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- Sep 24, '09 by Alice88They don't have it yet, they are still in candidate status. But that is farther than DSN is. My concern is that I don't want to have to take 3 years to get a BSN when I already have an undergard degree (and a masters for that matter) and all of the standard nursing pre-reqs done (BIO, A&P, nutrition, psych, etc.). Not to mention I don't want to pay to retake a bunch of classes I've already taken.
It seems like the only way to really get any decent information is to go to one of their info sessions. Their website is awful.
- Sep 29, '09 by Alice88I went the the info session yesterday. It seems like a good program, as much as you can tell from an info session. On the transfer credits, they will accept science classes less than 5 years old and gen ed classes less than 8 years old. That elminates a bunch of the gen ed classes for me since my BA is 15 years old, so I would have to retake a bunch of classes. But more importantly, getting the credits doesn't shorten the program, it takes 35 months no matter what. You just get a lighter load during the quarters that have the classes you don't need to take (plus you save the money).
The other thing that rubbed me the wrong way was they did a cost comparison with other nursing schools in the are. They did it on the cost per credit, but left out that at a lot of the other schools, those are semester hours, not quarter hours. So it masks how expensive Platt is in comparison - $338 per credit for 201 credits = $68,000. I could probably get 50 transfer credits or so, but that's still $50,0000.
So if it comes down to it, I'd probably have to go with DSN and hope they get the NLN accreditation by the time I'd graduate. Their BSN program is $41,000 and only takes 21 months. Besides the price difference, you have to factor in the lost income from not working for an extra 14 months.
I'm still hoping to get in to one of the accelerated BSNs anyway, so hopefully I won't need to make a decision on either of them anyway.
- Sep 29, '09 by Sand_DollarSince you have your BA already Alice88, you could look at CU's accelerated program. They cost about 20-25k for everything, much cheaper...and accredited.
- Sep 29, '09 by Alice88Sand_Dollar, I did apply to the accelerated programs at CU, Regis and Metro this year. I don't think I have a chance at CU with my GPA, though, but hopefully one of them will come through. But if not, I need a backup plan.
- Sep 29, '09 by RaichoAlice88, I was only the 2nd class to graduate and we were done in 32 months. However, that was before they changed their schedule. Platt worked for me as I already had some classes, but not all, and I wouldn't have been able to apply for any other program for at least a year since I was only taking 1 class a semester, while I worked 2 jobs.
The accelerated programs are fast, and if you are the right person for it, they are great. However, I have numerous friends and co-workers who did them or are doing them and they say it is the hardest thing they have ever done. So take that into consideration as well. Especially Regis' 10 month program; you have no life outside of school AND you basically get a crash course in nursing. I have had some tell me (mostly those who had no healthcare experience prior) that they felt extremely overwhelmed once they got on the floor and didn't really feel ready. Not because the program didn't prepare them, just because a lot of nursing is experience and time and 10 months doesn't really give you either.
In addition, I waited about 6 months after graduating before I started my Masters Program but I know many people who are wanting to wait a bit longer before doing that and many who have completely changed their minds about what they want to do now that they have finished school and entered the workforce. So it is great that there are people out there planning ahead, but I would suggest keeping as open a mind as you can. As mentioned before, I work in a Magnet Hospital and am getting my MSN/MBA/MHCA. And Yes, I graduated from, as of today, un-accredited by the NLN, Platt College. :>)
- Sep 30, '09 by Alice88Raicho, that's great it worked so well for you. As I said, it seems like a good program, but I can't afford to be out of work for 3 years. I'm married with two kids and we can't afford to lose a paycheck for that long.
As for grad school, my whole reason for going into nursing is to become an NP, and the NP programs in the area all require the NLN or CCNE accreditation for your BSN, and the online ones I've looked into are the same. If you know of any NP programs that will accept Platt's degree without the NLN I'd love to know which ones they are.
- Oct 16, '09 by somedaynpI am about halfway through the admissions process at Platt (wish me luck) and according to them, their NCLEX pass rate in the last 4 graduating classes is 100% at the first try. they've graduated 5 classes, and in the first graduating class, one person didn't pass the first time, but passed the second time.
- Oct 16, '09 by somedaynpAs I mentioned in an earlier post, I am about halfway through that admissions process at Platt and am hoping for the January 4 start. I've got a BA, but I graduated in 2003 and my gen eds and sciences are too old to transfer -- kinda frustrating, but I guess I will need the review with the sciences. I took most of them about 8 years, 2 children ago, and one divorce ago. Makes one forget important details. Does anyone have any advice regarding the interview process? Mine is in a few days and I'm somewhat nervous. Also, anyone else doing this program who has small children? How do you find balance?
- Oct 17, '09 by RN2BKSWhat do you think of that school? I moved from MN and the community college did not take some of my generals so I am starting over somewhat. I am looking for somewhere to start a little sooner then the Community Colleges. I am going to a interest meeting at Platt but from looking at all these posts, it looks a bit expensive and not sure if it is worthy. I REALLY am wanting to start a program very soon and it makes me frustrated that I don't have a career. What did you think overall of Platt? Thanks so much!! :spin:
- Oct 22, '09 by RN2BKSSomedaynp how is it going so far? I'm taking the exam in two weeks! I hope you got in for the 4th! Let me know what happens!