I'm a 2nd semester student and I can tell you that I have not experienced any of the things people complained of on the old threads. The instructors have always been friendly and helpful.
I don't know how it was back then but I do know that 2 of the things people complained about on old threads, are no longer the case. We have 3 chances at skills checkoffs. Not 2. Fail your 3rd attempt at a skill and you are out of the program. IMO, when it comes to checkoffs, if you fail out, you can't blame the school for failing you out. You need to practice as much as you can so you can perform the skill. If you are not getting the hang of a particular skill, grab 1 of the instructors in the lab and say hey, I'm having trouble with this, please help.
No one has ever refused to help me when I had a problem. Matter of fact, I've heard people say that before that the school fails you out, I can't agree with that. You need a 75 average to pass the class. Its not the school's fault if you don't meet that 75 average. Its up to you to study and work hard and know that if you have a problem to quickly address it and not let it snowball. If you are having trouble with exams, don't wait till the end of the semester to panic that you've been barely passing. There are resources to help if you reach for help. I don't know if those resources were in place in the early years, but they are there now.
Someone mentioned in an old thread that they had to watch old videos to learn skills. I can tell you thats not the case. Our class last semester scored very well on the ATI exit exam. A test that many nursing students across the country have to take, and our class scores on average were among the highest.
Are some instructors better at teaching than others? Of course. Just like pre-reqs and any other classes. Nothing different in nursing school
. Some instructors are AWESOME! and then a few others are just OK. Personally, I have loved being at GPC. Its tough, no doubt about it. But I like being pushed to my limit. It brings out the best in me in the end.