It’s no secret there are multiple paths to becoming a registered nurse, and not all of them involve earning a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN). A major benefit of earning a BSN is the amount of time that outside parties spend reviewing the school’s curriculum and making sure course content meets appropriate quality standards.
At the Northeastern School of Nursing, we take great strides to offer Boston nursing programs that are relevant to today’s nurses and the fast-changing nature of health care. To ensure the quality of our programs, we maintain accreditations at the state, regional, and industry level.
Here are 4 benefits of completing your nursing education at an accredited nursing school:
1. Scope of Curriculum Review
Accreditation is an intense process for all involved – the accrediting body as well as the school’s faculty and staff. It requires the completion of several steps including self-studies conducted by the institution and its programs, peer review from schools with similar standards, and regular site visits from members of the accrediting organization. It’s easy to trust in the quality of a curriculum that’s gone through so many checks and balances!
2. Eligibility for Financial Aid
Federal and state organizations that provide scholarships and loans to students want to make sure their money is being used wisely. For this reason, they typically require accreditation as a condition of receiving funds. In other words, if you attend an accredited nursing school in Massachusetts, you have a better chance of receiving financial assistance at the federal and state level than if you earned a degree at a non-accredited school.
3. Ability to Transfer Credits
Accreditation is a key way for other schools to gauge the quality of coursework from other institutions you’ve attended. If you’re a Direct Entry Nursing student, this becomes an issue if you plan to continue your education beyond the BSN and master’s degree you’ll receive from our program – for example, a master’s degree in a different clinical specialization or a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP).
4. Value to Employers
Many healthcare employers are recruiting nurses with an RN license and a BSN from an accredited nursing school. Institutions that offer an accredited nursing curriculum have a heightened awareness of how nursing education impacts patient safety and the advanced critical-thinking skills required of nurses today.
Northeastern University is regionally accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC), and the (baccalaureate/master’s) programs at the Northeastern University School of Nursing are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). Northeastern is also in good standing with the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Nursing. Combined, these accreditations ensure we’re offering an effective nursing curriculum that means something to students and employers alike.
Let’s talk about how the Direct Entry Nursing Program from Northeastern can be the first step in a rewarding nursing career. Contact us today by calling 866.892.3819 or requesting information online.