While I agree that quality of education matters I do have 2 cents. In my 20 years in the medical field I have learned that there are many variables to being hired and treated/paid well. When I complete my NP education I will be given a job because enough decision makers like me. They wrote me stellar letters of rec for grad school and one of them did it without being asked. Granted I do a great job but my current position is a far cry from being a provider. I sat in on a meeting where a less qualified candidate was offered a position because they felt "the patients would like her better". She wasn't dangerous as far as her education but she wasn't nearly as sharp as the "less likable" girl. I think remembering to be a well rounded and total package type candidate is very important. My bosses would never hire a jerk from Yale and marketing is huge in my company. I also never hear providers talk about where they went to school. I keep track of all licensed personnel and it is quite the mixed bag. Everything from Ivy league to the Caribbean. This is a billion dollar company FWIW. I just think that people underestimate old fashioned self promotion and networking. Unless you go to one of about 10 schools that EVERYONE has heard of it doesn't make much difference. Do docs in Florida really know which schools in Delaware are the best?
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I have thoroughly enjoyed this thread. I am not a nurse, will be beginning a nursing program next fall, but I do have graduate level education (from USC east coast).
I really just have 2 points to make.
1. US Weekly rankings = BS
These "rankings" are really just self evaluations of institutions. Faculty and administrators are sent surveys about their school's program and they 'evaluate' it. Could not be a less scientific, nor more biased way to evaluate.
2. Pass rates should weigh more heavily than acceptance rates.
There is a local tech school that has brick and mortar ADN program and is very highly regarded as turning out very well prepared nurses in our community. They accept ANYONE who has the GPA and pre-requisites. That being said, out of each cohort (usually 250 students), usually only 60-70 actually graduate. HOWEVER, they also have a published NCLEX pass rate of 95%.
One thing that I have noticed is that for-profit online institutions do not seem to publish their boards pass rates, and our BON website does not list any for profit online programs under their lists of pass rates for our state.
I realize that I am speaking of an ADN and not APN program, but I feel that it is unfair to nix a school simply based on acceptance rate.
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