As I posted before, I have been placed on the waiting list at my CC. Of course, they
don't divulge your position on the waiting list, so I am not holding out much hope. Anyway, I found two schools
in Philly that I was interested in applying to. The first school is at a hospital in partnership with Thomas Jefferson University. It is $15K a year for my ASN. It is a two year program. The other school is at another hospital, in partnership with Temple University. It is $14K for the program but has a 75% NCLEX pass rate. I would be able to start either in January or May of 05. Is it just me or does that seem rather low? On one hand I am thinking that I am a pretty bright person. I have a tremendous drive to become an RN. Surely, I won't be one of the 25% who didn't pass. On the other hand I'm thinking that there must be something wrong with this program if 25% of their students aren't prepared for this exam. What is your school's NCLEX pass rate?
Now, the school with TJU just seems to be horribly expensive for an associates degree? I mean, it is a two year program and I will be paying $30K for my ASN. They are filling up their remaining slots for Fall 04. I haven't found any info on their NCLEX pass rates but have heard wonderful things about the program. But, I could go for my bachelor's degree and pay the same amoung of money. For those that are going for their
ASN, how much are you paying? Keep in mind that I get no grants. I am taking out loans and paying out of pocket for my education.
I could always take my chances with my CC. I am not confident that I will be called up from the waiting list. I applied for the Spring 05 semester. If I wait until Fall 05, I can slow
grind the rest of my pre-reqs, hopefully get A's in them. I am confident, after speaking to
my advisors that I would get accepted in Fall 05. I have a high GPA, and had great test scores on the NET exam. My CC had a 100% NCLEX pass rate two years ago. They are still in the very high 90's.
Now, I am kind of confused as to which path I should take. Do I pay the extra money, and possibly start nursing classes a year earlier. Do I pay the $14K, which is doable, and
don't sweat how anyone else scored? Or do I take my time and stay the course I originally laid out? I am getting so anxious about starting actual nursing classes. I
just want to make sure I am making a rational decision.
Jun 1, '04
I agree with Nemhain. Honestly, I would not base the decision ONLY on N-CLEX pass rates.
I think that there are a lot of variables that go into first time pass rates that have nothing to do with the quality of the education. For example, many of the schools in my area that have extrelely high pass rates (100% year after year) are EXTREMELY competetive and selective when it comes to admissions, while state schools that have lower admission standards have lower first time pass rates. It makes sense that if your class is made up of 4.0, very book smart students, your test scores will be relatively higher than a school that admits a large number of students with a 2.75 avg.
A lot also depends on students in the class and how well they test. Its not ONLY a reflection on the quality of the program when it comes to N-CLEX. It is a factor, yes, but not everything.
(Make sure you look at the pass rates for more than just the previous year. I have noticed that many schools have decent rates overall, marred by a bad year here and there. If it was consistently that bad, it probably would no longer be open!)
I focused on many factors when chosing my school, including talking with experienced nurses in the area and asking them how well prepared they feel the new nurses are from various programs. You can also look at credentials of the instructors (years of clinical practice they have), student to faculty ratios, the number of clinical hours the school requires (that's a biggie). Talk with students already in the program and get their opinions. Cost is also a big factor...why be in debt up to your eyeballs if you can go to a good quality state or community program for less and reap the same rewards.
Anyway...I feel for you. It is such a HUGE investment...a HUGE decision. Do the best you can making the decision, and go for it! No regrets!
Last edit by LeesieBug on Jun 3, '04
Jun 1, '04
My school has a 99% pass rate and I'll be paying about $5000 for the whole program. It's a two year ADN program. You're right about the $30,000, because that's how much my BS cost me. I'm not sure what you should do, but don't make any decisions that you are uncomfortable with.
Last edit by jemommyRN on Jun 1, '04