LVN programs- UNITEK vs. GURNICK

  1. Hi Everyone.
    I am tired of the lottery pools and waiting lists community schools have on LVN and RN programs. I've now decided to enroll in private schools which is pricey, but worth it at the end. I'm debating of either going to Unitek (san francisco) or Gurnick. Unitek takes 11 months and costs about 30k. Gurnick takes about 14-17 months and costs 23k. Besides the costs and length of the program, can anyone give me any opinions on the quality of these programs? So far, I've heard good things about Gurnick from people in the forum, but i have yet to hear something about unitek.

    Uniteks program is m-f 8hrs/day, while Gurnicks is m-f 5hrs/day. Do you guys think Unitek's program seem too compressed to the point where it could adversely affect learning?

    Also does anyone know the nclex-pn passing rate for gurnick?


    Thanks in advance!
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  3. by   scallywags
    Hi Tweener,

    I am a Gurnick Student. The NCLEX pass rate is undetermined at this time since the first group of graduates are in the process of taking the exam. I have heard that several have called to report they did pass.

    The one thing about Gurnick is they only accept 45 students per program. CA law says they can graduate 45 students each term, per campus. They break this up to include 1/2 in the a.m., the other 1/2 in the p.m.

    I am not certain, but I have heard other schools may admit more (some 75) students, and only graduate 45. This could be a rumor, so it may be something you could ask.

    Other than that, I think we are going to find pros/cons in every school. The best thing is to find the program that suits you the best...and go for it! Most of my classmates have had the same issue with lotteries, waiting lists and what not, including myself. I like to think of this as a good stepping stone. Good luck!
  4. by   marge95050
    Quote from tweener
    Hi Everyone.
    I am tired of the lottery pools and waiting lists community schools have on LVN and RN programs. I've now decided to enroll in private schools which is pricey, but worth it at the end. I'm debating of either going to Unitek (san francisco) or Gurnick. Unitek takes 11 months and costs about 30k. Gurnick takes about 14-17 months and costs 23k. Besides the costs and length of the program, can anyone give me any opinions on the quality of these programs? So far, I've heard good things about Gurnick from people in the forum, but i have yet to hear something about unitek.

    Uniteks program is m-f 8hrs/day, while Gurnicks is m-f 5hrs/day. Do you guys think Unitek's program seem too compressed to the point where it could adversely affect learning?

    Also does anyone know the nclex-pn passing rate for gurnick?


    Thanks in advance!
    Hi there! i am a recent grad of Unitek & waiting for my nclex results. I'll say the pricey tuition fee was worth it..Have you checked on our passing rate? The program is so intense of course you need to quit /slow down n your job if you want to be an LVN in 11months. So far 3 students took the nclex from the July Graduates(santa clara, ca campus) & all of them passed, im the 4th one who took it & i'll know my results this 1st week of october

    cheers!
  5. by   zencmt510
    Quote from leeya29
    Hi there! i am a recent grad of Unitek & waiting for my nclex results. I'll say the pricey tuition fee was worth it..Have you checked on our passing rate? The program is so intense of course you need to quit /slow down n your job if you want to be an LVN in 11months. So far 3 students took the nclex from the July Graduates(santa clara, ca campus) & all of them passed, im the 4th one who took it & i'll know my results this 1st week of october

    cheers!
    Hi,

    I'm currently taking my A&P at merritt college and planning to take lvn program there and perhaps ccsf as well. but with their "by lottery system" that they have slims my chances down to zero. They only accept about 30 students at merritt and they currently have 50 and counting applicants. What to do??
  6. by   marge95050
    Quote from zencmt510
    Hi,

    I'm currently taking my A&P at merritt college and planning to take lvn program there and perhaps ccsf as well. but with their "by lottery system" that they have slims my chances down to zero. They only accept about 30 students at merritt and they currently have 50 and counting applicants. What to do??

    hey there! sorry late reply It's up to you becoz even Unitek has a cut off score/waitlist sort of. All i can say is that the tuition ive spent was worth it. I know it is one of the most expensive VN programs in Bayarea but then as far as i know we also have the highest pay rate for LVN's (correct me if im mistaken). Ive chosen this school becAUSE it is intensive if you cannot catch up with that kind of teaching this program is not for you yes it is an 8-4pm/M-F class that means you have to give up work. Hope this helps..

    goodluck!
  7. by   ari3sdog
    Quote from tweener
    Hi Everyone.
    I am tired of the lottery pools and waiting lists community schools have on LVN and RN programs. I've now decided to enroll in private schools which is pricey, but worth it at the end. I'm debating of either going to Unitek (san francisco) or Gurnick. Unitek takes 11 months and costs about 30k. Gurnick takes about 14-17 months and costs 23k. Besides the costs and length of the program, can anyone give me any opinions on the quality of these programs? So far, I've heard good things about Gurnick from people in the forum, but i have yet to hear something about unitek.

    Uniteks program is m-f 8hrs/day, while Gurnicks is m-f 5hrs/day. Do you guys think Unitek's program seem too compressed to the point where it could adversely affect learning?

    Also does anyone know the nclex-pn passing rate for gurnick?


    Thanks in advance!
    I graduated at NCP Vocational School at SSF. In my opinion, it doesn't really matter which school you go to, because it is the student determination and how resourceful the student will affect learning.

    NCP VOCATIONAL SCHOOL at hayward has part-time offer. 3 days a week and the program is 18 months. The full-time takes about 12 months.

    God luck
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    Last edit by ari3sdog on Oct 14, '07
  8. by   HeartJulz
    Im graduating Gurnick next mth. Weve had some amazing teachers, some not so great ... some amazing experiences and also some not so great. There was no way I was going to sit for up to 4 years to get into a straight RN program, so I did this route and do not regret it one bit. The only thing is.. we were the first group of the new concord campus so some of it was a bit disorganized which thats to be expected for a new campus.. but we got placed in our clinical rounds. they just put in a new computer room w laptops and weve been on some really great field trips. Our Pharm teacher was of superior excellence and now Im thrilled for my last day! The pass rates if you look on the boards for gurnick is low... I dont know why that is .. I think mostly because the school itself is still somewhat new. Id recommend it ... good luck ..
  9. by   savvy77
    Quote from tweener
    Hi Everyone.
    I am tired of the lottery pools and waiting lists community schools have on LVN and RN programs. I've now decided to enroll in private schools which is pricey, but worth it at the end. I'm debating of either going to Unitek (san francisco) or Gurnick. Unitek takes 11 months and costs about 30k. Gurnick takes about 14-17 months and costs 23k. Besides the costs and length of the program, can anyone give me any opinions on the quality of these programs? So far, I've heard good things about Gurnick from people in the forum, but i have yet to hear something about unitek.

    Uniteks program is m-f 8hrs/day, while Gurnicks is m-f 5hrs/day. Do you guys think Unitek's program seem too compressed to the point where it could adversely affect learning?

    Also does anyone know the nclex-pn passing rate for gurnick?


    Thanks in advance!
    Unitek is definitely overly compressed, and it doesn't really allow you to work and go to school. I'm going to gurnick now and glad I made the choice.

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