Thank You Note to GPC's Nursing Program - page 3

I can’t neglect to thank the faculty and staff of the GPC nursing program for my experience while enrolled. The reason it is important for me to say thanks is because my plethora of negative... Read More

  1. by   mr.rn-2010
    Quote from PreRN Katie
    Thanks to everyone for scaring the bejeesus out of me! I think after all that I'm definitely knocking GPC to the bottom of my list and only going there if no other school will have me! Yikes!
    I felt the same way when thinking of schools to apply to I didnt even worry about applying to GPC even though it is closer to where I live. And let me tell you its not just allnurses website. Even if you talk yo different nurses about GPCs Nursing Program they will tell you the same thing. I had to apply to a school that is about an hour away(Gordons Nursing Program) and got in!!!:spin: The drive is better than failing out of a program

    Good Luck,

    "The Hopefull One":spin:
  2. by   PreRN Katie
    Thanks so much for the info! I'm looking into Gordon's program too, I've heard good things about it. If you don't mind me asking, what kind of GPA did you have that got you in and what kind of prereqs had you done? Thanks again!
  3. by   mr.rn-2010
    Quote from PreRN Katie
    Thanks so much for the info! I'm looking into Gordon's program too, I've heard good things about it. If you don't mind me asking, what kind of GPA did you have that got you in and what kind of prereqs had you done? Thanks again!
    I have a 3.5 and all my pre-reqs are done which were eng.1101&1102,
    Math1111, A&P 1&2 ,micro. human growth and dev. hist2111 I think thats all of them i know I have all of them done and i have eaken and passed the regents test. I do know people that got in with lower gpas. They go by a point system down there so everything coulnts for something
  4. by   PreRN Katie
    Awesome thanks! I'm finishing up my BS in CJ and am wanting to go to nursing school as soon as possible. I have everything except A&P I & II and Micro out of the way and I've got a pretty good GPA.
  5. by   outdoorsgirl
    Wow...I too am trying to move onto another program after negative experiences at GPC....I am applying at GSU and Clayton State...any thoughts?
  6. by   thejigisup
    Dear Outdoorsgirl

    I start this spring at GPC and people tell me the program is getting better. Is this true?

    For the students that are passing in your current course, what are they doing extra as far as studing, extra books, etc to keep 75% scores and above. Also, are students required to get an 100% on Math calculation exams? Where are rotations held are how are they? Lastly, what do you like about the program if anything?
  7. by   outdoorsgirl
    I will tell you that the students doing well/passing study alot, they have a tutoring center and a computer lab designated only for the nursing program....Yes, you must make a 100% every semester on a dosage calculations test give....make sure you know your dimentional analysis!

    Good luck. It can be done. There just are overwhelming attitudes from every angle it seems. I would just suggest that you have 100% of your time to devote to this program as it does not take much to get knocked out.
  8. by   notsk8tngthru
    OMG!

    "Overwhelming attitudes from every angle" is an understatement. This program is designed to see how you can possibly be knocked out of it from day #1. Although I am one of the ones passing I am amazed at all of the many opportunities to fail you out of the program GPC has - it's unbelievable. It is truly like walking a tightrope - one slip and that's it.

    One example is the ERI exams that we have to take. ERI exams help nursing students in other programs like GSU's. But you fail out of GPC's nursing program for not passing it despite a passing exam average. I know people who have.

    Studying all of the time does not mean you will pass - I know of people who did but are not here any longer.




    Quote from outdoorsgirl
    I will tell you that the students doing well/passing study alot, they have a tutoring center and a computer lab designated only for the nursing program....Yes, you must make a 100% every semester on a dosage calculations test give....make sure you know your dimentional analysis!

    Good luck. It can be done. There just are overwhelming attitudes from every angle it seems. I would just suggest that you have 100% of your time to devote to this program as it does not take much to get knocked out.
    Last edit by notsk8tngthru on Dec 3, '07
  9. by   ga girl
    All these negative things you hear about GPC are true, true, true. I am a second year student and have been through hell. The good news is, is that there is a wonderful new Nursing Dept President who REALLY stands behind students. It is going to take her awhile to find out who the horrendous instructors are to weed them out. Trust me, the students are telling her.
    GPC has had their priority not focused on their students for a long time now and it has literally killed their reputation. There are some changes that have been put into place but things are still not great.
    As of today's date...I have NEVER, and I mean NEVER heard one person that has graduated from GPC or is currently enrolled say that they LOVE this school. To me that is so sad! Nursing school is hard but it should also be rewarding
    I truly hope they continue to want to do better and maybe one day we students can say we love this school.
  10. by   dmarie (GA)
    It's a crime what GPC is doing to innocent, trusting nursing students. You walk in, willing to give 110%, and you DO give 110%, only to be mislead, swindled, ripped-off, and lied to. They could care less about you. They are not in the business of education. They are in the business of money. They recently received a huge chunk for their new program in Dunwoody (LPN-RN bridge), and it was all based on their numbers. You see, several years back, they were actually on academic probation for their low NCLEX pass rate. So they swung the pendulum in the opposite direction. In 2006, their NCLEX pass rate was 100%. This might sound good to you.....after all, this must be a great institution that trains their students well. Right?

    But the casualty for their new found success is YOU, the innocent nursing student. It's all about numbers to them now. As of 2006, out of 170 people to start the program, only 20 actually made it through. And out of those 20, how many had to beg and grovel in order to repeat a semester? Well, I happen to know several. What does this mean to a fresh nursing student coming into this program with wide eyes and a trusting heart?

    DISASTER!

    It's a crime. They have destroyed lives, broken spirits, trampled pocket books, and deterred many fine students from the nursing profession altogether. Fine, intelligent, bright, gifted, ambitious, and motivated students, all who were willing to give 110% to the program and to the nursing profession, smacked in the face, deceived, and tossed to the curb. Students who altered their lifestyles, studied 12 hours per day, held their breaths during clinicals hoping their psychotic and unreasonably abusive instructor wouldn't humiliate them in front of a patient. Students who despite the fact that they studied above and beyond the call of duty, crossed every T and dotted every I, formed study groups, created practice questions, visited the study lab, purchased supplemental study guides and analyzed study guides with a fine tooth comb........feeling totally prepared for the exam.......... went into the lecture hall for the exam and found that 75% of the questions were from a different planet. Questions that were never discussed or covered during lecture, questions that were poorly written and impossible to answer, and questions that made absolutely no sense to anyone in the class, slowly chipping away at your hard-earned GPA and self-esteem, because Lord knows you aren't stupid, but where in God's name did these questions come from??????? And lo and behold, the entire class fails the exam. Hmmmm. An entire class can't be wrong..... Kinda makes you wonder. Maybe it's not the students after all?

    What's really sad is: after pouring your heart and utter soul into the material, hanging on every word in lecture, putting your family on hold and taking out thousands in student loans, all to obtain your dream of being a nurse, everything is shattered in a matter of a few exams. Your heart is beyond broken, your mind is in a daze, friends and loved ones are asking "What the heck is going on?", and your dreams go down the drain. Do you think a single instructor or administrator at GPC gives a damn? HELL NO! Do you think they lose sleep at night because you're life has become a living hell? Do you think that when you go to them and ask them, "What's the secret? What am I doing wrong?" that they actually care or give sound counsel?

    The REALLY scary thing is: after a couple of semesters in GPC's nursing program, your GPA is utterly destroyed, making you ineligible for any other nursing program. You CAN'T transfer into another RN program because your GPA is screwed! HA! NOW YOUR A PRISONER! You either stay and sell your soul to the devil, or find another career path. All of those pre-req classes you took? All that hard work and money to GET INTO the nursing program? The joy you felt when you made it in? EVERYTHING down the tubes. Because now, GPC has destroyed your transcripts. You can't go to Kennesaw, Georgia State, etc. Nobody will take you now! You've been forever tainted. Go ahead and paint a big read GPC on your forehead, because nobody will take you now.

    It doesn't matter to them how many people graduate. It only matters how many of those that actually do pass the NCLEX. Because that is the only number they are judged by.

    It can be argued that GPC wants to protect the nursing profession and all of the patients of the world from future potentially incompetent nurses. Maybe GPC is on a mission to save the world and protect the sick and dying from these horrible wannabe nurses who simply can't grasp the material? I mean really, they can't have these slackers going out into the world caring for patients, taking their lives into their hands!!!!!!!!!!! GOD BLESS GPC!

    I have advice for anyone considering this program. STAY AWAY.

    And if you choose to go ahead and give it a shot, because you think, "Well, I actually study really hard and I'm really smart and I will apply myself and I can do it! It won't happen to me..."

    YOU'VE BEEN WARNED!

    The people and instructors who run this program are nothing short of criminals. I have seen many lives destroyed, time wasted, money down the drain, and spirits trampled.

    The drug calculation test is the least of your worries, trust me. Passing it with 100% is no big deal. Study the formulas and do the problems. What you should be worrying about is the UNKNOWN. The stuff you can't see coming around the corner of this farce of a school. The instructor who purposely withholds information to watch you fail. The faculty who purposely doesn't recommend supplemental material. The clinical instructor who sets you up to fail. THIS is what you have to sweat about. The frickin' math test? Give me a break! That's a piece of cake! If you can't pass a drug calculation test, then.... I dunno. It's the other stuff that'll REALLY gettcha! Because there is absolutely NOTHING you can do to prepare for it.

    You've been warned.
    Last edit by dmarie (GA) on Dec 12, '07
  11. by   ga girl
    Bravo dmarie
  12. by   notsk8tngthru
    Quote from dmarie (GA)
    It's a crime what GPC is doing to innocent, trusting nursing students. You walk in, willing to give 110%, and you DO give 110%, only to be mislead, swindled, ripped-off, and lied to. They could care less about you. They are not in the business of education. They are in the business of money. They recently received a huge chunk for their new program in Dunwoody (LPN-RN bridge), and it was all based on their numbers. You see, several years back, they were actually on academic probation for their low NCLEX pass rate. So they swung the pendulum in the opposite direction. In 2006, their NCLEX pass rate was 100%. This might sound good to you.....after all, this must be a great institution that trains their students well. Right?

    But the casualty for their new found success is YOU, the innocent nursing student. It's all about numbers to them now. As of 2006, out of 170 people to start the program, only 20 actually made it through. And out of those 20, how many had to beg and grovel in order to repeat a semester? Well, I happen to know several. What does this mean to a fresh nursing student coming into this program with wide eyes and a trusting heart?

    DISASTER!

    It's a crime. They have destroyed lives, broken spirits, trampled pocket books, and deterred many fine students from the nursing profession altogether. Fine, intelligent, bright, gifted, ambitious, and motivated students, all who were willing to give 110% to the program and to the nursing profession, smacked in the face, deceived, and tossed to the curb. Students who altered their lifestyles, studied 12 hours per day, held their breaths during clinicals hoping their psychotic and unreasonably abusive instructor wouldn't humiliate them in front of a patient. Students who despite the fact that they studied above and beyond the call of duty, crossed every T and dotted every I, formed study groups, created practice questions, visited the study lab, purchased supplemental study guides and analyzed study guides with a fine tooth comb........feeling totally prepared for the exam.......... went into the lecture hall for the exam and found that 75% of the questions were from a different planet. Questions that were never discussed or covered during lecture, questions that were poorly written and impossible to answer, and questions that made absolutely no sense to anyone in the class, slowly chipping away at your hard-earned GPA and self-esteem, because Lord knows you aren't stupid, but where in God's name did these questions come from??????? And lo and behold, the entire class fails the exam. Hmmmm. An entire class can't be wrong..... Kinda makes you wonder. Maybe it's not the students after all?

    What's really sad is: after pouring your heart and utter soul into the material, hanging on every word in lecture, putting your family on hold and taking out thousands in student loans, all to obtain your dream of being a nurse, everything is shattered in a matter of a few exams. Your heart is beyond broken, your mind is in a daze, friends and loved ones are asking "What the heck is going on?", and your dreams go down the drain. Do you think a single instructor or administrator at GPC gives a damn? HELL NO! Do you think they lose sleep at night because you're life has become a living hell? Do you think that when you go to them and ask them, "What's the secret? What am I doing wrong?" that they actually care or give sound counsel?

    The REALLY scary thing is: after a couple of semesters in GPC's nursing program, your GPA is utterly destroyed, making you ineligible for any other nursing program. You CAN'T transfer into another RN program because your GPA is screwed! HA! NOW YOUR A PRISONER! You either stay and sell your soul to the devil, or find another career path. All of those pre-req classes you took? All that hard work and money to GET INTO the nursing program? The joy you felt when you made it in? EVERYTHING down the tubes. Because now, GPC has destroyed your transcripts. You can't go to Kennesaw, Georgia State, etc. Nobody will take you now! You've been forever tainted. Go ahead and paint a big read GPC on your forehead, because nobody will take you now.

    It doesn't matter to them how many people graduate. It only matters how many of those that actually do pass the NCLEX. Because that is the only number they are judged by.

    It can be argued that GPC wants to protect the nursing profession and all of the patients of the world from future potentially incompetent nurses. Maybe GPC is on a mission to save the world and protect the sick and dying from these horrible wannabe nurses who simply can't grasp the material? I mean really, they can't have these slackers going out into the world caring for patients, taking their lives into their hands!!!!!!!!!!! GOD BLESS GPC!

    I have advice for anyone considering this program. STAY AWAY.

    And if you choose to go ahead and give it a shot, because you think, "Well, I actually study really hard and I'm really smart and I will apply myself and I can do it! It won't happen to me..."

    YOU'VE BEEN WARNED!

    The people and instructors who run this program are nothing short of criminals. I have seen many lives destroyed, time wasted, money down the drain, and spirits trampled.

    The drug calculation test is the least of your worries, trust me. Passing it with 100% is no big deal. Study the formulas and do the problems. What you should be worrying about is the UNKNOWN. The stuff you can't see coming around the corner of this farce of a school. The instructor who purposely withholds information to watch you fail. The faculty who purposely doesn't recommend supplemental material. The clinical instructor who sets you up to fail. THIS is what you have to sweat about. The frickin' math test? Give me a break! That's a piece of cake! If you can't pass a drug calculation test, then.... I dunno. It's the other stuff that'll REALLY gettcha! Because there is absolutely NOTHING you can do to prepare for it.

    You've been warned.
    So well said and sooooooooo true. I have been warning others also because it is the right thing to do. People can make their own decisions for themselves but at least they've been informed. I wish that someone had warned me.
  13. by   mr.rn-2010
    Quote from notsk8tngthru
    So well said and sooooooooo true. I have been warning others also because it is the right thing to do. People can make their own decisions for themselves but at least they've been informed. I wish that someone had warned me.

    The program seems impossible, so much so that even though i live 2 secs from the clarkston campus i didnt even apply there!!!!!!!!! Instead I will have to drive about and hour and 15 minutes to gordon where i did apply and got accepted. i was just thinking today as i drove down memorial dr that i wish they had their stuff together because it would have made things ALOT easier as far as travel was concerned and for a sec i even thought about applying anyway thinking it cannot be that bad but after hearing all of the horror stories from this forum and other nurses i have talked to everyone says the same thing!!!! I am happy with my decision to go to gordon cause i think it is better to drive far and pass than to drive close and fail!!!! It just upsets me that i will have to drive right past one nursing school to go to one an hour away!! But at least i will be ok i think!
    Thanks, for i have taken heed to the warning!!!

    "The Hopefull one":spin:

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