There are a lot of things to consider when you make the decision to go back to school. One is accreditation. At Northeastern University, we offer an accredited nursing program in Boston. But why is accreditation so important? Read on to find out.
What does accreditation mean?
When a university or college is accredited, it means that the educational institution or program has been reviewed by the National Advisory Committee on Institutional Quality and Integrity (NACIQI) and meets the secretary of education’s criteria. A full list of the secretary’s criteria is listed here, but in summary, important criteria that is evaluated by the secretary include:
After meeting the above criteria, universities and colleges are then accredited by one of six regional accreditation agencies, including:
If a college or university is accredited, does that mean their nursing program is too?
Not necessarily. In order for nursing programs to become accredited, the program must be reviewed to meet the above criteria and in addition, must receive a positive review from the National Advisory Committee. Then, the program must receive accreditation from one of the two national nursing education accreditation bodies, which are:
Why is going to an accredited nursing program important?
Receiving a degree from an accredited program means that you attended a reputable educational institution that met the national standards of nursing education, which will qualify you to sit for the NCLEX examination. Receiving a degree from an accredited program also gives you an edge in the job market, as employers prefer to hire nurses with accredited degrees. Further, if you receive a degree from an unaccredited program, you will not be qualified to attend an accredited nursing school if you desire to pursue higher education in the future. Also, many universities and colleges do not allow credits from unaccredited schools to transfer to their institution.
Are online nursing programs accredited?
Online educational institutions and programs are held to the same high standards as all other educational institutions. The programs must meet all of the criteria and go through the same process of accreditation as all other schools and programs.
Are Northeastern University nursing programs accredited?
Absolutely! Northeastern is accredited by New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC) and the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). For more about our accreditations, click here.