Any Western Career College Grads?

  1. Hi,

    I just applied for the LVN program at Western Career College. Do we have any WCC grads out there? Care to share your experience with me? I am really on edge, not knowing what to expect. Still have the HESI A2 exam to go (never heard of this exam; is it difficult?)

    Thanks,

    Mike
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  2. 32 Comments

  3. by   TazziRN
    Is it an accredited school? If not I woud think twice about it.
  4. by   msdobson
    Quote from TazziRN
    Is it an accredited school? If not I woud think twice about it.
    Hi Tazzi,

    Yes, it's accredited, but expensive. Nevertheless, at 45 years of age, I really don't have time to sit on a 4-yr waiting list in the hopes of getting accepted to one of the community college RN programs.

    I will bite the bullet (and empty my pocketbook) to get through this 18-month program so I can AT LEAST start working in the field. THEN I can consider taking a bridge program.

    Regards,

    Michael
  5. by   BonnieSc
    Consider a four-year college as well... it may be cheaper in the long run.
  6. by   msdobson
    Quote from Wendy79
    Consider a four-year college as well... it may be cheaper in the long run.
    If I could GET INTO a four year college...

    ALL of my pre-reqs are 7-years past, which means a Uni will require me to take them ALL over again (I asked...) At least with this (admitedly overpriced school), everything is included. At the end of the 18-months, I can take the NCLEX-PN and start work as an LVN.
    Last edit by msdobson on May 8, '07
  7. by   BonnieSc
    What's holding you back? Many people have found it easier to get into a BSN program than an ADN program.

    Also, have you checked out this thread?
    http://allnurses.com/forums/f99/west...ge-136189.html
  8. by   BonnieSc
    That certainly isn't the case at my school (having to take all those courses over again). One of my classmates took most of her sciences about thirty years ago. But if you have the money, and are satisfied that they'll provide a quality program, well, I guess--why not?
  9. by   Sensoria17
    I spoke to a rep at WCC in San Leandro. They are so rude there. I went for an interview and the guy did not even show up. Then he called because there was a problem with my paperwork and didn't even apologize for not showing up. I just said forget it. If I'm going to go the private route there are other schools to choose from.
  10. by   msdobson
    Quote from Wendy79
    That certainly isn't the case at my school (having to take all those courses over again). One of my classmates took most of her sciences about thirty years ago. But if you have the money, and are satisfied that they'll provide a quality program, well, I guess--why not?
    Must not have been a school in California, because those particular requirements are laid down by the State Nursing Board, not the school. I checked with them before I ever truly gave any serious thought to going to Nursing school. Perhaps your freind wasn't being as forthright as you may have thought.

    Mike
  11. by   msdobson
    Quote from Sensoria17
    I spoke to a rep at WCC in San Leandro. They are so rude there. I went for an interview and the guy did not even show up. Then he called because there was a problem with my paperwork and didn't even apologize for not showing up. I just said forget it. If I'm going to go the private route there are other schools to choose from.
    Sorry to hear that. The folks at the Sacramento campus have thus far bent over backwards for me.

    Mike
  12. by   CaArmyWife
    There is a LVN in the RN program I am in but she had to start from first semester because WCC credits were not able to be transferred over to the college.
  13. by   msdobson
    Quote from CaArmyWife
    There is a LVN in the RN program I am in but she had to start from first semester because WCC credits were not able to be transferred over to the college.
    Is it a LVN/RN bridge program or a BSN? I plan on doing an LVN/RN bridge program. All they require is a current LVN license. Have you asked her why she didn't recieve credits for her LVN? Perhaps there is something she isn't telling everyone? Which college BTW, if you don't mind me asking?

    Cheers,

    Mike
  14. by   CaArmyWife
    The college is Sacramento City College. In the beginning of 3rd semester, had new LVN students. I need to verify it is WCC, but I know it was that or Heald.... She is a VN in a Nursing home right now and has been in the program with us since the beginning. She was pretty upset when she found out she had to go through the whole program.

    I know that SCC's Sutter's program also had a VN from the first semester.

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