I too am a current student at National University. Although the high standards seem frustrating as they have been integrated after many have started the program, the good thing it is doing is weeding out those who would otherwise just try to breeze their way through nursing school. Nursing school isn't about passing classes; it's about learning how to pass the NCLEX. How can anyone start to believe they can simply "breeze" their way through? This is an accelerated program. Many people start to get burnt out of this fast paced way of learning and regress back to their old partying ways, and *surprise*, they are no longer passing quizzes and are the ones being admitted to remediation. I can honestly say that those who are suffering are doing it to themselves; the buck can't be passed onto professors or ATI. Each individual is responsible for his or her own actions. Plus, each course ATI test really is not that hard, as long as you study (big surpirse there!). Besides, when it all comes down to it, who would you want saving your life: someone who barely passed their classes while maintaining their "social life" status, or someone who dedicated their nights to studying even moreso to meet these rigorous course requirements? The most complaints I hear are just coming from those whose pictures are all over facebook, drinks in hand by night and snoozing/facebooking in class by day. Come on people, grow up! This is college. We are adults. We are studying to save lives. If certain people can't sacrafice a measily 22 months of their own lives in order to save others' lives, then maybe this program isn't for them. I am not the smartest and I may not make all A's, but I expect nothing but the best from myself, and I push myself so that whenever I take a test, I can look back and say, "I have no regrets. I did everything I could to learn the material." Meaning, I said no to drink nights, no to hanging out with friends, no to vacations. Isn't that what we expected from the very beginning before these ATI/remediation requirements were instilled, anyway? I'd say this is a small sacrafice to pay for being able to feel confident to take the NCLEX in a couple of months.
National University's nursing requirements aren't difficult as long as you S.T.U.D.Y. In fact, I think that applies to any area of study at any school. It seems like the more people try to fight the system, the worse off they are. Let's just bite the bullet, stop complaining, and hit the books! Nothing BAD could result from even MORE studying, right?
Plus, in every rotation, I have met NEW National University grads at the hospitals (Kaiser, Palomar, Scripps, Sharp, & Children's) who were hired right off the bat from nursing school: from Med Surg, to OB, to Peds. Their fellow co-workers said they were extremely impressed with new grads from National. When it all comes down to it, ATTITUDE is EVERYTHING. Pass the NCLEX, and demonstrate a desire to do your very best, and getting hired will not be a problem.
If anyone reading this is in the program, keep pressing on to the goal. You will succeed as long as you make it a priority. It's easy to find something to complain about in regards to this program, not to mention anything else in life. However, being a nurse requires selflessness, perseverance, dedication, and sacrafice. If you can't demonstrate that in nursing school, then good luck on getting a job as a nurse!!!
If anyone reading this is thinking about joining the program, the choice is yours. I personally believe, "It IS what you make of it." No matter where you go, or what you choose in life, your ATTITUDE determines your ALTITUDE. National is a great school, because I'm choosing to make it a great experience.