There are two types of institutional accreditation: national and regional, both of which are equally recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Thousands of educational institutions hold each type of institutional accreditation. For more details on institutional accreditation, please view our National vs Regional Accreditation video.
Accreditation is voluntary, yet many nursing schools pursue accreditation for various reasons, like assisting graduates in transferring to other accredited programs as they continue their education to Baccalaureate, Masters, or even Doctorate nursing programs.
Nightingale College understands the importance of accreditation and is institutionally accredited and its nursing programs are programmatically accredited. The College’s institutional accreditation is by the Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools (ABHES), a national accreditor recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Additionally, the ADN Program is accredited programmatically by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc (ACEN), and the BSN/RN-to-BSN Program is accredited programmatically by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).
Accredited institutions and programs adhere to standards set by their accreditor. The metric for programmatic success may vary from one accreditor to another. You can locate the standards by visiting the accreditor’s website. For example, the ACEN standards are located within their Accreditation Manual, and the CCNE standards are located in their Standards For Accreditation.
Some accreditors, institutions, and state boards of nursing still emphasize first-time NCLEX pass rates. Nightingale College disagrees with this metric in favor of measuring overall success on NCLEX and the resulting licensure rates.
To satisfy the first-time NCLEX pass rates, many nursing programs will not accept students who do not test well in the first place or withdraw students who do not meet the benchmark on NCLEX-success predictor exams prior to graduation, in order to maintain high levels of first-time pass rates, resulting in low admission and graduation rates. Nightingale College believes these practices are unethical and are not in alignment with the College’s commitment to providing nursing education access for rural and underserved populations and reducing the nursing shortage. If a learner demonstrates understanding of nursing concepts and has developed the skills to provide effective nursing care, Nightingale faculty and staff believe these learners must be given the opportunity to pursue a career in nursing. Nightingale College will not sacrifice potential nurses to artificially boost first-time pass rates.
Diversity in the nursing profession is important for effective patient care. Nightingale College is committed to creating a more diverse nursing workforce and bringing nursing education access to rural and underserved communities. The College is committed to admitting and graduating learners regardless of geographic location or socioeconomic background.
Nurses are in high demand. Most if not all medical facilities recruit registered nurses without regard to passing the NCLEX on the first attempt, because they realize there is no correlation between test taking skills and patient care. In fact, nursing is the only profession that emphasizes first-time pass rates. Doctors can attempt the medical board exam as many times as needed and become a doctor. Lawyers are never questioned as to how many times they attempted the state bar exam. Hence medical and law schools are not penalized based on first-time pass rates. So why do some nursing accreditors and regulators place so much pressure on nursing students to pass an exam the very first time?
How to Verify Accreditation
- Visit your institution’s accreditation page to see who their accreditors are.
- Go to the accreditor’s official site.
- Enter the information to verify that your program or institution is indeed accredited.
For example, Nightingale College’s BSN/RN-to-BSN program is accredited by CCNE. Visit https://www.aacnnursing.org/CCNE and enter “Nightingale College” (since it is based in Utah, enter Utah into the state field) to see the BSN/RN-to-BSN programmatic accreditation.
For a full list of Nightingale College’s accreditations, visit nightingale.edu/accreditation-and-approvals/
Are Nightingale College’s Nursing Programs Approved by your State?
Nightingale College is a distance-learning nursing education provider that is nationally accredited. Since the College began in Ogden, Utah, it is based in Utah and offers the ADN and BSN programs in Utah, Idaho, Wyoming, and the BSN Program in Nevada, as well as the RN-to-BSN program option in 13 states and counting. Prior to enrolling learners in other states, the College works to meet the requirements at both state and national levels. Nightingale College has been approved by Utah to participate in the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (SARA). NC-SARA is a voluntary, regional approach to state oversight of postsecondary distance education. For a full list of Nightingale College’s state approvals, visit the State Approvals page.
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