Former Nursing Students Sue College Over Misleading Accreditation Claims

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Anyone who has decided to become a Registered Nurse or a Nurse Practitioner is making a commitment that will take many years of their life just to complete the schooling. Those who are drawn to this field of work will usually start their nursing education while still in high school with college prep classes on top of their normal high school work load.

Depending on how high up the ladder of nursing a person wants to climb, the amount of time spent in school will be anywhere from two years for an Associate’s Degree in Nursing, to eight years for a Masters Program in Nursing. As techniques and medicine change throughout the years a nurse will be expected to keep up their schooling for the remainder of their career. Nursing can be a very demanding, but very rewarding career choice.

Many students will choose a school based on whether or not the school is accredited. When searching for a school to attend for the field of nursing it is best to do thorough research. There are several organizations known for granting accreditation to nursing schools so again, it’s best to do your research. While it is not necessary to attend a school that is accredited (many non-accredited schools are less costly), it is best to attend one that is accredited simply due to the fact that things in an individual’s life change. You may find yourself needing to move and unless your school is accredited the chances that you will be able to transfer your education to another school is slim.

So imagine the dismay of students attending Hondros College when they received an email from the Chairman of the Board John Hondros, stating that the college would not be expecting accreditation for their associates’ degree program when previously the students had been told just the opposite. Two students, Bryan Lynn and Tabatha Vickery are suing the school claiming they were misled when told by school officials that the associates’ degree nursing program would more-than-likely become accredited. Both of the students along with many others, have withdrawn from the school before completing the LPN program after learning of the schools lack of accreditation. Unfortunately for Bryan Lynn and Tabatha Vickery, thousands of dollars have already been spent on an education that they likely will be unable to transfer to a different accredited school.