Georgia Perimeter College ADN Program?? - page 3

Hello all, I am looking for someone to give me an honest review of the ADN program at Georgia Perimeter College. I have read/heard many, many horrible comments about the program there. Also, I understand that they were on... Read More

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    You do know the virtual me,lol. I am officially done with my first year of nursing school as of today @ 12 PM, YAAAAA!! Ok, back to you, you may ask as many questions as need be because I was just in your place a year ago, and another student helped me. Yes the anticipation of starting the program is brutal,but don't rush enjoy your time because it will become very minimum real soon. Like I stated earlier 1921 is a breeze, but you need to make sure you understand it, because it is the foundation for all the other courses. 1930 kicked my butt I went into the final needing to make an 80 just to pass the class, so with that being said if you are not an organized person like myself work on it, if you do not now how to make study guides from an class outline work on it, because these things well help you achieve an awesome grade in 1921 and 1930
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    Hi adorable! Congrats on your first year! I'm going into I guess what is considered the 3rd semester. I know it's gonna be a lot with OB, Peds and psych in the summer. I'm soooo happy that they may be changing the way checks off are done. It's the worst and the bridge program does all the check offs in ONE day! We all where so overwhelmed.
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    That is awesome keepmovinglpn, I can not wait to get there. Yes, checkoffs were horrible.... Good luck with summer, I'm sure you will be fine
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    Congratulations adorable! That is great news! Thanks again for all of the great information. I will take what you said and keep it all in mind when starting the program! Enjoy your summer! Are you at Clarkston capmus in the fall?
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    Thanks, and yes I will be at Clarkston..
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    No, I don't feel like it has improved other than we have 3 chances to pass our check off skills. Some of the teachers are helpful but most are not and they are mean about it and expect you to take it. I have heard of some horror stories that are pretty bad here that has happened to other students currently. Some of the teachers don't teach and just read the powerpoints. I have had to take some major abuse from the teachers but nothing like some have had it. I feel sorry for them. It seems like if they don't like you they find a way to fail you in clinicals, they follow you around and wait for you to make a mistake. Not all are like this, about half. Some are truly wonderful but if you get the others, may God help you because you better pray real hard. The administration does nothing to help you, they act like they care but in the end they don't really care at all. They don't seem to care that their students are being treated unfairly or bad. Some, yes, may have good experiences but for the majority they do not but are unwilling to say anything about it. We haven't had to watch videos for check offs on how to do them but I hear the spring class does. How can you learn a skill from a video? It's just showing you what it looks like to pass the skill but how do you learn "how" to do the skill? If they showed a video on "how" to do the skill, I can see that but they don't. I have heard that is a complaint from some of the people in the spring class. This is an honest truthful review and I hope people listen. It has been a horrible experience and I wish I had never come here. If some of the stuff that has happened to other people ever got out to the state, the school would lose its accreditation for sure. I feel like I am in HELL!!




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    Hello all,

    I am looking for someone to give me an honest review of the ADN program at Georgia Perimeter College. I have read/heard many, many horrible comments about the program there. Also, I understand that they were on the verge of loosing accreditation, and had to increase NCLEX pass numbers, and that their way of accomplishing that was to fail out everyone who might not pass. At any rate, I know that GPC's program was quite bad in mid 2000's, but who's there now? Has it improved? Are you teachers good/helpful? How many people are dropping from your class? Would you go there if you had it to do again? Just looking for some advice... Thanks
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    aimhigh11,
    I'm not sure if you went to the same school as myself but I have to disagree with you. For skills lab we did have to watch a video to learn the skills lab, but next semester the skills lab is suppose to be way different.
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    What exactly are these skills check-offs and skills labs people keep talking about?
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    Hey, watashi
    In 1921 there are 4 skills you have to learn (V/S,oral meds, SQmeds, and sterile gloves). You watch a video and then you must practice that skill in the skills lab for at least an hour. Lastly you have to check-off in front of an instructor on check-off day, following proper procedures and techniques. You get three times to pass, after the third time you are kicked out of the program. But, like I said earlier there were talks of changing the way skills lab was done.
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    Quote from aimhigh11
    No, I don't feel like it has improved other than we have 3 chances to pass our check off skills. Some of the teachers are helpful but most are not and they are mean about it and expect you to take it. I have heard of some horror stories that are pretty bad here that has happened to other students currently. Some of the teachers don't teach and just read the powerpoints. I have had to take some major abuse from the teachers but nothing like some have had it. I feel sorry for them. It seems like if they don't like you they find a way to fail you in clinicals, they follow you around and wait for you to make a mistake. Not all are like this, about half. Some are truly wonderful but if you get the others, may God help you because you better pray real hard. The administration does nothing to help you, they act like they care but in the end they don't really care at all. They don't seem to care that their students are being treated unfairly or bad. Some, yes, may have good experiences but for the majority they do not but are unwilling to say anything about it. We haven't had to watch videos for check offs on how to do them but I hear the spring class does. How can you learn a skill from a video? It's just showing you what it looks like to pass the skill but how do you learn "how" to do the skill? If they showed a video on "how" to do the skill, I can see that but they don't. I have heard that is a complaint from some of the people in the spring class. This is an honest truthful review and I hope people listen. It has been a horrible experience and I wish I had never come here. If some of the stuff that has happened to other people ever got out to the state, the school would lose its accreditation for sure. I feel like I am in HELL!!
    aimhigh, did you attend GPC in 1930 this spring? I hate that school is hard for you, but it really is hard for all of us. Overall though, I don't agree with you. The Nursing Program is very unlikely to be at risk of losing accreditation for something "getting out to the state". They run a tight ship (for the most part) and, anything, are too strict. If they were lax in teaching or things like that, then perhaps that would be an issue. But I haven't witnessed anything like that in my 2 semesters in the program.

    I haven't been on these boards since I was trying to find out if I got accepted about a year ago. Just like adorable (hey girl!) I finished my second semester (first year) a week ago. And I'm thrilled! Yes, it was hard as heck, but no nursing school is easy.

    The vast majority of the teachers at GPC are indeed there to help. Really, I think all of them are. Some are just better teachers than others.

    As far as failing you in clinicals, it's pretty hard to fail clinicals. You have to either be super lazy and not do anything, or falsify patient records, or hurt a patient, or lie about something, or anything along those lines. Clinicals provide a learning environment to practice our skills and put them to use on real patients. We are taught to think critically and prioritize with real people that are ill and are in need of help. Some clinical instructors are harder than others, and some can make it a less than pleasant experience for the student, but that's the luck of the draw. Most of them are great and really make it a time to expose us to as much as possible.

    The skills lab was "less than ideal" this semester, but that was due to a staffing change. It is going to be easier next semester because now you won't get kicked out after 3 failed attempts. It will be more of a learning environment than a stressful pass/fail situation. Thank goodness! Because we lost a few good students to that policy.

    Now the administration is something else. I have had little contact with them, and I prefer to keep it that way, but I know of one classmate that failed the third checkoff, appealed to administration, and was able to stay in the program due to the special circumstances of the case. Whether or not we agree with their decision to keep the student doesn't matter. What matters is that they do listen. They have made several changes due to our class being so vocal about what we feel needs to change in order to set us up for success.

    Well, that's just my 2 cents. To anyone that is considering GPC, go for it!! But know that you are going to have to put in the time to learn! Practice your skills, and get the most out of it that you can! Good luck, everyone! :-)
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