Um, let's see here. I'm currently in the MDC RN accelerated option (AO); I started August 2008. I would say that if you have the prerequisites, and if you are absolutely positive that what you need is good grades, then I would recommend the generic program. I've always had good grades, and I'm actually getting As and high Bs in AO, but there are many more people in my class who are smart, study consistently and who will be great nurses, but who are getting Bs or Cs. Some of the good ones didn't even make it this far.....
AO is NOT
the program to be focusing on GPA...you only have time/energy/emotional capacity to focus on passing the program, learning what you can to prepare you to pass NCLEX, and learning as much as you can about how to be a good nurse, although at this point most of us are pretty convinced that we will learn how to be a nurse when we start nursing rather than in school.
Even though I'm doing well, as I said, and I haven't changed my mind about nursing, I have found AO almost completely and consistently frustrating, challenging for all the wrong reasons, ridiculous, infuriating, and occasionally terrifying (the critical thinking/care plan exams). So worrying about being an A student is just going to add to it.
Do I recommend the program? Well, if I pass it by August, I'll probably tell you yes. But if I don't, I'll probably feel differently. You see, even though I'm getting As for the most part, I still feel completely unsure of my future in the program. I think that's how most of us feel at times....we take it day by day and hope for the best.
I've never prayed more in my life. hahahahahahah!
If you have prior medical experience (CNA, rad tech, etc), you will more than likely do better than if you have none at all. Also, remember that in MDC nursing programs
, a 92% is a B (maybe even 93%, i don't remember).
One of our people flunked the program by less than one percentage point....it's not for the faint of heart.
That being said, good luck to you whatever you choose, and be brave! :-)