Advantages and Disadvantages of NLNAC Accreditation
Terra State Community College
September 7, 2012
Accreditation is a peer-reviewed voluntary process that a health care institution, provider, or program undergoes to demonstrate compliance with standards developed by an official agency . The National League of Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC) or the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) are the accrediting entities for nursing programs (Zerwekh & Zerwekh Garnaeu, 2012, pp. 148-149). There are several advantages and disadvantages of obtaining accreditation by NLNAC.
Advantages and Disadvantages of NLAC Accreditation
In order for graduates of any school of nursing to be eligible to take NCLEX and become an RN, they need to have completed a nursing program that is approved to operate by the state's board of nursing (Zerwekh & Zerwekh Garnaeu, 2012, p. 146). Accreditation is an extra, voluntary measure taken by nursing schools to affirm that their programs are meeting specific standards of quality that go above and beyond (Zerwekh & Zerwekh Garnaeu, 2012, p. 149). There are pros and cons to weigh when deciding on to go through the process of NLNAC accreditation.
An advantage of accreditation not only represents the interests of nursing education and practice but to the public. It provides enhancement and maintenance of the quality of education by having the program achieve and maintain high standards of accountability, self-evaluation, re-evaluation, equality and increased integrity. Another advantage is an increase of respect from other colleges, healthcare professionals and communities nationally. This will also aid in student recruitment. The student will benefit by being eligible for additional scholarships through foundations, facilitates the transfer of credits to other colleges, and increased job opportunities. (NLNAC)
One disadvantage of accreditation...