NLNAC Accreditation Process

Accreditation “is a process of acknowledging organizations for performance, reliability and quality that allows them to the confidence of the academic community and the public. In the United States, this identification is extended mostly through nongovernmental, unpaid membership organizations that establish certification requirements, evaluate organizations against those requirements and accept organizations that meet the requirements.”

The NLNAC “is recognized nationwide as a specialized accrediting organization for both post-secondary and college degree applications in nursing knowledge.” It stands for National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission. The NLNAC accredits all types of post-secondary nursing programs, such as those provided by community and specialized schools. Although the process is controlled, qualification indicates a nursing system satisfies the NLNAC’s established requirements for training and student development. Federal features, such as veterans’ medical centers, require that job candidates graduate from a nationwide approved nursing system, and some institutions have the same need for transfer students.

Program accreditation means a program or course satisfies specific national requirements identified by an accrediting body, such as NLNAC.

Program acceptance means a program or course satisfies requirements described by state guidelines. In the case of nursing, the program also must meet guidelines described by the state Nurse Practice Act. State program acceptance allows nursing graduates to sit for the national certification exam (NCLEX) to be licensed as RNs.

Not all educational institutions have this need, but you should always examine the entrance specifications of your preferred transfer university properly.