Sprott-Shaw..DO or DONT? - page 2

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hey everyone!:welcome: the last couple of years i've been working as a paramedic in british columbia, canada and have found that i'm better suited for nursing, i love the job but i can't stand how short the time is with the... Read More


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    Quote from javita
    I wonder how's the reputation of vancouver career college. It's a private college; they alslo have LPN program.

    See my above post on Sprott Shaw. Same thing for VCC.

    DON'T GO THROUGH PRIVATE SCHOOLS! They are just out to make $$ and don't care about the quaility of education.

    If you live in Vancouver, look into BCIT or the college that has a campus dowtown, right by Stadium skytrain station and another on Broadway. I don't remember the name, it's been too long since I've lived there!!

    Google it.
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    Hi there I know its was a bit ago that this original post was put here. I can tell you this if you are wanting to get into a career where you are 'helping people' like people in the health care community do....then at all cost avoid SPROTT SHAW!! I have had the worst experience by attending 2 semesters there. The verbal abuse and non positive learning environment. Remember within this LPN title comes people's lives in our hands...so to go to a school who's bottom line is about our money....well hmmm I wish I had known about sites like this and others before I had decided to go there...but I like others was under a time line so chose to go to as school who was able to get me in. Funny thing the money we pay yet they have broken lab equipment and instructors that speak down to their students, and are just interested in setting you up to fail or to leave so they can keep your money....then when you do leave they withhold legal documents that can help you to continue in another school. Yeah so if you want to pay to be abused and treated like crap then go to Sprott Shaw....JUST REMEMBER THE CUSTOMER IS THE ONE WHO PAYS THE MONEY....YET SPROTT SHAW IS THE ONE WHO GETS THE MONEY AND KICKS US AROUND.
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    Quote from Ogopogo
    See my above post on Sprott Shaw. Same thing for VCC.

    DON'T GO THROUGH PRIVATE SCHOOLS! They are just out to make $$ and don't care about the quaility of education.

    If you live in Vancouver, look into BCIT or the college that has a campus dowtown, right by Stadium skytrain station and another on Broadway. I don't remember the name, it's been too long since I've lived there!!

    Google it.

    The one by Stadium Skytrain is VCC/VVI (Vancouver Community College/Vancouver Vocational Institute). That school is publicly funded and has been producing PNs since at least the 1970s.
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    Do not go to private colleges.
    I did my medical laboratory at Stenberg College.
    Wait and do you LPN at VCC it is a reputable school and you will have paid 1/6 less of what Sprot Shaw and Stenberg will charge you.

    I wish the private schools were more regulated becuase they are a business and they only care about $$$$$ not students.

    Please becareful with chosing the right school for your LPN studies.

    Good Luck!
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    DEFINATLEY do not not do sprott shaw. And if there are other alternatives go there. BUT I am going to Vancouver career college. The schools here in the lower mainland except that school and the university as the highest when it comes hiring.

    I am fortunate as mine is being sponsored. And they just recently got accredited. Go to their website and it will tell you about the outside group that does it and what improvements they are making.

    Ya gotta do what you gotta do.
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    I went to Sprott-Shaw for my Pharmacy Technician diploma and I got screwed. I graduated with honors which is all fine and dandy but it was next to impossible to get a job cause SS's courses aren't recognized anywhere.

    I have a family friend who is doing her LPN through SS and its not going to be pretty when she graduates. SS is NOT recognized by the Canadian LPN people and they won't let you write the licensing exam unless you have a few years of experience under your belt. So she has to work as a nursing assistant before she can get licensed which is a huge waste of time.

    My advice, avoid SS like the plague. Sure you can fast track your course but its not worth it in the long run because its not recognized and its impossible to get a job. I'm living proof.

    Look for a recognized college for LPN so you can write the licensing exam once you graduate. A list of recognized schools can be found at any College of Licensed Practical Nurses. You just need to find the one that's in your province, ie B.C..

    Best of luck!
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    Since when is Sprott shaw not recoginzed by the canadian lpn people? I recently graduated from sprott shaw about 2 months ago and took the LPN licensing exam this week. I think Sprott Shaw was a really great school and I felt like I was well prepared for not only the national exam but also prepared to be out in the work force as soon as I graduated. Not all sprott shaws are the same you have to do your research and find out about the different locations. So no you don't have to have experience for a few years before you can write the licensing exam, you can write it as soon as you graduate from there.
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    I've actually just finished my nursing school (LPN) at SSCC.
    The instructors were amazing, but the administration was hell ( in many different ways ). At some point in my schooling year i felt as though the adminstration was more interested in money, rather than the students. The school is VERY costly but other than that I had a blast and learned alot.
    I also had no problem finding a casual position at the hospital. gLuck.
    :spin:
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    Quote from soyourefromcanada
    I've actually just finished my nursing school (LPN) at SSCC.
    The instructors were amazing, but the administration was hell ( in many different ways ). At some point in my schooling year i felt as though the adminstration was more interested in money, rather than the students. The school is VERY costly but other than that I had a blast and learned alot.
    I also had no problem finding a casual position at the hospital. gLuck.
    :spin:
    What campus did you go through?
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    Hi, this is my first post here so hopefully I'm doing it right I see that oopsyadaisy mentioned they were going to Vancouver career college and that was back in May, if you see this message I was wondering if you could let me know how it is going, do you like that school? I am currently trying to decide if I should go to Sprott-shaw, Vancouver Career college, or the Canadian health care academy. I have the e.i. sponsorship thing and no time to wait so I'm going to take a chance with a private school, but I'm having trouble picking one. Any help would be appreciated.


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