~West Suburban College of Nursing VERSUS North Park U. Nursing?~

  1. Hi everyone. I got into WSCN for Spring 2008, and North Park University for the BSN undergrad program (non accelerated). Did anyone else get accepted?? If so, say hi! So I am wondering... which school is better? Which school has better and cooler teachers? A higher NCLEX pass rate? Anyone here a former student of WSCN or North Park? PLEASE, I would love to hear your opinions and experiences!!!

    (ps - I did read those OLD posts about WSCN, and how it supposedly was a BAD experience for a student. maybe the school has gotten better over time?) Oh! And I know Oak park isn't the best neighborhood where WSCN is situated, but is it really that scary?
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  3. by   sn216
    I'm not sure about NPU but I believe WSCN has come a long way in their program. They've added a night/weekend option for their BSN which I will be starting in January. They seem to be very focused on their students and very encouraging. Don't believe some of those old posts you have read. This school is and has made a lot of recent changes with more to come. Their adding more programs and even talking about new facilities for students.

    The night/weekend program is great for someone like me because I work part-time at a local hospital and I am expecting my 5th child. I am very excited about the program and everyone I've spoken to at WSCN has gone out of their way to assist me from the start --from advising to financial aid and everything in-between. I have applied at several other area universities but none have treated me the way that the WSCN faculty has. It is a small school with small class sizes which is always a plus.

    Even though I have not started the program, I am very confident in not only the school's program but my own abilities as well. Good Luck on your decision! I'm sure you'll make the right one for you.
  4. by   esruNurse
    Hi Donna, I appreciate your reply. How long is the weekend/night bsn program? I have decided on WSCN as well, for January, although not the weekend/night program you're going into. I'm in the generic program. I agree with you 100%, West Sub has a great faculty. They're pretty reliable with all my questions and concerns. Both of their couselors (elizabeth fern and zach sujith) are super friendly, professional, and great. NPU's admission is not as orgranized. I hope the professors at WSCN reflects their faculty's good work =). I had heard from one student that goes to West Sub that the teachers there are NOT very enthusiastic, yet from another source, a different student told me that she really likes it there. So I've got mixed reviews. As long as I learn a lot, I'm satisfied. I am very excited and scared at the same time!! Good luck w/the program, and your 5th child!!
  5. by   vitalsigns02
    How do you like WSCN so far? I'm thinking about going there.
  6. by   Woody123
    Quote from Donna1976

    I've spoken to at WSCN has gone out of their way to assist me from the start --from advising to financial aid and everything in-between. I have applied at several other area universities but none have treated me the way that the WSCN faculty has. It is a small school with small class sizes which is always a plus.
    Well I have to say that they are nice, becouse they want you to be their student and write 10K check. They lie to me about the NCLEX graduation rate .... unlivable. That school is the last resort for many students.
  7. by   sy33
    I got accepted into WSCN's fast track program starting in Spring 2008 as well. I've also followed the previous posts about how their program isn't so good. But I have talked to other students who have attended there and they've said that they love the school! I've just been getting really mixed reviews... but I agree that nursing school is what you make of it. Nursing school isn't supposed to be easy, so I've been preparing to study hard anyway.


    For students that have attended/are currently attending...What is schedule of their classes/clinicals are for every week like?
  8. by   sn216
    Hi Sy33,

    Check out my previous post here:

    http://allnurses.com/forums/f145/wes...ml#post3221913

    I have some info listed.
  9. by   sy33
    Haha, yeah i just read that! but that was for their night and weekend program.

    thanks!
  10. by   IlliniGuy
    WSCN is trying to really improve their program. They have a new Dean and Asst. Dean who are doing great things. The NCLEX past rate has increased dramatically from previous years. Nursing school is hard especially since we run in blocks (7 week classes), 2 Blocks a semester. I come from a University setting where things are a bit more organized, this is something that I hope they work on. My overall score of this school would probably be a 7/10 (an 8 if they were a bit more organized which I think they are trying to work towards, and I would say in two-four years this school will be excellent instead of just great)
  11. by   sn216
    I agree with IlliniGuy!
  12. by   Redbutton1
    did you know that the new dean wscn hired last year was an administrator in north park’s nursing program? i think a lot of the changes and improvements at wscn have come from the things she initiated. coming here may have given the dean the ability to move beyond north park and to meet the new state and national guidelines a lot faster. ihat's what i heard. i like it.

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