Roll Call-November 2012 LPN Program at Galen College in Tampa

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    Hey future nurses! I figured it would be good to start a topic for anyone applying for the November start of the LPN program at Galen in Tampa. I am taking the evening classes and will be taking the Admissions Test in two weeks. Anyone else out there joining me or graduated from Galen and have any good tips and advice?

    I took the tour today and was blown away by their simulation labs...I am soooo very excited to start and get this show on the road!! I've been pursuing my dream to become a nurse for over two years now and am tired of the waiting lists, etc...from other area schools. I currently work FT during the day and kept hitting roadblocks trying to go the straight ADN route to become a RN so now I've decided to do LPN and then the ADN program. My ultimate goal is to become a ARNP but that will come with time. I'm just ready to get started and knock out the basics and get my hands dirty!
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    Is Galen accredited? If not don't go there, USF will not recognize them. Did you talk to anyone at USF yet? I would before committing to Galen, that is why I did not go to Galen, Keiser or any of those other "nursing" schools. Go to HCC.
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    USF will accept credits from Galens LPN program ( not the RN though). Also, USF will accept Keisers credits...USF will accept the private schools credits as long as they are NLNAC accred.
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    Galen is not accredited; NLNAC at least. I work with someone who wanted to get their BSN with Ohio U. and was they had to retake many classes they already took at Galen. I would just check with USF before enrolling and not just take Galens word for it. It would be a shame to spend all that money based on what Galen says.
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    Thank you both for the information. I am actually only doing LPN at Galen due to my daytime work schedule then plan on doing RN bridge at HCC then BSN at USF. I appreciate your responses and heads up, this site and the positive feedback I've been getting from the nursing community is awesome!
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    Also just to add, I've learned the hard way that USF does not accept HCC's science courses because at HCC they are taken on the 1000-level rather than USF's 2000-level. So I'll be re-taking A&P 1/2 as well as Micro but I'm sure there are worse things...
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    Quote from Peterjoy93
    Galen is not accredited; NLNAC at least. I work with someone who wanted to get their BSN with Ohio U. and was they had to retake many classes they already took at Galen. I would just check with USF before enrolling and not just take Galens word for it. It would be a shame to spend all that money based on what Galen says.
    That is why I stated USF will not accept Galens RN credits ( they will however for Galen's LPN program )...I have spoke with USF several times as I was looking at the LPN option.
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    KKJA8855... I've never met you nor do I know your real name, but based on our interactions on the HCC Spring 2013 board, I indirectly think of you as a friend already. And as your friend I want to share my opinion even if it is the opposite of yours. So please understand that. That said...


    Re: Galen...

    Don't. And there are countless reasons why.

    1) You still might win your HCC Spring 2013 appeal.

    2) You have at least an alternate level GPA for Fall 2013 at HCC. We know this based on the Fall 2012 HCC thread. You will have your Trig class done by January so your GPA could rise, making your chances even better.

    3) $18K Galen tuition. There are far cheaper LPN options in your area, for example:
    Practical Nursing | pTEC | Pinellas Technical Education Centers

    PTEC even has an online LPN program which you could mold around your work schedule. And PTEC isn't the only choice I'm sure.

    4) Weren't you telling me the other day that an ABSN (for me) would be far cheaper (of course quicker) than an ASN-BN? Not only are you taking the "long way" by going to Galen, you'd be paying $18K for an LPN when you can get a BSN at any state school for the same price if not less. If you say "but I need to work" then still, HCC at night (even if it's Fall 2013) will still be maybe $7K.

    5) Re: retaking Anatomy 1, 2 and Micro because USF won't take HCC's credits: no one says you have to go to USF for your BSN. Pretty much all of the other state universities (e.g. UCF) have fully online RN-BSN programs for the working ASN. HCC's Anatomy is BSC1085/1086 right? And isn't USF's BSC2085/2086? If that is the case, THAT IS THE SAME COURSE. It's Florida law, if the last 3 numbers are the same they are identical and have to be accepted. Let me share the VCC link I shared with you before:

    2012-13 Official Catalog in PDF <-- Click on "State Course Numbering System and Course Prefixes and Headings" on the left, and see the paragraph on the right re: the last 3 numbers being the same.

    6) Accreditation issues as a couple other people already mentioned on this thread. You are playing with fire for your future employment possibilities if you go to a school that has "sketchy" accreditation, let's just say that.

    I could go on and on about this, especially since you're pretty much down the road from me so it's like you're a "neighbor," lol. But here will have to do.
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    Quote from Gradius
    KKJA8855... I've never met you nor do I know your real name, but based on our interactions on the HCC Spring 2013 board, I indirectly think of you as a friend already. And as your friend I want to share my opinion even if it is the opposite of yours. So please understand that. That said...


    Re: Galen...

    Don't. And there are countless reasons why.

    1) You still might win your HCC Spring 2013 appeal.

    2) You have at least an alternate level GPA for Fall 2013 at HCC. We know this based on the Fall 2012 HCC thread. You will have your Trig class done by January so your GPA could rise, making your chances even better.

    3) $18K Galen tuition. There are far cheaper LPN options in your area, for example:
    Practical Nursing | pTEC | Pinellas Technical Education Centers

    PTEC even has an online LPN program which you could mold around your work schedule. And PTEC isn't the only choice I'm sure.

    4) Weren't you telling me the other day that an ABSN (for me) would be far cheaper (of course quicker) than an ASN-BN? Not only are you taking the "long way" by going to Galen, you'd be paying $18K for an LPN when you can get a BSN at any state school for the same price if not less. If you say "but I need to work" then still, HCC at night (even if it's Fall 2013) will still be maybe $7K.

    5) Re: retaking Anatomy 1, 2 and Micro because USF won't take HCC's credits: no one says you have to go to USF for your BSN. Pretty much all of the other state universities (e.g. UCF) have fully online RN-BSN programs for the working ASN. HCC's Anatomy is BSC1085/1086 right? And isn't USF's BSC2085/2086? If that is the case, THAT IS THE SAME COURSE. It's Florida law, if the last 3 numbers are the same they are identical and have to be accepted. Let me share the VCC link I shared with you before:

    2012-13 Official Catalog in PDF <-- Click on "State Course Numbering System and Course Prefixes and Headings" on the left, and see the paragraph on the right re: the last 3 numbers being the same.

    6) Accreditation issues as a couple other people already mentioned on this thread. You are playing with fire for your future employment possibilities if you go to a school that has "sketchy" accreditation, let's just say that.

    I could go on and on about this, especially since you're pretty much down the road from me so it's like you're a "neighbor," lol. But here will have to do.
    Thank you Gradius, I appreciate your concern and looking out for me. My intention is to get only my LPN at Galen then transfer to HCC and do the bridge program to RN. I will not officially enroll with Galen until the end of October, and by then I will know if my appeal is accepted for HCC and of course, HCC will be my first choice. I have been pursuing my nursing goal for too many years now and I am running out of time to make this happen. This is a personal choice, one I have thought through carefully. Ptec is suspending their evening LPN program because their evening program instructor is retiring. I've also heard from students at Ptec that their evening program (especially the online portion) is poorly organized and they feel they are not getting the quality education or training they need. Erwin Tech was another option for me however their next start date is not until August or September 2013.

    You do make vaild points, however. Galen is very costly. That is about their only downfall pertaining to the LPN program. I would not by any means consider them for my ADN due to reasons stated earlier on this thread.

    Another possibility I am considering is Ridge Career Center in Winter Haven. Their LPN program starts January 2013 and they are part of the Polk County Public School system so their tuition is much more reasonable (I would estimate between 6k-7k), however their classes start at 4:15 and I work in Tampa so I am not confident their schedule would work with mine unfortunately.
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    Quote from KKJA8855
    Thank you Gradius, I appreciate your concern and looking out for me. My intention is to get only my LPN at Galen then transfer to HCC and do the bridge program to RN. I will not officially enroll with Galen until the end of October, and by then I will know if my appeal is accepted for HCC and of course, HCC will be my first choice. I have been pursuing my nursing goal for too many years now and I am running out of time to make this happen. This is a personal choice, one I have thought through carefully. Ptec is suspending their evening LPN program because their evening program instructor is retiring. I've also heard from students at Ptec that their evening program (especially the online portion) is poorly organized and they feel they are not getting the quality education or training they need. Erwin Tech was another option for me however their next start date is not until August or September 2013.

    You do make vaild points, however. Galen is very costly. That is about their only downfall pertaining to the LPN program. I would not by any means consider them for my ADN due to reasons stated earlier on this thread.

    Another possibility I am considering is Ridge Career Center in Winter Haven. Their LPN program starts January 2013 and they are part of the Polk County Public School system so their tuition is much more reasonable (I would estimate between 6k-7k), however their classes start at 4:15 and I work in Tampa so I am not confident their schedule would work with mine unfortunately.
    Well then I can only offer 3 comments.

    a) I'm intrigued by why you are "running out of time..." however you don't have to share if you don't want, whether it be here or a PM to me. I'm guessing you're 25 or so, and I'm 31 so honestly you got me curious, that's all.

    b) You will regret having loans if you get them. Trust me. It will be a stranglehold on your life if you get them. Me and about 95% of the students in this country with student loan debt I'm sure would go back and never get them if we could help it. I would rather work my way through school even if it takes longer (which is why I was gonna go HCC anyway).

    c) Re: Ridge Career Center... can't you work something with your job like working 9 hour days on your days of class to compensate for an early exit from work? I would have tried to do that had HCC not denied me for this Spring.

    Thank you for respecting my opinion earlier, and good luck in whatever you do.
    ~G


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