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.
Jul 17, '12
[FONT=comic sans ms]My suspicion is that, if it is this short, there is NO WAY you will be able to keep a full time job. Let me rephrase: it will be EXTREMELY difficult to juggle a full time job and go to school and be successful. First and foremost check to make sure they are accredited and see if you can talk to some of the graduates.
I just graduated from an LPN-RN program at Gloucester County College. While I did not have a full time job, I did have my daughter in the middle of my first semster. She was in the NICU for a month and I wound up in the hospital as well from post partum complications. Fortunately, we both survived and I still managed to complete the program but it was NOT easy and I had all of the prerequisites completed.
Many people ignore the advice about not working full time that nursing school staff give in orientation. Some succeed but many fail. I graduated with a few that continued working full-time however they were all secondtimers. The only one who did complete on the first go around was my friend who was an LPN. Also most programs require a minimum average to continue. So, for example, say you are acing your nursing courses but get a C in Intro to Psych, they may fail you for that. In addition, even if you do well in the curriculum you will still need to accomodate clinical time.
Nursing is not a job it is a highly skilled career. I joke that the only difference between RNs and doctors is that we complete the same training in just two years!
I don't mean for this to discourage you. I was the same way in that I want to get done as fast as possible. I would suggest looking around to get some prereqs done now that way you don't have to worry about them later. See if there are accelerated science classes where you can complete both A&Ps in one semester.
I hope this helps you and good luck on you journey!
Last edit by krocks1218 on Jul 17, '12
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Jul 17, '12
I once worked with an LVN from Concorde. She paid over 25K to get her LVN education. I paid less than 10K to get my RN at a community college. You have to take it one semester at a time and not get in a hurry. Just take a few hours here and there and don't take too much. Concentrate on making all As and you should have no problem getting in a good ACCREDITED program. Concorde is not accredited last I heard.
Edit: I looked at the link you provided OP and it shows that this Concorde has some sort of accreditation but it's not the right kind to award you with an associates degree in nursing. It seems to me that the wording concorde is using as far as accreditation goes sounds very tricky. It says you are a "candidate.". Compare the accredits of your local community college to that of Concorde. Actually, you should call your local community college and ask them the difference between them and Concorde. Gotta cover yourself. Good luck.
Last edit by RockinChick66 on Jul 17, '12
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