Unitek College? - page 2

Hi people! So, I am deciding to attend Unitek College, which is a vocational school in the Bay area, and I wanted to know if anyone has heard about or graduated from this school! Please let me... Read More

  1. by   somuchsole
    Quote from CEE085
    Hi people!

    So, I am deciding to attend Unitek College, which is a vocational school in the Bay area, and I wanted to know if anyone has heard about or graduated from this school! Please let me know!! I want to get sonme input about this school from someone who has actually attended other than the people who work there. San Jose State's nursing program just did not work out! I am also trying to apply at a CC, which I doubt I might get into... But we will see... Unitek is my last resort!
    Hi CEE085! My boyfriend's sister went to Unitek (Fremont campus) and graduated March '07. My opinion is based on her HORRIBLE experience there. Because it's such an intense program there really it was really difficult for her to comprehend all the material. But the bad part is the faculty and how they teach (or lack of). During her time there, they were constantly changing instructors and policies to benefit the school's program and image overall. She said that most of the teachers would just breeze through the textbook and say, "okay, study this, this and this, not this and read chapters a, b, c. " They hardly lectured and that was their way of teaching. And the director Margarita and her assistant are impossible to deal with. In order to graduate you need to pass the ATI with 75% (like all the other courses) but for some the director was not pleased with the results even though some people passed at 75 and made the people who scored like 85 or less re-take it or they wouldn't receive their diploma. People were breaking down crying it was so sad. She even had one classmate who said forget it and didn't come back because she thought she passed and already was already scheduled to move to Florida. And someone else planned their graduation trip to HI, which was already payed for, but had to cancel to come back to re-take the test.

    This is just the experience of this batch who graduated last year so I don't know if it's gotten better or not. Also, everyone is different and views each situation differently. But if she could she would tell everyone in the world to avoid that place. I only know of 2 people that didn't pass the NCLEX the first time which is her and her other classmate.

    On another note, her brother went to Western Career in San Leandro and successfully passed the NCLEX the first time and got a job in Oakland that pays $27/hr.

    I hope you find this information useful in helping you decide. Sorry for all the negativity but here's one positive note: she's heard from other people that the Santa Clara campus program is better overall for learning.
    Last edit by somuchsole on Jan 4, '08
  2. by   wannabeenurse1
    Quote from sfshorty
    Hi CEE085! My boyfriend's sister went to Unitek (Fremont campus) and graduated March '07. My opinion is based on her HORRIBLE experience there. Because it's such an intense program there really it was really difficult for her to comprehend all the material. But the bad part is the faculty and how they teach (or lack of). During her time there, they were constantly changing instructors and policies to benefit the school's program and image overall. She said that most of the teachers would just breeze through the textbook and say, "okay, study this, this and this, not this and read chapters a, b, c. " They hardly lectured and that was their way of teaching. And the director Margarita and her assistant are impossible to deal with. In order to graduate you need to pass the ATI with 75% (like all the other courses) but for some the director was not pleased with the results even though some people passed at 75 and made the people who scored like 85 or less re-take it or they wouldn't receive their diploma. People were breaking down crying it was so sad. She even had one classmate who said forget it and didn't come back because she thought she passed and already was already scheduled to move to Florida. And someone else planned their graduation trip to HI, which was already payed for, but had to cancel to come back to re-take the test.

    This is just the experience of this batch who graduated last year so I don't know if it's gotten better or not. Also, everyone is different and views each situation differently. But if she could she would tell everyone in the world to avoid that place. I only know of 2 people that didn't pass the NCLEX the first time which is her and her other classmate.

    On another note, her brother went to Western Career in San Leandro and successfully passed the NCLEX the first time and got a job in Oakland that pays $27/hr.

    I hope you find this information useful in helping you decide. Sorry for all the negativity but here's one positive note: she's heard from other people that the Santa Clara campus program is better overall for learning.
    The sad thing is that the Sacramento Campus were passing students that were actually flunking, and now they can't pass the ATI test. I know there were ten students who didn't pass the maternity section of the program, and the school still passed them in that section. Now those ten students (plus more)can't pass the ATI exit exam and graduate , and they may have to go back and repeat 16 weeks of school and pay the extra money to repeat.
  3. by   BA.LVN
    Wow, that sucks about the Sacramento campus not being able to pass the ATI. I actually just finished/graduated the program at Fremont. It WAS very intense, and at the beginning of the program they say this will be one of the hardest things you do in your life....and I think they were right! I have my bachelors in Art and decided to pursue nursing. I was able to get in at Unitek right away (some people in my class had been on waiting lists at community colleges for a few years.....and after they completed the program they had friends who are still on waiting lists....). There are pros and cons with any school. And it is a huge financial commitment as well. All I know is that I can now take my NCLEX and to come from where I was a year ago amazes me. The program is very intense, again, and they say the extra time that you don't get in the classroom you need to spend outside of the classroom....studying/reading...etc. However, I'm now considering going for my RN and after completing the LVN program, I feel I can complete the RN program b/c the schedule won't be nearly as intense as the LVN one. Anyways, I know people have their opinions about Unitek, the instructors, etc....I know I definitely do, but it also depends on the student and how much they want it and are willing to work for it and also confronting/asking for help from the instructors.....

    Hope that helps!

  4. by   NICUrn2B
    What are the hours for the bridge program at unitek? Is it really M-F 8-5?
  5. by   BA.LVN
    I didn't go thru the bridge program, so I'm not quite sure, but I think it's 8am-1pm so you still have time to work after, if you want.
  6. by   BA.LVN
    And I passed my NCLEX-PN at 85 questions.....everyone I have talked to from my class has passed too. Although I'm still looking for a job, I know people from my class have already started working.
  7. by   NickiLaughs
    If you're not good at studying on your own I wouldn't recommend this program. The majority of the teachers are very weak. However, they have hired some new teachers who are excellent so that could be changing soon.
    The LVN to RN program is pretty much m-f 9-4, however. Some modules you will have evening clinicals, about half I believe which are 2-10:30 or so.
    They are cracking down on ATI requirements. They are a percentage of your grade and you have to pass them. The school does not give you any study aids to help you pass them. So far our class has passed all of them, we only have OB, peds and the exit left. I've heard the exit is the hardest because they require a 90% (after they convert it).
    Most schools require ATI, this is one of the few that actually requires a certain score though.
    However, if you can pass all the ATI's, it is likely you will pass the NCLEX with flying colors.

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