Brookline College Accelerated Nursing Program - page 6
Hey! Is there anyone attending Brookline College (in Phoenix, AZ) new accelerated bachelor's degree program. I plan to start it May 9th and would like to know anyone's opinion on the school?... Read More
Mar 20, '15Quote from SL2014I would beware. I work at a huge hospital in Phoenix and a lot of our managers won't hire from Brookline. Or Carrington.
Hey! I wanted to know if this is still true? And why? Isnt Brookline fully accredited now?
Mar 20, '15hey, no it is not fully accredited. It does not have regional accreditation (I recently confirmed this with one of their admission reps). This means you will never be able to go to graduate school.
Mar 27, '15Actually, Brookline college IS nationally accredited. Students who want to attend graduate programs after graduation, as I do, find little difficulty getting in when they graduate from nationally accredited schools, especially those with programmatic accreditation (ACEN and/or CCNE), which Brookline has. Also, Brookline has masters programs that are as short as a year and I plan to go straight on for my graduate degree.
I am currently a nursing student there and would definitely recommend the program to anyone who is interested in a career in nursing and wants to attend a high-quality program. I am in my 3rd semester of the accelerated BSN program and have been able to learn the material necessary to become a safe, competent registered nurse and apply critical thinking and utilize evidence based practices. The instructors are skilled, knowledgeable, and always take the time to work with students one-on-one, helping us to pass exams, but also ensuring we truly understand the material and become better able to apply it in order to effectively prioritize health issues, prioritize tasks, and solve patient care problems. When I had problems with passing one of my courses, I was referred to the PASS program (Promoting Achievement and Student Success) and the coordinator helped me overcome my test anxiety, time management issues, and study skills. I was able to pass the course! The program is quite challenging and pushes me to assess and analyze the big picture of a patient’s overall health status, not simply the issue or symptom that seems most obvious. With one semester remaining, I am confident that by the time I get my BSN degree, I will be prepared to pass NCLEX and join the work force as a great entry-level RN!
Mar 27, '15National accreditation is different than regional accreditation though. It's my understanding that nationally accredited school credits will not transfer over. So you may graduate with a BSN from Brookline but if you want to get your masters from another school they most likely will not accept your previous credits from Brookline and you'd be starting from scratch. Maybe I'm wrong?
In addition, Brookline is extremely expensive. There's no need to shell out that much for an education you can get for 1/3 or 1/4 of the cost. Unless of course you have that much money lying around then I guess it doesn't much matter the cost. <<< just my two cents!
Edited to add: I took a look at ASU''s masters degree in nursing requirements just to take a peek at what it said was required and this is how it's worded:
- completion of a BS degree in nursing at a nationally recognized, regionally accredited academic institution
(bold and underline is my doing)
So again, national accreditation is different than regional and can really limit future options.
https://webapp4.asu.edu/programs/t5/...nopassive=trueLast edit by AZBlueBell on Mar 27, '15
Mar 27, '15AZBlueBell...I double checked this with the Dean of Nursing and Admissions office, and they both said the credits will transfer. I'm just going to go ahead and get it at Brookline, though, because I truly value what I get for the money. To think I can go from having no health care background to having a Master's in nursing within 2 1/2 years - that impresses me. ...and that's just my two cents
Mar 27, '15I wasn't going to comment because I don't want to get into a big thing and I have nothing against Brookline, but just to protect other students it should be clear that your undergrad needs to be from a regionally accredited school. It is true that some schools in AZ will accept it for their grad school on a case by case basis, but there is no certainty they will always do that and who knows in 5 years if you'll even still be living in AZ. I'm pretty sure the previous poster works for Brookline and that's fine. I just dont want other students to get tempted into going there, if it's too good to be true it probably is.
Mar 27, '15Quote from jpaus202They may have said that, but based on my prior knowledge and the link I posted earlier I would say they were inaccurate in telling you that. But if you stick with Brookline anyways then it doesn't really matter. However, I felt the need to say something because others should be informed of their options (limitations?) if they are looking into attending Brookline.AZBlueBell...I double checked this with the Dean of Nursing and Admissions office, and they both said the credits will transfer. I'm just going to go ahead and get it at Brookline, though, because I truly value what I get for the money. To think I can go from having no health care background to having a Master's in nursing within 2 1/2 years - that impresses me. ...and that's just my two cents
And again, the price tag that comes along with Brookline is not an easy one to swallow in any terms let alone after you consider they are not regionally accredited.
Apr 1, '15Do you have any personal experience with brookline? or their students? Im trying to make a final decision. Yes Im aware of the price, and Im also aware of the waiting lists at many other Arizona Colleges.
Any Info would help! Thanks.
Apr 1, '15I am currently a student there. I find it a very challenging program, but think the instructors are very good. I have not ever regretting choosing it. Of course it is not perfect, but no other school is, either.
Apr 12, '15Quote from Delia1114Delia,Do you have any personal experience with brookline? or their students? Im trying to make a final decision. Yes Im aware of the price, and Im also aware of the waiting lists at many other Arizona Colleges.
Any Info would help! Thanks.
Funny, I should add, that I previously commented on this thread last summer having similar questions before attending Brookline. I am currently 1 week shy from completing the 2nd (of 4) semester of the ABSN program here. Let me start off by saying your questions are very broad, so please reply if you need clarification, or have more specific questions I can answer.
That being said, Brookline is actually a great school. I was skeptical myself, being from out of state, but they do an amazing job with their teaching staff. It is a fairly newer school, so some bugs are in the works, but that will not hinder your education. I have had no problem passing any of the classes thrown at me so far, granted I haven't been working throughout the program. The professors are all previously or current practicing nurses, which helps in their teaching style.
ANY nursing school is challenging, so don't let the nay-sayers discourage you. If you work hard, accomplish what is asked, and study study study, you will do fine. As for the price, it may be more than some other nursing schools, however the accelerated program they offer without a waiting list goes unmatched. That is why I moved here from Oregon.
Again, any further questions just let me know. I'll try to check this thread more often than I do.
Apr 13, '15HI Jack, I am wondering about the financial aid. Did you take out loans? If so, how did that work out for you? Going into the program, did you pay for some of it yourself out of pocket or just loans? And do you know if you are able to transfer your rn lisc to oregon if you go back? I read in other forms about their classes being nationally accredited and not regionally accredited? I could be wrong. And best of luck to you!
Apr 17, '15I'm planning to attend August 2015 ABSN program. I was little skeptical because I'm an out of state student as well. However, after doing some background research on Brookline, I'm fine. The only thing is the tuition cost, 49k is pricey. I just gotta figure that out!
Apr 17, '15Last I checked is that they only deal with Wells Fargo and Mountain Credit... regarding private student loans. But of course they do FAFSA as well.