSky
    Hi! I am currently at NSCC as well, however I am enrolled in the transfer pathway to Belmont's BSN program which allows one to take the 64 hours at NSCC and then transfer into spots that are specifically held for the pathway students at Belmont. From what I understand through research and talking to people in the profession, you should definitely only graduate from an accredited program or, like the above poster said, you will be limiting your choices of job placement. NSCC's program is only 1-2 years old and they are still waiting to be accredited. Before choosing the BSN route, I was going to go to Aquinas College here in Nashville which also has and ADN/ASN 2 year program.
    There is a very informative discussion here on allnurses "accredited or not accredited" that you should read. Do your research so that you do not waste your time. Also, going to a non accredited will hinder the chances of you advancing your education to a BSN or MSN as well. Good luck!
  10. by   serenitylove14
    She found an out of state job as a camp nurse during the summer. I am not sure about now.
  11. by   Autumn94
    Well they are planned to get accredited in April of 2015 if everything works out. I do plan to go back online and get my BSN after working a couple of years to get some experience. From what my advisor told me, they are a state based school and my nursing credits will transfer to most schools so that I can further my education. Wow, I'm super nervous now. I mean I'm pretty certain that they will get accredited because they are a very good school, and I heard their nursing program was very good as well. It's just the "what if" they don't get accredited part that eats me up inside! 😣
  12. by   serenitylove14
    Also I know Vanderbilt just started only excepting BSN candidates for there nurse residency program, if you were wanting to go ahead and go get your BSN.
  13. by   Schabe
    I have also applied for the nursing program at NSCC. I just received my letter for an interview a few days ago and I am also nervous about the accreditation issue. I'm not sure what I should do.
  14. by   Cindymorris82
    I have applied to the NSCC program for Fall 2013. Accreditation isn't as much of an issue as people are making it. I work at St. Thomas and know several of the new grads from NSCC that have been hired. We even have one on my unit in ICU. I've heard there is a really good possibility that thy will have it completed by August.