ISU Fast-track program?

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    I'm looking at applying to Idaho State's Boise-based fast-track program. I know it's a relatively recent one, but was hoping there might be a few people out there who have gone through it or know someone who has. Thoughts? Advice?
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    Quote from Angie_Baby
    I'm looking at applying to Idaho State's Boise-based fast-track program. I know it's a relatively recent one, but was hoping there might be a few people out there who have gone through it or know someone who has. Thoughts? Advice?

    Is this the LPN to RN fast-track you're talking about?
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    I don't know how stable the fasttrack program is now, but over the last few years they have had a terrible time retaining faculty, and have had a lot of turnover in administration there too. Honestly? it doesn't go much faster than just having your prereqs evaluated by any other program. They do try to be a bit more flexible about some of the courses you've taken, but that's all.
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    I would steer clear of the college of technology at ISU. Lots of turnover. Can you imagine constantly readjusting to the expectations of new faculty? It doesn't help with the stress you already have as a student. I got my LPN there, thinking that I would do the fast track LPN-RN. But after experiencing the LPN program, I don't want to give the college another dime, or another minute of my time. This is coming at quite a price to me, as I don't have many other options for an RN program unless I move or spend another 4 years doing the BSN program.
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    AMEN!! I quit their program, which might have been stupid, as I was already accepted into their program, but it was horrible how they would come back at you and tell you that the class that you took and that was required last summer is no longer needed, but you do need to take these three other classes. And so on and so on. I refuse to give this university another penny. They are evil!!
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    The posts on this thread are an excellent example of why allnurses is such a useful site. First person experiences of this nature, potentially preventing people from making bad decisions from which they may not be able to recover financial-wise, can readily be found here. Almost all people from out of state who have these questions, would not have much, if any, access to this info otherwise. Thanks for responding to the OPs questions in a responsible manner. You may have helped others with their important decisions!
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    I am not sure, and the original post is pretty old, but there may be two programs being talked about here.

    There is the ISU Boise, Bachleor of Science, Nursing Fast Track, Program and there is the ISU College of Technology LPN to RN Program.

    As I understand it, the Nursing Fast Track Program is for someone who has a BS in another discipline, and it is a 4 semester program in Boise. There is a website, but allot of the links do not work, so I don't know much about it.

    The ISU College of Technology LPN to RN Program (which I went through) is only 3 years old, and it is a 3 semester program in Pocatello (mostly on-line). It is for existing LPNs, and you have to have several prereqs prior to getting accepted. It is a Associates Degree program.

    Although I agree that the ISU College of Technology LPN to RN Program had some significant growing pains, and there was certainly allot of difficulty figuring out what classes you got credit for (and which you didn't, and which you got credit for, but only today, and it might change tomorrow) and there was some staff turnover (there were only three staff members - two started the program and are still there, but the third position keeps changing), and it was difficult, still all of us passed the NCLEX.

    I do agree that ISU does seem to find a way to get every penny out of you (we had to pay $20 extra for our diplomas, and they look like they are a plain piece of paper printed on a inkjet printer with someone punching a seal on it).

    It really all depends on how desperate you are, how much money you have, and how much sacrifice you can make without going crazy!
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    Quote from vkubiak
    I am not sure, and the original post is pretty old, but there may be two programs being talked about here.

    There is the ISU Boise, Bachleor of Science, Nursing Fast Track, Program and there is the ISU College of Technology LPN to RN Program.

    As I understand it, the Nursing Fast Track Program is for someone who has a BS in another discipline, and it is a 4 semester program in Boise. There is a website, but allot of the links do not work, so I don't know much about it.

    The ISU College of Technology LPN to RN Program (which I went through) is only 3 years old, and it is a 3 semester program in Pocatello (mostly on-line). It is for existing LPNs, and you have to have several prereqs prior to getting accepted. It is a Associates Degree program.

    Although I agree that the ISU College of Technology LPN to RN Program had some significant growing pains, and there was certainly allot of difficulty figuring out what classes you got credit for (and which you didn't, and which you got credit for, but only today, and it might change tomorrow) and there was some staff turnover (there were only three staff members - two started the program and are still there, but the third position keeps changing), and it was difficult, still all of us passed the NCLEX.

    I do agree that ISU does seem to find a way to get every penny out of you (we had to pay $20 extra for our diplomas, and they look like they are a plain piece of paper printed on a inkjet printer with someone punching a seal on it).

    It really all depends on how desperate you are, how much money you have, and how much sacrifice you can make without going crazy!
    It shouldn't have to be that way. Wouldn't it be nice if school was actually conducive to learning? I've learned a thing or two about nursing, but it seems like what I've mostly learned with my education so far is how to deal with megalomaniacs and BS.
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    College of Southern Idaho has a very good program...The ADN is 4 semesters, while the LPN is 3 semesters and you transition into the 3 rd semester of ADN after your LPN. As long as on prerequisites are finished, it is a short waiting list. The transition course you will get in quicker to ADN. Hope this is helpful!!! They are expanding and should be operating at a new building in 2010. As of now they accept 70 ADN students in Aug and Jan. 30 LPN students in Aug and Jan. The instructors are great!!
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    I wish I had been on this site several years ago to learn first hand about the programming mentioned above. I can confirm what has been posted regarding the LPN program.


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