Nursing Programs: Public vs Private Universitys, does it really matter? - page 2

Hello all current nursing students and active Nurses! I need to pick your brains please! I am a 2nd degree student and mother of 2 beautiful girls. I made the biggest decision in my life coming back to school to pursue a... Read More

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    I think it just depends on the schools in your area. All of the private schools where I live (Las Vegas) are about $50k for 18 months and super shady. The public institutions, however; are home to the most established nursing programs in the area. Even after I complete my RN-BSN and get my MSN (hopefully), I still will not have spent $50k on tuition! I think it's ludicrous. That being said, if there is no way you can get into one of the public schools in the foreseeable future then you may have to take the plunge. Plenty of people graduate from private nursing programs and go on to be successful, competent, and caring RNs. Additionally, the private schools in your town may be better than the public ones. I don't think a blanket statement could be made either way. I will say though that my father graduated from Pace (many many moons ago) and he is a pretty smart guy!
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    Public or Private university does not make a difference. Hunter College has one of the best nursing programs in NYC and it's also very extremely competitive to get in. So congrats on making it in
    I have very close friends that finished both programs and both were happy with their education and have jobs almost immediately after passing their NCLEX.
    In the end, it will depend on which school you like best, which school environment you think would work best with you.
    Congrats and good luck
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    I personally attend a private school and love the smaller size. But the higher price tag is something to consider. My school is VERY giving with it's grants and scholarships so I only pay half of what I should. If you're really unsure, see what grants may be available and maybe that price tag will not be as bad as you think.

    But the question is...will my degree be better since I attend a private school? No, as long as the school has a good reputation, go with the cheaper one. I only attend the expensive one for the distance factor. I'm a commuter with a baby girl so that was what I needed. Good luck!
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    I dont know how many times I have to mention it.....

    A C C R E D I D A T I O N

    Now listen, I am an idiot and dont know what I am talking about so please....

    Dont listen to a word I say.......
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    Hey everyone. Thanks again for the insight. I accepted my seat at Hunter (public).I am very excited to start.
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    I Have been at both a private nursing school and a public nursing school. I transfered from the private nursing school because it was too expensive, and my father got a job at the pulic university and I had to pay only half the tuition so I tranfered to the public school.

    This is just my opinion and it doesnt reflect all the private and public nursing schools in the US. I thought the classess where easier to pass at the private school and I had a 4.0 gpa over there, if you think about it, private school is like a business and the students are the customers,they get minimal funding from the state and federal gov. so they will do anything to keep the students and make them stay and pay the expensive tuition.
    but when I got to public school, cos of my GPA from the private school I got a scholarship and let me tell you a public school will make sure they get a good return on their investment in you. the classess were harder, and my GPA has dropped to 3.6 ever since. I find that it is difficult in general to get an A in a public school vs. a private school. Again it could also be that I started all my hardcore nursing courses at the public school so that may account for the drop in GPA as well.
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    I definitely disagree with the idea that private schools are easier. I am in a nursing program at the only private school in my area -- there are three other public universities around that also offer a BSN. Our grading system is much higher than the others, and our classes are tough. We also will graduate with more clinical hours.

    Private school is not the easy way out.
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    Quote from sadavey
    I definitely disagree with the idea that private schools are easier. I am in a nursing program at the only private school in my area -- there are three other public universities around that also offer a BSN. Our grading system is much higher than the others, and our classes are tough. We also will graduate with more clinical hours.

    Private school is not the easy way out.
    That's why I said it is only my opinion from my experience from both a private and a public. U dnt have to agree and u re entitled to urs.
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    I think it all depends on the area. I have heard of places where the public nursing programs are not well respected.

    Where I'm at, the public schools (community college) are very highly respected. The private universities have good programs, but I've been interested to find that when we're out in clinicals, the floor nurses aren't impressed with the students. They are almost always very impressed with the students from the community colleges and the public university.

    Then there are the private nursing schools. They are a racket and not worth the time even investigating.

    Like someone said here - CHECK THEIR ACCREDITATION, and there should be a mechanism to check both their graduation rates and their NCLEX pass rates, do it. A school that flunks everyone out so their NCLEX is high probably isn't any better than a place that passes everyone and half fail the NCLEX. You want a balance. But if they're not properly accredited, keep on walking.


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