Originally posted by New CCU RN
Heck, if they still seem just about the same you can always go by the cuter uniforms...hehehe
I was obviously kidding. However, a couple of things:
1) If the programs are NLN accredited. (may be important later on if you decide to further your education)
2) Clinical sites...opportunites at those sites, etc
4) When you start clinicals and number of clinical hours spent throughout program
5) Number of students who start vs number who graduate
Also, I definitely agree with talking to some of the students and getting their opinions on the schools...if they are happy there, etc.
Good luck to you
2) Same same from what I can gather. This area (Houston) has a HUGE Medical Center (largest in N America actually) and all the ADN and BSN schools send their students there for clinicals. The only difference is the order in which I do my clinicals. For example, I'll do my Mental Health rotation 3rd Semester at #1, 5th Semester at #2.
3) Virtually identical - #1 is lacking a specific Pharmacology course but I assume it'll be stashed in one of the other courses. #2 is lacking a dosage calc class.
4) Start clinicals 1st semster in both. From what I gather about #2, they split the first sem so you do classwork for the first half of the semester then to clinicals the latter half.
5) This is one I'm having a tough time finding out. The 1st school is one I only recently considered - I met their prereqs almost by accident so decided to look into it.
Neither school seems overly forthcoming with details about the program. Both generally refer me back to their respective websites or the course catalog and leave it at that. The attitude seems to be that there are 3-4 people applying for every slot so, until I make the first cut, I'm irrelevant.
From that persepctive alone, the more expensive school wins hands down. Neither impressed me with their attitude but...
And as far as the uniforms thing goes, I hadda wear maroon with white shoes every day for my entire RVT program. The only option was yes/no on the lab jacket. And, of corse, we had our "Farmer Browns" - beige zip-up jumpsuit and rubber boots worn when working with equines or cattle. After that, I think I can handle ANY uniform.