I am a parent of an Alfred State Nursing graduate-there are both PROS and CONS to the Alfred State program.
Some of the staff is excellent If you were referring when talking about the head of the department-well she needs
some serious help. She is not a professional acting person. She may be qualified to teach but she is not a qualified teacher.
I'm not sure what statistics they gave you-but out of 100 in my daughter's starting class-thirty failed the first semester-and more the second semester. This is because their testing questions are ambiguous and although they use the same questions from year to year-with the same choices for answers-they change up the correct answer. The instructor that teaches a certain section is not necessarily the instructor that writes the test questions for that section. This last year every senior passed-but every senior did not achieve passing grades.
My daughter came out TOTALLY stressed(she was a Highest honor student in high school and had over a B GPA at Alfred)-so bad that she started losing her hair.
There are better programs in NYS SUNY system with more up to date facilities and equipment.
They are currently changing to a new review program to-Kaplan-don't buy into it. Buy into a plain old review book and software for a quarter of the cost. Early results of state boards are showing that the Alfred students who took the Kaplan course are failing the board-luckily my daughter did not buy into and passed her state board-with only 75 questions.
The PROS-current the skills instructor- is the absolute best at preparing her students for the REAL hospital. My daughter started in a TELE unit with nurses from other schools
-the other schools were not prepared AT ALL. In fact my daughter taught some new skills to nurses at her new job.
The other PRO-if you can pass at Alfred-nothing else will EVER stand in your way. When my daughter tells people where she got her degree-they just shake their heads and say you're a better student than I.
Be prepared to do nothing but STUDY STUDY STUDY and you will make it thru. If you intend to do anything but STUDY-go to another school.