RN who graduated from Concorde Career College - page 2

by Jillyg12 | 35,805 Views | 30 Comments

I was hoping someone could shed some light on Concorde Career College. I really want to go to nursing school at the local community college but I'm a little frustrated with all the pre reqs and the waiting list. If I go the... Read More


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    HI ! Thank you so much for going to link and doing a little investigating. I didn't even think about the words being twisted around and the schooling truly not being accredited. I really need to take your advise and just take my time. I feel like I'm in such a rush because I'm 28 and I feel old and behind all my peers. Thanks for all your help !
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    According to their .pdf guide, their nursing program is 2 years, not 15 months (if you look on page 8 of their program guide that outlines specifically what classes are required for the nursing program).

    Their CO nursing program is NOT NLN accredited - they are CANDIDATES for accreditation. Meaning, they are trying to get accredited, but haven't yet.
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    I went to concorde in Kansas City. It is an extremely aggressive program. There are few open spots and hundreds of applicants. Getting in is hard but staying in is much, much harder. The trick is that you can't retake a class. You have to pass each class with an 80% and if you don't you get kicked out of the program. Expect to go to class from 8 in the morning to 5 at night. Each class will be about three hours and every week you will have a test in every class. It is a brutal program. But I passed my boards and found a job just fine.
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    Also, Concorde is not accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. Here is a link of accredited schools:
    The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association

    Accreditation by the HLC is an academic accreditation and is not nursing-specific. While this may not impact your employment chances it can impact your choices of schools that will accept your degree if you ever decide to move from AAS to BSN. Many schools will only accept a previous degree if it was received from a HLC accredited institution. The ones who don't care are also usually the ones that will cost a lot of money.. By the way, I am not sure why you are being accredited an AAS (Associate's of Applied Science) versus an ASN degree (Associate's in Science of Nursing). ASNs are much more specific to nursing and allow you easier transition to BSN (Bachelor in Science of Nursing) down the road. Comparing costs of tuition I can tell you that Concorde's tuition cost more than my fully accredited accelerated BSN program!! Have you talked to a recruiter at Concorde already?
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    By the way, I am not sure why you are being accredited an AAS (Associate's of Applied Science) versus an ASN degree (Associate's in Science of Nursing). ASNs are much more specific to nursing and allow you easier transition to BSN (Bachelor in Science of Nursing) down the road. Comparing costs of tuition I can tell you that Concorde's tuition cost more than my fully accredited accelerated BSN program!! Have you talked to a recruiter at Concorde already?
    My community college's degree was an AAS, rather than an ASN, as was my husband's (different community college, different state). I had no problems transitioning to a BSN program, neither did he.
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    I worked with someone who went to Concorde while working as a CNA on a tough floor in a hospital. She was very good, but they wouldn't hire her as a RN because of the school she graduated from.

    I don't know this for fact, but it is my guess that you would not be able to do a RN to BSN program anywhere because of the school's accreditation status. Hospitals want BSN's these days, and know that you would never be able to progress to that.
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    I graduated from concorde in 2007 with an associate degree in nursing, sat for the NClex and passed. worked as a nurse at Lutheran medical center and now work as an OR nurse at Swedish. I am not a huge fan of the program but you do get a degree and can work. It is incredibly challenging and almost impossible to work while you are in it. although i went there and am doing fine as a nurse I would not recommend it. I am also one class away from getting my bachelors at University of phoenix
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    Quote from jillyg12
    i was hoping someone could shed some light on concorde career college. i really want to go to nursing school at the local community college but i'm a little frustrated with all the pre reqs and the waiting list. if i go the community college way, i'm looking at 1.5-2 years of pre reqs, since i will be working full time, and then i have the two year nursing program. if i go to school at concorde, all i have to do is complete the 15 month program and then i'm a nurse i just have some concerns with the education that is provided and if hospitals hire graduates from concorde. i appreciate everyone's time and response.

    thanks !!!

    the lvn program at concorde career college provided me the solid educational background and preparation to be successful. the instructors are great and have been instrumental in my success. you'll be challenged… the program is fast paced and not for those that don't want to learn. i recommend this program to anyone who is interested in beginning a career as a lvn.
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    So I am just giving an update because it has been almost a year since someone has responded....Anyways this school is going to be NLNAC accredited as of Aug. 2013. Some may not understand that every school has to go through this process and so you can't count out a school just because its going through candidacy. Its an accelerated program and for anyone who has researched other schools and not just the schools in their area(I have because I want to move and I'm looking at different states), you would know that there are community colleges that offer theses types of programs(Northern VA Community College) which cuts down your program time from 24 months to 18 because you go to school all year instead of spring/fall. So an 18 month program (or less if you will be transferring in credits) at concorde is just as good. If anyone is looking for info on this school (which happens to be the best non-traditional school I have looked at so far), please go to their website and actually read the catalog or call a rep. It does cost way more but I believe it saves you so much time. Nothing wrong with traditional but there is nothing wrong with non-traditional either, if it was the graduates wouldn't get jobs and the schools would close due to lack of results and eventually funding.
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    Wow... way too much money for an AAS degree... and from a school where it will be hard to go on to your BSN because of no HLC accreditation or NLN. Anyone can apply for NLNAC and say they are a candidate... it can take forever to actually achieve. I think it took DSN something like 7+ years of reapplying to become accredited? ASN nurses have a hard enough time getting a job without those other handicaps.
    SC_RNDude and klone like this.


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