Will I run in to trouble with this RN degree?


I am applying to several nursing schools. My number one choice is a CCNE, NATIONALLY accredited program. I know that I later want to go for CRNA. How much trouble would I run in to if I obtained my license from this national accredited school? I realize that I would basically be forced to go for CRNA at another nationally accredited school. Is that difficult? a headache?

Specializes in Anesthesia, Pain, Emergency Medicine. Has 44 years experience.

I have no idea what you are asking?

You do not fet your license from the school but each state you practice in.


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I'm referring to my credits and the issue of a CRNA program not accepting my RN degree from a nationally accredited program.

Specializes in Anesthesia, Pain, Emergency Medicine. Has 44 years experience.

Sorry, I may be dense.

Why would any CRNA program not accept your RN from a nationally accredited program?

Specializes in NICU, ICU, PICU, Academia. Has 46 years experience.

Because most schools, in order to accept transfer credits, must be REGIONALLY accredited. (As in North Central Association, Southern Association). National accreditation means little. Look at the requirements for several schools which you're considering, that will be the test.


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Has 3 years experience.

You need to go to regionally accredited school. Otherwise you may have problems with transfer credit and recognition of your degree.

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wtbcrna, MSN, DNP, CRNA

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Specializes in Anesthesia.

I would avoid a nationally accredited school, if your ultimate goal is to pursue advanced education at a different university later on.


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Thanks everyone for the helpful responses. Now I have to rearrange my list of applications :/ I thought it was too good to be true :(


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You might not need to rearrange. CCNE is an accrediting body for schools of nursing only that is recognized In all states. You should look into whether the school has accreditation by other accrediting bodies that accredits the entire school and not just nursing specific.


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Specializes in CRNA.

CCNE is a specialized nursing accreditor. Their accreditation will allow graduates to sit the NCLEX. Regional accreditation is the gold standard for postsecondary institutions-'colleges'. The vast majority of higher ed is regionally accredited, and will only recognize credits earned at other regionally accredited institutions. You can become an RN at a nationally accreditied program, but your degree won't be recognized by many academic institutions. I'll bet the nursing program you are looking at is also at a 'for profit' instituion.


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Has 5 years experience.


I have also researched this topic at length, and it depends on the schools themselves. The private university CRNA programs that I have looked into require a BSN degree/RN license, and it does not matter whether your previous school was CCNE accredited or Regionally accredited. You will have to take the GRE and have an outstanding GPA from whichever nursing program that you have graduated from. Good luck with choosing the pathway that will be the best for you!


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Specializes in CRNA.

It will not matter if the nursing program was CCNE or NLNAC accredited. The nursing program must be accredited by either/or, and both will allow you to take boards. As for regionally accreditation, check on the Registrar page, or the Graduate School page of the university website where you are considering application. That's where you will find the information about requirements for regionally accreditation for undergrad degrees.