Thoughts on Maric College? - page 6

Hi I threw my story out on another thread. I'm just finishing up 20 years in the Navy most of it was in Naval Special Warfare where I was lucky enough to have the opportunity to cross-train as a... Read More

  1. by   anbreen
    I wanted to go to Meric. I'm a middle-aged career change.

    I have a BA, and an MA, and over 20 years in a medically-related field. I am a CCM.

    I got a VERY high score on the entrance exam.

    But... they wanted me to take the whole 30 month program.. including all the general ed. classes. Like Psych (I am credentially to TEACH Psych at a J.C. level), English Comp, etc.

    I got them my college trascripts. But, they wanted me to also get my high school transcripts, and transcipts from JCs where I only took one or two classes. Then, I was supposed to attend a financial aid seminar (though I am ineligible for financial aid because of my education), and write an essay.

    In short.. every time I completed a step, I was told that there were more steps.

    So......I enrolled in Concorde for LVN, and will bridge at the local JC.
  2. by   Care4life
    Quote from casualjim
    Hi
    I threw my story out on another thread. I'm just finishing up 20 years in the Navy most of it was in Naval Special Warfare where I was lucky enough to have the opportunity to cross-train as a medic. As I was looking for a 2nd career I kept saying things like "I can do this, or I can do that." I finally came to realize that what I "wanted" to do was be an RN. It's a good way to take some of the lessons that I really didnt want to learn working for "Uncle Sucker" and put them to good use helping someone else.
    but I digress
    I'm starting my classwork as best I can prior to my actual retirement date but I'm getting a little frustrated when the people at the college I'm going to keep telling me how it'll be at least 2 years from the time I finish my pre-req stuff (A&P, chem & microbiology) before I can get into the "core" ADN program. In some things I can show quite a bit of patience, in things like this, not so much.
    I'm posting because Maric College is boasting that they have no waiting list, and a better than 85% pass rate on NCLEX-RN. I just keep getting a intermittant alarm going off when I talk to anyone there. It has that slight scent of diploma mill. Not that I have anything against a diploma mill but will the diploma that I get from there do anything for me in the future if I decide to trade up to a BSN? Most importantly is the training that you get from there up to speed?
    Just curious if anyone has any experiance with Maric?
    Thanks in advance
    Jim
    Hello,

    I wanted to know if you decided to attend Maric College and any experiences or feedback about their Associate Nursing Program?

    Sincerely,

    "Sherrylee"
  3. by   casualjim
    Hi Sherrylee
    yep I made up my mind and applied to Maric. I started it all about 2 months ago. I've got to tell you my experiences with them arent all that bad. They accepted all my credits from National University, Southwestern College, Northern VA Comm college, and gave credit for experience from the Navy from my SMART transcript. I did have to write a goofy essay (so what, I've done more annoying things to get something I wanted) I had to take the cpat test (pretty easy). Now the hardest thing is waiting to see if I made it this quarter. They're classing up at the end of the month, and they'll make the annoucnments by the end of the week who's in and who's got to wait another quarter. Keep your fingers crossed for me.
    As far as what I've seen of the program loooking in from the outside. I like it. I know of a few people that have graduated from there (both rn and lvn)and they're all working and doing great. I'm pretty stoked, and really hope that I start this month.
    aloha
    Jim
  4. by   TheCommuter
    Quote from casualjim
    Keep your fingers crossed for me.
    I am keeping my fingers crossed for you. Good luck!!!
  5. by   GoldenFire5
    Jim, that is great that they've accepted the credits from your other schools. Small victories, you know?

    I don't know what your long term career goals are (or if you're going for an LVN or an RN), but here is something to think about: if you're interested in doing an RN to BSN (or MSN) program somewhere down the line, I do not believe that SDSU or Cal State San Marcos or UC schools will accept units from Maric to qualify for those programs (they are looking for candidates graduating from Western Assn of Colleges and Universities accredited programs). It is possible that a program like UofP would, I don't know.

    I'm not trying to discourage you from Maric at all, it's just an issue I've come across when researching schools and thinking about BSN or MSN programs. I could be wrong, though.

    In any case - good luck to you! I hope you get in this quarter.
  6. by   Care4life
    Quote from casualjim
    Hi Sherrylee
    yep I made up my mind and applied to Maric. I started it all about 2 months ago. I've got to tell you my experiences with them arent all that bad. They accepted all my credits from National University, Southwestern College, Northern VA Comm college, and gave credit for experience from the Navy from my SMART transcript. I did have to write a goofy essay (so what, I've done more annoying things to get something I wanted) I had to take the cpat test (pretty easy). Now the hardest thing is waiting to see if I made it this quarter. They're classing up at the end of the month, and they'll make the annoucnments by the end of the week who's in and who's got to wait another quarter. Keep your fingers crossed for me.
    As far as what I've seen of the program loooking in from the outside. I like it. I know of a few people that have graduated from there (both rn and lvn)and they're all working and doing great. I'm pretty stoked, and really hope that I start this month.

    aloha
    Jim
    Hi Jim,

    Thanks so much for the insight!

    I have an appointment with Maric College on Tuesday evening, 1/10th. Do you know how long there Waiting List is and if they use any lotto system for picking students?

    I wonder how much the cost of housing is in San Diego.

    Well Jim, I wish you the best into the Nursing Program! God bless your endeavors in your passion to become a Registered Nurse.

    Take care,

    "Sherrylee"
  7. by   kitten77
    I am going on 2nd hand information but want you to know of my friend's experience with Maric. She lasted only about three months in their LVN program, then quit. She said "most of the class and teachers are from the Phillipines, they are given priority for tasks and extra encouragement over people who don't speak their language". She mentioned the teachers would say catch phrases in Tagalog during classroom lecture leaving those who don't understand the language in the dark. There might be more than one location for Maric but honestly this was her experience.
  8. by   casualjim
    It's not so much a waiting list as a filter screen, I think. To get into the RN program you need medical experience (I'm an EMTand I was a special warfare medic in the Navy). The big thing for them is the test score. The higher you score, the quicker you get in. Right now I'm sweating it a little (still no word) because I lost a couple of points on my essay I wrote. What they tell me is that if I dont start this month I'm in for sure next go around.
    I appreciate all the worries and advice from everyone. When I started this thread I never expected it to be so heated. You mention Maric and people are either ok with it or it's like Satan's school for nurses. You hear all of these stories about bad training poor teachers and everything right up to and touching animal sacrifice about this place. None of the people that I know of had any of that to deal with. It is true that there are a lot of schools that do not take Maric's credits if you bridge up. National will, along with a couple others that they had to disclose to me when I enrolled and paid my fees. For me that's immaterial. This is a second career for me. I've been the boss, and I'm really ok with not being the boss anymore. In the 21 years I spent in the Navy, most in Special Warfare I've checked all my "ego boxes" . My goal is to get my license and work 2 12's a week in someone's ER. The rest of my time I'll spend surfing and goofing off with my wife and daughter. When the list comes out, I'll post the results. Word I get is we'll know by close of business thursday at the latest who starts this month.
    aloha
    Jim
  9. by   casualjim
    Sorry, I missed your other question. The cost of housing in SD is high. Actually it's really really high. Pick up a copy of the SD paper and take a look at the rentals to get an idea. The SD Reader is another good source and you can access them online for free I'm pretty sure.
    aloha
    Jim
  10. by   Care4life
    Quote from kitten77
    i am going on 2nd hand information but want you to know of my friend's experience with maric. she lasted only about three months in their lvn program, then quit. she said "most of the class and teachers are from the phillipines, they are given priority for tasks and extra encouragement over people who don't speak their language". she mentioned the teachers would say catch phrases in tagalog during classroom lecture leaving those who don't understand the language in the dark. there might be more than one location for maric but honestly this was her experience.
    hi kitten,

    thanks for the feedback!

    actually i was inspired to have a change of heart about attending maric college. i'm waiting for a reply to my fax i sent the calif. bon about the nursing program curriculum at the robert ross international university of nursing if it meets all of ca's requirements (www.iuon.org/video, allnurses.com "nurses news" forum: international nursing school opens).

    god bless ya & take care,

    "sherrylee" :wink2:
    Last edit by Care4life on Jan 13, '06
  11. by   Care4life
    Quote from casualjim
    my goal is to get my license and work 2 12's a week in someone's er. the rest of my time i'll spend surfing and goofing off with my wife and daughter. when the list comes out, i'll post the results. word i get is we'll know by close of business thursday at the latest who starts this month.
    aloha
    jim
    aloha jim,

    thanks for your response! i decided to look at getting my associate nursing degree abroad at the robert ross international university of nursing (www.iuon.org/video, allnurses.com "nurses news" forum: international nursing school opens).

    i prayerfully wish you the best and i believe with that kind of determination and passion you will achieve your goals.

    god bless ya and take care,

    "sherrylee"
    Last edit by Care4life on Jan 13, '06
  12. by   casualjim
    :hatparty:
    It's official. I'm in!! Orientation is the 27th with the first day of classes on the 30th of this month. With the credits that I brought to the table, I was able to knock out an entire quarter.
    Now all I have left to do is everything.
    aloha
    Jim
  13. by   Care4life
    Congratulations Jim--that is Awesome!!!

    All the best to the Finish Line!

    God bless ya and take care,

    "Sherrylee"

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