Published Sep 30, 2016
I am desperate! I really want to attend nursing school, but I am in a location where there is only one nursing school which is not nationally accredited. This would not be an issue if I was not a military wife and wanted to work in a military hospital. Here is my question, after attending a non accredited ADN school, could I pursue an accredited BSN and work at the military hospital or VA? Or will this non accredited ADN still be a problem.
I think you would have difficulty finding an RN-BSN program that would accept you. All that I have seen state the candidate must have graduated from an accredited school of nursing or their own ADN program. I would call any of the programs you think you would apply for and ask them.
meanmaryjean, DNP, RN
There is a lot of murkiness and misunderstanding around accreditation. If you don't mind- tell us what accreditation the school does have- and I think we might me more able to offer our opinions.
klone, MSN, RN
I think you would have difficulty finding an RN-BSN program that would accept you.
I believe, depending upon the school, WGU would accept them. I know there is a regular poster here who did just that.
Thank you in advance for the help! Here is what they state...
"The Practical and ADN Nursing program is approved by the Minnesota Board of Nursing.
Northland Community and Technical College is accredited by the
They are missing the national accreditation
Your focus should be on what will the BON take in order to issue you a license. The Board of Nursing in my state won't issue you a license unless you have graduated from a school with national accreditation or they have to approve the program you went through. They recognize ACEN, CCNE and state board approved schools. The question is; will other states recognize the state board approved schools?
The best way is to call the Board of Nursing to see what they will accept. Being a military person you need to make sure, that when you try to endorse your license over to another state, that the state will recognize the state approved schools of the state you took them in...stating a fact (humor).
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Look at the bottom paragraph.
Your focus should be on what will the BON take in order to issue you a license.
Actually, state BONs are historically LESS stringent than many employers (such as the VA) and most graduate programs. Most state BONs do not require a school have *nursing program* accreditation in order to be eligible to take the NCLEX.
All great information! Thank you!!!
TheCommuter, BSN, RN
Your focus should be on what will the BON take in order to issue you a license. The Board of Nursing in my state won't issue you a license unless you have graduated from a school with national accreditation or they have to approve the program you went through.
There is not one single board of nursing in the United States that requires nursing programs to be accredited.
I have been saying that confidently here, too, for a long time, but I just recently ran across a source that indicated there are at least a few states that do require graduation from an accredited (ACEN or CCNE) program in order to be eligible for licensure. This evening, I can't figure out what to type into Google in order to find the list of which states those are (I've tried several different approaches, but, no luck).
NurseGirl525, ASN, RN
The accreditation that you need for another university to accept your credits is regional accreditation, not national. National is typically what is needed to find a job as most employers will not accept a nurse who has not graduated from a nationally accredited school. Even if they pass NCLEX.
If your credits don't transfer, they are worthless. Literally worthless to anybody except the school you graduated from. There is no other school within a 100 mile radius?
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