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Would an employer accept a degree from a private nursing school as they would a degree from a community college or state school?

Friday September 7, 2012
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Dear Donna,

I am trying to go to nursing school to earn my ADN and then go for my BSN. I am considering attending a private nursing school through a technical college. Is this a bad choice? Will employers not consider it the same as going through a community college or state school?


Dear Donna replies:

Dear Trying,

If there's any way you can go directly into a BSN program, that would be your best bet. The job market for nurses has gotten very competitive, and many employers are looking for that BSN.

However, if that is not an option for you, getting your ADN and then doing an online or other BSN program is fine as long as the school is accredited properly. You can check their accreditation for nursing programs with your state board of nursing, the National League for Nursing or the American Association of Colleges of Nursing. Employers generally don't care where you got the degree, as long as the school is accredited.

Best wishes,

Donna Cardillo, RN, MA, well-known career guru, is Nurse.com’s “Dear Donna” and author of “Your First Year as a Nurse: Making the Transition from Total Novice to Successful Professional” and “The ULTIMATE Career Guide for Nurses: Practical Advice for Thriving at Every Stage of Your Career.” Information about the books is available at www.Nurse.com/CE/7010 and www.Nurse.com/CE/7250, respectively. To ask Donna your question, go to www.Nurse.com/Asktheexperts/Deardonna. Find a “Dear Donna” seminar near you: Call 800-866-0919 or visit http://Events.nursingspectrum.com/Seminar.