Quote from Annie P
I just joined this website and think it is wonderful.
I just signed up for the LVN program at Pacific College in Costa Mesa. The class starts at the end of March. Are there any grads or current students from Pacific out there? I was just wondering what you thought of the program.
Please let me know.
Thanks so much,
Puh-leez dont go to Pacific College, you will regret it like many others who went through the program.
For one, the school lets you loose out on the floor without showing you the clinical skills. They just give a handout and you're supposed to figure out everything on your own. I think for any student who is first learning about nursing concepts especially clinical skills, the teacher needs to demonstrate and give a visual on how a specific skill is done. This not only compromises your safety but the patients' as well.
They also keep changing the academic policies in the middle of your program. One time they said you can't retake your end of term test after failing it. You are automatically kicked out if you fail this one test, no matter if you have passed all your quizzes and clinical portion. No second chances. You lose your money that you paid for the term. No refunds whatsover. You could be out 3-6K dollars. Some students got kicked out, then later we found out, other students who also failed were actually allowed to continue into the 2nd term, and have them pay for the 2nd term, obviously. These very students later failed the 2nd term just like they did the first term and then they are let go. Also, they actually don't tell or show you your score on term test. You pretty much have to rely on what they say, if you pass or fail. Hmmm...to me, this sounds fishy. I mean, if they are not lying to you or hiding something from you, why wouldn't they show it to you? After all, you have the right to it, it is your test score.
They also schedule tests after clinicals, which is ridiculous. This means you need to go back to campus after being on the floor for 8 hrs (from 6:30 am to 3pm) to take the test. How can you take a test and pass, if you are physically, mentally, and emotionally drained by that time. This is because they have shortened some sections of the program to a few weeks. For example, the CNA portion used to be 9 weeks, they cut it down to 6 weeks. The General education used to be 9 weeks also, and now it's only 6 weeks. What they're doing is shortening the program cycle so they could open up more starting classes a few more times a year. They obviously want to make more money at the expense of the students themselves, whether they have sufficient time to learn the material or not, they don't care.
Now you tell me, is this a good school or what?
I actually know a lot of people who transferred to Concorde and said that they were glad they made the switch, and that they are learning a lot, both theories and clinical skills. Concorde is more expensive, but it sure is worth it. These same people said that going to Pacific College is a joke, an utter waste of time and money.