Unaccredited associates anyone ? Online?

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Hello! Nurses!! Completely new here, so if this question is already answered, just answer it again lol ..please help. Here's the thing!! looking for a unaccredited online school that offers something like an associate bridge prorgram. For a cna continuing education. Or a associate program that could later be accepted by another school (unaccredited)

What unaccredited schools have u guys completed online? Any issues with getting aide ? Any problems where u weren't accepted, couldn't sit for exam? Because of (unaccredited) ?? Currently in ny but will travel for clinicals if needed and will take test in another state if needed be .

Thanks!

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Didn't say thank you lol

caliotter3

38,333 Posts

I am curious about why you would want to attend an unaccredited program.

Prettyinpink1

Prettyinpink1

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Thanks for the reply, isn't it faster and a bit more affordable?

llg

llg, PhD, RN

Specializes in Nursing Professional Development. Has 45 years experience. 13,469 Posts

Thanks for the reply, isn't it faster and a bit more affordable?

No, not necessarily. Sometimes, they are longer and more expensive -- run by people trying to take advantage of people who don't know any better and take their money. Also, sometimes the program might appear to be shorter, but because they make so many people repeat classes, it can end up being longer and more expensive.

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elkpark

14,633 Posts

I cannot think of any legitimate reason nowadays to attend a program that lacks either regional academic accreditation or national nursing accreditation. To do so is closing off a lot of future opportunities for yourself before you even get started.

Welcome to allnurses -- best wishes for your journey!

OrganizedChaos, LVN

Specializes in M/S, LTC, Corrections, PDN & drug rehab. Has 10 years experience. 1 Article; 6,883 Posts

There is no such thing as a bridge program for CNAs. There are generic RN & BSN programs.

/username, BSN, RN

Specializes in Critical Care. 526 Posts

Why would you want to attend a non-accredited school? You will not be able to work 99% of jobs, much less even take the nclex....

OrganizedChaos, LVN

Specializes in M/S, LTC, Corrections, PDN & drug rehab. Has 10 years experience. 1 Article; 6,883 Posts

Why would you want to attend a non-accredited school? You will not be able to work 99% of jobs, much less even take the nclex....

Well that's just not true. I believe to work with the VA/government they want a graduate from an accredited program. The nursing program I plan on attending isn't accredited & I don't know one person who has graduated from there having a difficult time landing employment.

elkpark

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Well that's just not true. I believe to work with the VA/government they want a graduate from an accredited program. The nursing program I plan on attending isn't accredited & I don't know one person who has graduated from there having a difficult time landing employment.

Of course graduates of unaccredited programs are able to find jobs and have long, full careers -- but it is undeniable that choosing that route is closing off a lot of professional opportunities for yourself. Employers that will only hire graduates of accredited schools include the entire VA system, the entire US military, most (all?) academic medical centers, and many of the other more desirable employers in healthcare.

While accreditation is, by itself, not an indication of a school's quality, and there are plenty of unaccredited programs that offer a great nursing education, I really can't see any justification these days for attending an unaccredited program. It's just going to limit you as you move forward in your career.

/username, BSN, RN

Specializes in Critical Care. 526 Posts

Well that's just not true. I believe to work with the VA/government they want a graduate from an accredited program. The nursing program I plan on attending isn't accredited & I don't know one person who has graduated from there having a difficult time landing employment.

I recently looked at every major health system in my area (with the exception of 3), and every. single. one. required graduation from an accredited program. I'm sure that there are places that you don't have to graduate from an accredited program to work at, but those are the exception, not the rule.

I just checked the last three, and 2/3 explicitly require graduation from an accredited program.

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OrganizedChaos, LVN

Specializes in M/S, LTC, Corrections, PDN & drug rehab. Has 10 years experience. 1 Article; 6,883 Posts

Of course graduates of unaccredited programs are able to find jobs and have long, full careers -- but it is undeniable that choosing that route is closing off a lot of professional opportunities for yourself. Employers that will only hire graduates of accredited schools include the entire VA system, the entire US military, most (all?) academic medical centers, and many of the other more desirable employers in healthcare.

While accreditation is, by itself, not an indication of a school's quality, and there are plenty of unaccredited programs that offer a great nursing education, I really can't see any justification these days for attending an unaccredited program. It's just going to limit you as you move forward in your career.

I think it varies by area. It is not an issue here where I live. There is also not a VA near me nor can I work for the military so it is a non issue for me. I don't see an issue with going to a reputable nursing program that is unaccredited. I can still get a job & continue my education if I choose. I don't know anyone from the college in my town that has had issues with any of that.

ETA: I am going back to the same college where I got my LVN. I had zero issues with landing jobs (I was offered a position in a hospital right out of nursing school but dumb young me turned it down). I also had some interviews with the VA. I don't foresee landing a job after graduating from said college will be difficult for me.

But I believe it varies by area. I live in a rural area, if I lived in a big city like Houston, Dallas or Austin then I'm sure it would be an issue.

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OrganizedChaos, LVN

Specializes in M/S, LTC, Corrections, PDN & drug rehab. Has 10 years experience. 1 Article; 6,883 Posts

I recently looked at every major health system in my area (with the exception of 3), and every. single. one. required graduation from an accredited program. I'm sure that there are places that you don't have to graduate from an accredited program to work at, but those are the exception, not the rule.

I just checked the last three, and 2/3 explicitly require graduation from an accredited program.

That maybe true for you but it is not for me as I am sure it is for other people. I'm sure it is location dependent.

ETA: I just looked up ADN programs near me to see if they were accredited. Only 1 is & they have a horrible reputation compared to the other 2 programs that aren't.