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- Nov 2, '12 by NursedenverI think the way the admissions worked when I enrolled was that if you met the qualifications and passed the entrance exam you would start. I'm sure with the NLNAC accreditation they'll start getting more applications, but with four big starts a year I'm not sure if they'll have any wait list problems like some of the Colorado schools. My friend that's going to graduate next year told me that the NCLEX pass rate so far this year is 97.3%! Awesome!
- Nov 2, '12 by SummitRNAs far as I know, nobody who qualified was rejected, although a few people might get kicked to the next start if the NLN boost occurs.
97.3% is as of June 30th and is much higher than previous years. The average for the previous 6 years is 84.5%
Please note that DSN only lets students who score high enough on the HESI Exit Exam take NCLEX. HESI Exit Exam predicts the likelihood that a student will pass NCLEX on the first attempt. This restriction inflates DSN's pass numbers as students who might not pass the NCLEX on the first try are not given a chance to take NCLEX at all.
Other schools like Regis, UNC, Metro, and University of Colorado schools do not employ this practice. All graduates can sit for NCLEX.
- Nov 2, '12 by kerleigh722What? If you don't pass that exit exam you can't take the nclex?! Then what? You can't go through nursing school for nothing...
- I'm not sure where SummitAP is getting her info but DSN like all Nursing schools cannot keep a graduate from taking the NCLEX exam. Everyone that graduates from DSN takes the NECLEX exam. If you don't pass your courses and all of your tests at any school you won't graduate.
- Quote from NursedenverAre you claiming that DSN "graduation" after all courses are otherwise passed is not dependent on the HESI Exit?I'm not sure where SummitAP is getting her info but DSN like all Nursing schools cannot keep a graduate from taking the NCLEX exam. Everyone that graduates from DSN takes the NECLEX exam. If you don't pass your courses and all of your tests at any school you won't graduate.
- I just called my friend that is still at DSN and she said the HESI test is part of the final quarter Capstone course along with your with the Capstone Clinical and everything else that's part of that course. Like any college course, if you don't pass the course, you won't graduate and the HESI is one part of that. I'm sure if you don't pass your final courses at CU or wherever, you won't graduate and you can't take the NCLEX until you do. That's all I'm saying.
- Semantics. It is an external standardized exit exam from HESI. It predicts whether you'll pass NCLEX on the first try. If your chances of passing NCLEX on your first try aren't high enough, you don't get a chance. No prep classes. No review. No dice. Saying that requirement is "just part of the curriculum" is BS. It is a tactic to keep DSN pass rates high at the cost of students who otherwise did well enough to get through DSN's program. You don't see competitive schools doing that to their students. It is not "a part of their curriculum." They don't have to.
- I don't want to get in an argument with you. But before I graduated we took HESI tests every quarter to help us prepare to pass the NCLEX. I passed the first time no problem and I think a lot of that was due to the confidence I got from taking the HESI tests. Obviously the way the pass rates are trending so high it must work. If you check DSN's retention rates , you'll find that they are higher than most of the state schools so I'm not sure why you're knocking what DSN is doing. I think if anyone has any questions about how or why DSN does something, they should just call the school. I'm really happy with the education I received and the way I was treated at DSN by the faculty and staff. It was like a big family that was cheering for you all the way.
- I did as you said and found an 81% completion rate on DSN's website (% who completed within 150% of regular program time). http://www.denverschoolofnursing.edu...ion%20Rate.pdf
I don't know all the other schools but, I've been told CU and Regis have 99% completion rates.
Back to the OP's original question of competitiveness: DSN has a 75% acceptance rate according to here: College Results Online
Google said 70% for 2010 when using the search terms: Denver School of Nursing acceptance rate
For comparison: CU ~5%, Regis ~5%, Colorado Mountain College ~25% (Community College with merit-entry)