BROOKLINE COLLEGE

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    HELLO!

    Ive been accepted into brookline college starting Jan 13 for the RN program, ANY ANY ANY information on the school and program would greatly be appreciated. I am nervous about everything, if the school is even a good one? ANY graduates from here?
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    save your money and run...
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    Lolli518,

    I'm looking for graduates too. I am also starting in Jan 2013. Where are you coming from? I am moving from GA. Have you heard any news on the schedule?

    Thanks

    Blairnpb
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    MsBruiser,

    Why do you say that?
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    It is a matter of debt to income. As a new RN you can expect to RN between $48,000-$60,000. Brookline charges $46,150 if you have a degree (BA/BS) and over $79,000 if you do not. THAT IS OBSCENE and very, very difficult to pay-off given a realistic assessment of RN salaries. Student loans are non-bankruptable - with those high payments you can very easily find yourself in an ugly financial jam. It is simply not worth it. Take the extra time (and yes, it can mean a few years) and go to one of our excellent public schools - not a for-profit student-gouging institution. I spent $3,300 for my RN - 14 month accelerated program.

    The only way Brookline makes sense is if: 1) you have $$$ saved and $$$ is not a big deal; 2) you can cash-flow the education from your savings.

    Academically, I don't know the first thing about Brookline. But their fees send up all sorts of red flags. Nursing can give you a comfortable living, but not if you are trying to pay off those kinds of debts.
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    Quote from lolli518
    HELLO!

    Ive been accepted into brookline college starting Jan 13 for the RN program, ANY ANY ANY information on the school and program would greatly be appreciated. I am nervous about everything, if the school is even a good one? ANY graduates from here?
    There are many students who choose to attend private schools--despite the higher tuition--as they do not want to spend years on a waiting list for a community college associate degree program. Also, salaries are actually higher than indicated in one response and can reach $65+ depending on the facility and specialty.

    Brookline graduated its first class and they had 100% pass rate on NCLEX so that says something positive about the school.
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    I have always made a good living as an RN. Very good living. But not $79,000 or even for that matter $46,000 worth of a good living (i.e.: I have earned more than $79k but that does not make the tutition worthwhile). Yes, you can earn $65,000+ to start working the night shift somewhere. But even that salary will make the above loans difficult to pay off. If money is not a problem, Brookline is a fine choice. Is it worth the heavy debt load? Absolutely not. But then again, many of my fellow RN(s) have how shall we say, limited financial literacy.
    Last edit by MsBruiser on Dec 6, '12 : Reason: context
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    Quote from lolli518
    HELLO!

    Ive been accepted into brookline college starting Jan 13 for the RN program, ANY ANY ANY information on the school and program would greatly be appreciated. I am nervous about everything, if the school is even a good one? ANY graduates from here?
    Lolli, I can try to answer your questions please be organized)
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    I am currently a generic BSN student there. I am entering into my 4th semester, so I will be officially starting clinicals next summer. I transferred in my associate's from a community college, so my cost got cut some and I got pushed ahead. To begin, before I even decided to choose this school, I explored all my options. I went to all of the community colleges and the public universities to investigate their costs and how long it would take to get accepted into their programs. The average waiting list was about 2-3 years for the ADN programs and there were limited spots with high competition for the bridge ADN-BSN programs between the community colleges and the universities. Taking this into consideration and the costs of still continuing my current job while waiting to be accepted into these type of programs, I figured it was about the same for what I would pay now for a for-profit school like Brookline. They are high priced, but that is the decision you must make if you want to fast track your education and that is the decision I took knowing full well what I was signing up for. As for my experience, it has been mostly positive. From the first time I walked into the door until now. The counselors were very thorough with the paper work and they sat for a few hours with me explaining not only the enrollment process, but the financial side as well. Financial aid is considerably knowledgeable and they go over payment options with you and leave the decision making to you in regards of which path you want to financially take. Of course, they are a for-profit organization, so of course they will push you towards the private loans or options that would get them their money now...as an adult, you can simply defer to the other options. As for the curriculum, I have enjoyed my classes. They are challenging, there is a lot of essay writing to keep your mind creative and on par, as well as, most teachers have a good education background to them. The school is also very open when it comes to communication with the students, they do this via open door policy (even the Dean of Nursing honors this), student council representatives that lead each cohort, and town hall meetings to hear feedback from all students. They truly do react to that feedback as well, I have seen it firsthand. Of course, with any new school, there comes flaws and risks. All of which, the school attempts to either evolve from or fix. I took a risk knowing this school has not been accredited yet, however, the first half of that accreditation has already been implemented and the NLNAC has given nothing but positive reviews for the school, I have high confidence the school will get it. And I should mention also, the first graduating class was back in August of 2012 and they passed with 100% passing rate. Not to mention, the employment acceptance rate is up to 80%. I know this, because I am a student council representative myself and the school shares this information openly. I can only give you my personal experience and what I am capable of affording, financially. By no means am I rolling in money, I have a lot of support of federal loans, but again, I understood fully what I am signing up for and the payments I will have to make in the near future. I have out of pocket payments even now, because the federal loans do not cover everything, but again, it is something I was capable of and it is a subject the school covers with you as a student. I hope my experience will help you in your endeavor and best of luck.
    Last edit by Beautiful Mind RN on Dec 18, '12 : Reason: Typo
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    I am also starting in January 2013, and would like to meet other students as well as learn more information about the school. I will be starting in 2nd semester then skipping 3rd semester due to all of the pre-reqs I have completed.


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