No name nursing school OR one with minimal clinical time
- 1I have the opportunity to attend a "no name" school that is relatively new, or to attend a well known university that has minimal clinical time- which would you choose? I will have the GI Bill to pay, so I am not overly concerned with the cost. Both programs are accelerated, and should take about 15 months from start to finish.
I am going for my second bachelors degree. I have about 8 short years of medical experience, including time in the military and a Level I. My last Bachelors involved a lot of online classes and I did well in all of them. I believe a lot can be learned from clinicals, but not sure what the norm is. The "good" program will offer about 24 hours a week.
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- 0Twenty-four hours of clinical a week is pretty good, depending on how many weeks that is, of course. Can't tell from your post whether that's the newer school or the well-known university. Every accredited school has to have a minimum number of clinical hours. Few find time in their curricula to exceed that.
- 1Check for accreditation and whether the state BoN (all states) will allow grads of new school to take NCLEX. All things taken as equal I believe that educational preparation for such a collegial profession is best obtained in an in-person atmosphere. I see little to admire in online nursing programs I've seen.
- 1I could not agree more, which is why I am leaning towards the new program. It is accredited and I would be able to sit for the NCLEX. In other states where the school is located, they have been successful in NCLEX pass rates.
In my opinion, the only advantage of the "good" school is it's University affiliation.
I just wish I knew what HR was looking for in a candidate, is an RN from one school equal to that of another school?
- 0What do you mean, in the other states where the school is located? Is this one of those for-profit schools that plops down "campuses" all over the place?
I'm sorry I wasn't clear about the accreditation thing. There are schools that will be accredited and approved by individual states where they're located, but many other states will not allow those grads to take NCLEX, or if the grads have passed NCLEX in their original states, will not allow them to obtain a license by reciprocity. Check carefully.
In answer to your question about HR, it varies. If you think you will never, ever, ever move away from where you are, call up a few of the state's biggest nursing employers and ask their HR folks. They'll tell you.
- 0Love your honesty, I prefer a "non sugar coat".
Yes, it is a for profit school that is plopping campuses up everywhere. I tried to gently say it when referring to the cost =) I know their are people who will argue up and down for days that a license speaks for itself, but Im not certain that I agree.
I am in TX, but there is a huge possibility that we will move to VA or Cali a year or so after I graduate. I know TX and VA are compact states, but I don't think CA is. So I will definitely look into national accreditation again. This school has not branched to VA, not sure about CA.
I know to look for accreditation, but hadn't thought outside the box enough to look into other states.
- 0You two alone have made me feel so much better! I guess 24 hours is a ton in comparison to the 10-12 hours at other school, I think max I have heard before is 16 hours a week. So I guess that the "extra" clinical time will supplement the lack of hands on time throughout the week. I hate when I second guess myself!
*** I had just forgotten what the norm was in clinical hours.Last edit by SBSN on Aug 21, '13
- 1Quote from stef84Maybe, maybe not. I'd spend more time at the university and talk in person to the people there, in admissions and in the nursing school.You two alone have made me feel so much better! I guess 24 hours is a ton in comparison to the 10-12 hours at other school, I think max I have heard before is 16 hours a week. So I guess that the "extra" clinical time will supplement the lack of hands on time throughout the week. I hate when I second guess myself!
California is famous for not allowing for-profit school grads to be licensed there.
That tears it. Go to the real school.