Help!! Is Keiser University a rip-off???

  1. Hello Everyone!!!
    I am in need of some serious help! I considering attending Keiser University for the Nursing program. I attended their Nursing session, since I have already taken all the prerequisites. At the session, I learned that they are indeed accredited by the NLNAC on a "regional" level, and I would be able to attend UCF afterwards to get my BSN if desired. The problem I am having is that Keiser does not have a favorable reputation. I've read some horrible things online about them, but not sure to what extend they're true. I would hate to attend this school and waste all this money to later find out it was a waste of time and money and no one will hire me after.

    The only reason I am even looking Keiser's way is because the college i have taken all my prerequisites at has decided all of a sudden to change their program requirements, which is really unfair, but that's another topic.

    I am hoping someone on here can shed some light on this school for me, or knows of someone that has attended Keiser's nursing program and can give me some advice. I would hate to throw my time and money away on an education I won't be able to put to use.

    Thank you and hope to hear from someone soon!
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  2. 52 Comments

  3. by   LL143KnB
    What county are you in? I tbelieve they are accredited but they're overpriced and the NCLEX pass rates are low. Before you make any decisions on schools I would check our BON. They have all the info on who's accredited and their pass rates. here's the link:
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  4. by   jliz27
    I am in Orange County
  5. by   ASPIRING2BGREAT
    Here in Broward county they are accredited, great pass scores, but greatly expensive. I've heard it's best you do your preq elsewhere which help get the fee down.

    Just do your research.
  6. by   VegasVet
    Hi, their NCLEx pass rates are available online at the florida board of nursing 84%
  7. by   campercass
    I graduated from the RN program at the Melbourne campus in December 2012. I thought it was a fantastic program. The school is very highly regarded at the hospitals we had clinical in. Everyone in my class passed nclex first try. We also all had jobs within 6 months.
  8. by   Getting To Great
    Keiser is not a rip off...It's a private institution. This whole 'rip-off' statement is so old and done with.
  9. by   SoniaReb
    Quote from Getting To Great
    Keiser is not a rip off...It's a private institution. This whole 'rip-off' statement is so old and done with.
    If that is not the case, why was this school your Plan Z? Why would anyone spend 3-5 times the tuition to attend this mediocre institution, when they can spend 3-5 times less to attend a more highly-rated school? Lets face it, students only attend these For-Profit Schools such as Keiser, because they couldn't get into one of the other reputable Nursing Schools in the State. You basically said so in one or more of your previous posts on this site. Now a school that accepts about anyone, as long as they can access large government student loans/Pell Grant, would not be on my list of schools to attend.

    The pass rate shows a consistently low number of students graduating from their Nursing programs, suggesting that very few students ever made it all the way to graduation (high drop out rate). In other words, on the cream of the crop ever made it and the rest falls by the wayside, saddled with high student debt and no way to ever repay these loans. BTW, are you now attending Keiser as oppose to Broward College, which I think you were accepted at some time ago? Did you drop out of the BC program and now attending your Plan Z School? Why are you suddenly defending a money grabbing institution that is not viewed highly by anyone (especially, nursing recruiters)?
  10. by   Getting To Great
    For those who may be reading this. I just want to say some people (hints ^) spend their time publishing offensive comments on blogs and forums for no other reason but to incite drama. That being said, if you're interested in any school do your homework by researching the school, such as looking on the FBON site and viewing their NCLEX-RN pass rate and their accreditation. You will find commentators who hide behind an anonymous disguise making all kinds of statements to deter readers and/or your decision about things in life. Unfortunately this is the world we live in, that being said, ignore and agree to disagree, and keep it moving.

    Also, check out campercass on post #5.
  11. by   jliz27
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  12. by   jliz27
    Quote from campercass
    I graduated from the RN program at the Melbourne campus in December 2012. I thought it was a fantastic program. The school is very highly regarded at the hospitals we had clinical in. Everyone in my class passed nclex first try. We also all had jobs within 6 months.
    Thank you and congrats! Everyone I know has either attended valencia or UCF, so it helps a lot to hear from someone who has actually attended Keiser. If you don't mind me asking, how much did you end up paying?
  13. by   jliz27
    Quote from campercass
    I graduated from the RN program at the Melbourne campus in December 2012. I thought it was a fantastic program. The school is very highly regarded at the hospitals we had clinical in. Everyone in my class passed nclex first try. We also all had jobs within 6 months.
    Thank you and congrats! Everyone I know has either attended valencia or UCF, so it helps a lot to hear from someone who has actually attended Keiser. If you don't mind me asking, how much did you end up paying?
  14. by   Fearless_leader
    First off I am a former student of Broward College nursing program who now desires to or shall I say attend Keiser University Fort. Lauderdale campus. I do not feel Keiser is a rip off, actually I considered it as my first choice to do my nursing. Why I decide to go with Broward College is because #1.it was closer to my home and kids. 2. I wanted to experience what Broward College had to offer me regardless of the "nah sayers" (mind you I had heard rumors about that school reputation as well). 3. Cost wasn't a big issue for me. Well Broward College was not for me. Maybe one day I'll share my experience on allnurses.com.

    Therefore Keiser it is. I start Monday I have to take computers and redo Micro other than that, they accepted all my credits and I will not pay more that $35,000 give or take scholarships that I plan to receive. Contact Keiser and see for yourself.

    When I hear the term rip off. I assume the school you, I, or anyone goes too will experience something like this. Said school signs you up, and not teach you anything, you graduate no job, no career, and a hefty student loan too pay back. Or.... That's just way to much money for a ADN degree.

    Well I do know this. If nursing is for you; you would want to research what school is best for you. Cost is something to think about. However when I chose Keiser I went to the campus and did a tour. I stopped current students (nursing) and asked them how do they feel about the school, education, the cost, etc. I received all good feedback. I also stopped by Dade Medical College, FCC, as well. I didn't like it at all. I visited Keiser 2 times before I made my decision and I happy with it. I plan on getting a Masters in Nursing so I know I'm going to have owe a lot of money, but I also know that I will also make enough to pay it off. With my high earning job, and years of experience that all started at Keiser. I'm not just saying this I've been on this site long enough to know the ends and outs about nursing, and besides I worked in a one of Broward's best Healthcare system and trust and believe me. All there looking for is a Florida Board Of Nursing License with your name on it. Not Keiser, Broward College, Nova etc. They don't care what you GPA is either because in nursing the saying is C's get degrees.

    Best of luck to you and I hope you find a school that is worth your time and money.

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