Need help deciding on a school

  1. Hello all

    I have a question for those of you who are currently students and/or those of you who have recently graduated.

    I have decided that I am going to apply to the nursing program at two community colleges in my local area (Southfield, MI). I figure I am doubling my chances of getting accepted for Fall 2003 program.

    My question is this: If by chance I get accepted at both of these schools, how should I base my decision?

    What are some of the things that you love about your program or wish were better in your program.

    I am hoping that by getting some praise and even complaints from other students about their programs, I can create a sort of "interview" for the schools' nursing counselors.

    Hopefully this will help me make a wiser decision.

    Thank you all. :kiss
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  2. 8 Comments

  3. by   subec
    I would look at class sizes, clinical sites, learning facilities, NCLEX pass rates, etc. If possible, I would talk to some graduates of both programs.

    Also, if you have a choice, I would look at the clinical uniforms. Afterall, if you have to spend 2 years in that uniform, you might as well look cute.:chuckle

    Good luck to you.
  4. by   New CCU RN
    Also in addition to what subec said... tuition, commute for you... and I def 2nd the uniform!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Seriously though... NCLEX pass rates and clinical sites woudl be top on my list of info Id want to know.... NLN accrediation as well.
  5. by   BioRN
    Ditto to the comment about past rates for the NCLEX. I almost went to a school with a 79% pass rate because I could get in for the fall 2002. I am glad I waited to get into the program at the community college for two reasons. Cheaper tuition and more inportantly a 89% pass rate. The university with the 79% pass rate just lost their accrediation. What would have happened to me if I was in a program with no accrediation?
  6. by   BellaTerra2002


    I have a number of CC in my area with nursing programs. I'm going to the best one. It will take me longer to get into my pre-reqs (because in the fall I'll be a 'new' student with a new perm number, for that college) and it will take me longer to get into school (longer waiting list, by 6 months), but I'm not going to fool around with a lesser school with a not-so-good training program. It isn't worth it.

    Good luck!
  7. by   2banurse
    I would definitely agree with the above posts. If you have the option for two different programs, look at them both carefully. The most important is which school will better prepare you to become a nurse.

    I'm actually going through that myself, except it is with an LPN and an RN. The reason I like the LPN is because I feel that it will better prepare me for the clinical setting. The RN for the whole two years, doesn't have the same amount of clinical time as the LPN does in 11 months. I'm still trying to get info to make this decision.

    Kris
  8. by   BellaTerra2002
    Where does one go for an LPN program? I think I might like to do that first. Anyway, I don't think our CCs in southern California offer the program.
  9. by   camkib
    MrsLHouse,

    I just wanted to say that I think it's smart to apply to more than one school.

    I wanted to do the same, but all of the cc's in my area have different requirements for program entry.

    Now I'll just have to use the other schools as a backup...if I don't make it into the school I presently attend, I'll finish up the requirements for the other programs and apply for their Spring 04 program
  10. by   renerian
    Our class had over 500 students. You could not get an ounce of attention if your life depended on it.

    renerian

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