Recently, I have decided to take a detour from my CC RN path to pursue becoming a LVN. I was looking for something fast (in the California Bay Area
, we have no occupational centers, adult schools, ROCPs, or job corp centers that offer LVN training so unfortunatly, cheap is not an option) because by the time I would get accepted into one of the only CC LVN programs left (SF CC, I hear you have to apply a couple of times before becoming accepted) I would be ready to apply to for the RN program. On top of that, all the private RN schools around here are BSN and up and the schools that offer associates in RN admit LVNs only to my knowledge; and I would like to eventually get my BSN from a four year state college instead. I am aware that my credits will NOT transfer to state or community colleges if I go to a private school and that I will be paying atleast $30,000 and up
and I am prepared for that if the school has a felxible payment plan that I can pay off in a reasonable amount of time.
I am just curious as to what experiences people have had with the three schools that I am looking at and if would they recommend them.
The schools I am looking at currently are:
Kaplan(Stockton campus, NCLEX-PN pass rate:86%)
Carrington(Antioch campus, NCLEX-PN pass rate:87%)
Unitek (Fremont campus, NCLEX-PN pass rate:92%)
I was also curious if anyone knows whether these schools have:
-Flexible payment plans (one that might extend payments past the year it takes for the program)
-Financial aid/grants/financial assistance
-A strong clinical component. Good clinical sites that include acute-care centers as well.
-Flexible program hours