At Glendale Community College, that is the new stipulation. In the middle of the nursing program, they changed the curriculum. I have completed Blocks 1 and 2, I started July 2007. I started Block 3 in July 2008. I have only one chance to fail a block and be reentered into that block because the previous nursing program before me was the last block that was able to do this curriculum I am in. This curriculum being:
Block 1 completion gives you certification for completion for your CNA.
Completion of Block 2 gives you completion for the LPN program.
Blocks 3 and 4 gives you the Associate RN completion.
We are told that we have one chance to fail a block and be reentered. If we fail again, we must begin at Block 1 again because there will no longer be an LPN Advanced Placement Program. They are no longer going to have an LPN program at the school or many, if not all, of the other MCCs, so we are told.
So, I'm in Block 3. The students who are before me in Block 2 were the last students to be offered this curriculum. When those Block 2 students become Block 3 students, and if I fail my Block 3, I can be put back into their Block 3, granted there is space which means someone in their program has to fail or transfer. If I fail Block 3 AGAIN, I have to go all the way back to Block 1. Of course, I would not. I would find an LPN to BSN program like they have at UOP. But I would have to go all the way back to Block 1 because the curriculum expired with those new Block 3 students who will continue onto Block 4. They will be the last of the students at GCC in that curriculum and everyone before them is part of a new curriculum that no longer offers the LPN cut-off. This has something to do with the possibility of LPNs being phased out or lack of interest or something.
Now, I know this because of the problems my class is having. Many of us, including my study partner, has had appointments with the DON to discuss our options. If we don't make it through this block, and we don't get re-placed, because getting re-placed is not a guarantee.....our future at GCC is done because who's going to go through Block 1 again?
Also, this is Glendale Community College that I KNOW about, the other schools I am not for sure. Right now they are still offering the LPN Advanced Placement program.....if you are an LPN, you can pass the HESI test and place into Spring 2009 as advanced placement. That's when I would be retaking Block 3. But that's the last time you can do it just like it's the last time I can do it.
That is how things stand now. BUT, to be honest with you, we've learned that they don't even seem to know what is happening. It is hard for them to stay staffed. The programs keep changing. This is what I am facing at GCC right now and believe me, if it were any different, I'd tell you and I'd be happy. Also, how is it that people are taking 2 years worth of prereqs, and then going to a program for 2 more years to end with an Associates? That is another reason they are revamping the program, I think. That's a lot of schooling for an associate degree at a community college, that amount of time equals a BSN.
I have an appt with the DON wednesday. I will find out a little more info and give it to you straight out of her mouth. I will tell you exactly what she tells me and I will ask directly about the LPN advanced placement or any LPN programs.