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What is the NLNAC
The NLNAC, which is short for the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission, Inc., is an organization dedicated to ensuring that men and women who become nurses are of the highest quality possible, to ensure the highest quality care to patients. The group is responsible for the accreditation of nursing programs all over the country from practical nursing certificates all the way through clinical doctorates.  


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What is accreditation?
  Accreditation is a voluntary certification that shows the program is meeting standards of education.

Different accreditation organizations have different criteria they use to evaluate programs, but once the criteria is established, the same standards are used for all programs. This helps keep the accredited programs on a more even playing field. One criteria used by the NLNAC, for example, is that faculty credentials meet requirements for the governing organization as well as the state.
Why is accreditation important?
  Accreditation is important because it shows that the education program is a quality one. Since there are specific standards that need to be met by the NLNAC for nursing programs, students can be assured that, if those standards are met, they will graduate from those programs with all the skills they need to be effective nurses.

Employers also look at accreditation prior to hiring nurses. If you attended a nursing program accredited by the NLNAC, you're more likely to be hired for a position than someone who attended a nursing program that was not accredited.

For those looking into nursing programs, one of the first questions you should ask is whether or not the program is accredited. By attending a program accredited by NLNAC, you can take comfort in the fact that your nursing education is high quality, and that after you earn your degree, your future employers will know that you will be an asset to their healthcare team and will know what you need to be successful as a nurse.
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