Has anyone heard the good, the bad, and the ugly about First Coast Technical College (FCTC) in St. Augustine, Florida? I tried searching but nothing comes up.
Oct 2, '09
Thanks for your reply jjasbury.
- Which program are you in days or nights?
- What kind of pts did you have for your application?
I have been looking for someone to talk to about this & FCTC does not provide a lot of upfront information.
Do you think you could also address a few other questions?
- For Days LPN when/ how long is spring break & summer break?
- How is absences leaving early tolerated?
- You say your wife graduated in December, so I take it she went December to December... she also took her test in Feb.... Can you take the test as soon as you graduate or end the program?
If I come off as an irresponsible careless person or slacker I don't mean to I am just preparing my schedule for the next year. My fiance is in the USMC & we are trying to plan his leave around my school schedule. When we get married in February I want to pick him up at the airport & drop him off & was just concerned how FCTC handles clinical & classroom absences or early leave/ late arrival.
I do intend to make school a top priority just please let me know what I'm up against
The nursing staff never returns emails & I don't want to bug them with my questions.
Last edit by tnbutterfly on Oct 2, '09
I'm in the Day program, which is approx. 13 months, 7:30 to 3:30 M.-Th. for the first 3 months. Then hours change to; M. & Tu. 6:30 - 4:30, W. & Th. 8:30 - 4:00, Clinicals are M. & Tu., class room W. & Th.
The night program lasts approx. 18 months, 5:00-9:00 T-W-T with clinicals every other weekend from 6:30am to 4:30 pm
-FCTC pts. system is based on TABE and critical thinking test scores, the date of your app. and previous experence (health care provider C.P.R. training, C.N.A. licence and experence, and if you live in St. Johns County.
-Breaks or days out of school follows the St. Johns Co. school schedule, with in-services being observed on Thurs. since FCTC is not open on Fri.
-Absences; you are allowed 24 hrs. of classroom and 24 hrs. of clinical time that can be missed. 30min late to clinicals is considered absent and you will be sent home, (assignments are given with-in that time, if you are late you will not be given one). any time missed over that, will require enrollment into the next class in order to make up that time.
Leaving early requires signing out and that time is tabulated against the allowed absence time.
-Also, you must score higher than 80% on ALL tests, if a score is lower, the test must be retaken and 80% must be achieved. You are allowed only one or two retakes per the 5 sub-sections of the course. FCTC's high N-Clex pass rate is due to the fact that if someone is not learning the information, they will be excussed from thier course and given the opportunity to enroll in the next avalible class. (no exception)
-Upon completion of the program, FCTC will double check that all of the course requirements have been meet and will then send the D.O.H. a list of applicants who are eligible to take their State boards (N-Clex).
However the D.O.H. does not handle testing, it is contracted to a 3rd. party, so when you apply with this 3rd. party they must send and receive confirmation form the D.O.H. that you are eligible to test, the 3rd. party will then send the you a list of times and testing locations, to choose from. This process takes 3-4 weeks before you will have a test date. which is generally another 2-4 weeks out. very rarely will someone test with-in one month of course completion. It is usually 2-4 months depending on how many others are applying, and in Dec. the holidays will slow things down a-bit. (this is the D.O.H.'s process, the school you goto has no control over it)
Hope this helps !
Last edit by jjasbury on Oct 4, '09