Well congratulations for those of you that will be attending the program at Galen! I will be graduating the lpn program next week and am very excited. I will tell you some positives and negatives. First off, the cost is quite a negative at over $14K for the lpn program. But you know that already. It was convienent for me though since I didn't have to take prereqs or be on a waiting list. I started looking into the program in December of 2007 and started February 2008. Secondly, its super tough as I'm sure most programs are. Not to scare you, but we lost almost half our class by the end of the year. However, most of the ones we lost didn't seem too dedicated and either didn't study or were too liberal with their absences. So if you want it bad enough, you will make it through for sure. Now for some positives... In my opinion, I have had some of the best teachers I've ever had at a college level. I have learned so much, and my learning experience has seemed superior when talking with friends that attend other schools. Also, I have made a lot of good friends that I hope to have forever. Additionally, the facilities we have attended for our clinicals always have positive things to say about Galen students. Unfortunately, I won't be able to attend Galen's LPN to RN program for a few reasons. First off, its now 15 months instead of 12. And they tacked on a few thousand more, I think the cost is over 20K now. It's just too much time, money, and missed income for me. Also, the program is not accredited. They will tell you that they are in the process of getting their accreditation and will have it this year, but i heard that last year as well... and according to some other posts i have read, they have been saying that for years. Maybe they will be getting it soon, and I hope they do, but I just can't take that chance as I wish to continue on past a BSN, and want to ensure that my degree is accepted. So I will be doing the excelsior program for my associates, and possibly bachelors. I know that I will be missing out on a great Galen education, but it is what I have to do.
Anyway, enough of my blabbing... good luck to you and I hope your Galen experience is as good as mine was.