Dade Medical College Nursing Program any graduates?

  1. 0 So I am staring the nursing program (ADN) in the next three weeks, I passed the teas test with an score of 85.3 (they only required a 60), they accepted all my pre-requesites from Miami Dade College so I will go directly into the nursing courses, I will only pay 45,000 for the program since they gave me a credit of 15,000 due to a took all my pre-requesites at MDC.

    I would love to hear from current students and from any gradutes what was their experience at this school, please give me any advice, comments.

    Thanks
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  3. Visit  ananursing12 profile page

    About ananursing12

    From 'Hialeah, FL, US'; Joined Jun '12; Posts: 5; Likes: 4.

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  4. Visit  on eagles wings profile page
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    I know you are about to start and don't wanna be negative, but do you realize that 45k is WAY too much for an ADN??? Why didn't you just stay at MDC (its less than 7k for the whole program) or go to Broward College? You don't wanna go into such heaping debt with an ADN and then have to go back for your RN-BSN in the next couple of years anyway. Think about it.

    Good luck in your nursing career.
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  5. Visit  ananursing12 profile page
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    I haven't apply to MDC or BCC Nursing Program I just don't want to wait and as soon as I finish with the ADN I already have job offers since I work in the field. Besides that I like the school and the Nursing program alot.

    Thanks for the advice
  6. Visit  hailey1122 profile page
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    I don't mean to rain on your parade, but you're in for a real shocker at DMC. I graduated from their Miami campus a few months ago (taking my NCLEX next week), and I can tell you they lied to us from day one. As of now, the school is not accredited. This means you will not be able to transfer your credits to another institution toward a BSN or MSN if the school is not accredited by the time you graduate. If the school receives accreditation AFTER you graduate, you are not grandfathered in. Soooo after 60K, I am now left with a degree I can sit for the NCLEX with, but not transfer to a traditional University/College for the completion of my BSN. The school will receive accreditation once a certain percentage of their graduated pass the NCLEX. I'm not sure what that percentage is, but follow this link and you can see what the school's pass rates are: Education Information - Florida Board of Nursing - Education Information not good. In addition to that, you will have clinicals at any time of the day, regardless of your class hours, you will not know your clinical schedules until the last minute, half your teachers won't speak English (at the Miami campus-not sure what the rest of them are like), and you will have to do a LOT of studying on your own, as the classes are very condensed. I had a handful of great teachers, but many of them didn't teach us squat! You will mostly be taught by looking at PowerPoint presentations. Again, I don't want to burst your bubble, but just want to let you know exactly what you're getting into. I wish someone had warned me about DMC. Some students withdrew, went to Florida National College, paid less and were happier with that experience. I didn't go there myself, so I can't give you any information on that. So they only require a 60 on the TEAS now? When I started, they required a 75 for the RN program and a 70 for the LPN program. Why LOWER requirements, especially on a test that's so ridiculously easy? That's insane. Well, that's my 2 cents. Good luck.
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  7. Visit  CDub72 profile page
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    Hi Ananursing-
    Yeah I agree, $45,000 is way to much money. I too looked into the programs at Dade Medical as well as FNC... to be honest all private schools are expensive. But Im definitely trying to enroll in FNC when I complete all of my pre-reqs. Once your pre-requisite courses are completed the program will only cost you around $20,000 which is considerably less than Dade Medical. This is not to mention that I took the extra step and called FAU (since I plan to transfer there after completing my ASN degree) and they accept credits from FNC who is regionally accreditted.. .SACS accredidation I think. So you are better off telling Dade Medical you're no longer interested and checking out schools like Florida National College (FNC), Miami Dade or Broward College. Although some of the public schools have a waiting list, you have nothing to worry about with MDC and BCC as they are accreditted institutions and litterally costs 5 times less than Dade Medical. I wish I were able to be accepted into MDCs nursing program however they don't accept repeats or Ws in science courses so that school isnt an option. Student loans are killer to pay back, I have a bachelors degree outside of the nursing field and am having to pay those right now ! uggghhh... Good luck and hope you meet your nursing goals.
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  8. Visit  JCast87 profile page
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    Please DO NOT go to FNC... That is the school I was attending but I recently posted a thread entitled "should I switch nursing schools after the first semester"..... It's in this same category so I would highly recommend that you read the thread.

    I too went to MDC and I can tell you from experience, You will feel like you sold yourself cheap.

    FNC is regionally accredited, yes, however they are not accredited by the state of Florida and if you look at job postings for RNs, most say "Nursing Dregree from Accredited Nursing School Required".Please consider your options first. There is FIU, Miami Dade, Nova, Barry, Keiser.... All of which are accredited by the state of Florida when you search through the Department of Heath government website. Best of luck to you!!!
  9. Visit  JCast87 profile page
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    Quote from CDub72
    Hi Ananursing- Yeah I agree, $45,000 is way to much money. I too looked into the programs at Dade Medical as well as FNC... to be honest all private schools are expensive. But Im definitely trying to enroll in FNC when I complete all of my pre-reqs. Once your pre-requisite courses are completed the program will only cost you around $20,000 which is considerably less than Dade Medical. This is not to mention that I took the extra step and called FAU (since I plan to transfer there after completing my ASN degree) and they accept credits from FNC who is regionally accreditted.. .SACS accredidation I think. So you are better off telling Dade Medical you're no longer interested and checking out schools like Florida National College (FNC), Miami Dade or Broward College. Although some of the public schools have a waiting list, you have nothing to worry about with MDC and BCC as they are accreditted institutions and litterally costs 5 times less than Dade Medical. I wish I were able to be accepted into MDCs nursing program however they don't accept repeats or Ws in science courses so that school isnt an option. Student loans are killer to pay back, I have a bachelors degree outside of the nursing field and am having to pay those right now ! uggghhh... Good luck and hope you meet your nursing goals.
    Please read above comment regarding FNC
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  10. Visit  ananursing12 profile page
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    Thank you all for the advice. I already started the program and money isn't a problem. I love the school and the program, the professors are amazing as well the environment and the school staff. I am currently going to the Miami Lakes campus, I am very excited, definitely this is the school that I was looking for, and yes they are accredited by ABHES and the florida board of nursing. I cant believe that I'm a nurse to be in less than 2 years. Then I am planning to do with them the BSN. After that I'll see what the future holds for me. Right now my life is just perfect. I am very happy. I wish u all good luck. Thanks
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  11. Visit  CDub72 profile page
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    Hey JCast-
    If you ever read this message, wanted to say thanks for the advice! I learned alot by reading your post about switching schools. Hope you're doing well and lemme know how its going for you at your new nursing school when you get a chance
  12. Visit  reddgirl profile page
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    I will tell you first hand by knowing instructors who teach there! Please, Please reconsider your options! This school is not accredicated so no one will hire you or take your degree in the upper level universities. Heck, most of thier students fail boards miserably! No institution wants to hire these students as they are very uinsafe when and if they acquire nursing jobs. It is schools like this that bring the nursing profession down!
  13. Visit  GrnTea profile page
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    The OP needs to know the difference between "accreditations," as s/he clearly doesn't. NLNAC or CCNE, regional accreditations, are the only ones that will allow you to transfer your credits to another school or allow you to take your FL RN license out of FL to get licensed by reciprocity in another state. Don't take my word for it-- make the calls.

    Take off the rose-colored glasses and call a few BONs from other states to be sure that if you pass NCLEX in FL that you will be able to get a license by reciprocity in other states. It's not a given, you know. They would also have to accept your degree program, even if you pass NCLEX in FL after graduation. To quote a poster on another thread about this school, "Even if you graduate from a program that's approved by the Florida BoN but not regionally and NLNAC (or CCNE) accredited, you probably will not be able to get an RN license in another state without more schooling and sitting for the NCLEX again. Your degree will not be accepted by accredited BSN or graduate programs either."

    You've had a lot of sound advice. I'm glad you don't need to worry about the money.. Just so you know, though, the cost of the education isn't necessarily the measure of its quality. If you end up having to repeat a lot of credits that will cost you the time you think you're saving now, or more. Good luck-- you're gonna need it.
  14. Visit  reddgirl profile page
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    I agree 100% with GrnTea! Do your research and you will come out a lot better!
  15. Visit  KinkyKurlyRN profile page
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    Don't waste you time or money. That's all ill say.


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