Anyone attending Ambria College for the RN program? - page 2

As the title states I'm wondering if anyone on allnurses is attending ambria college of nursing in Hoffman estates as a LPN to RN student currently that can help answer a few questions for me. I'm... Read More

  1. by   catjones
    I think you are right nurse428years. I followed your advise and went to their school on a typical class day. me and my friends were sold out to attend their RN program this summer after attending a very convincing information session. Anyway we went their and mingled and talked to students. they had nothing but horrible things to say!!! their experience seems to be so terrible in this school. Broken promises, being lied to, they just wanna get done with it and get the hell out of there. We wer told the only way to survive in this school is hire a secretary coz everything is homework, bite your tongue and be willing to lose your self respect. The RN student wer promised a test out ATI for peds and OB but school has changed it to make students impossible to pass it.they all believe that they are being set to fail this test. some wont even bother to take it. I was very sold with this school because of this oppurtunity to test out.. most of us are.... but if this is true we wont even bother to enroll. u mentioned you would get back to us about it. if anyone did pass the test or did they really sabotage their own student? did anyone pass the test at all? how many took? how many pass? pls let us know here!! thank you
  2. by   lpntoRN2b
    I totally agree with nurse428years. I am at this school as an RN student and I can't even believe the way things work here. We were promised financial aid before we started...never happened. We were told we would be able to test out of OB and PEDS and the teacher who is "in charge" of the testing out has openly said on numerous occasions that no one will pass and she will make sure of that because she doesn't feel we should be allowed to test out. Some of the teachers are very hard and have a lot to offer in terms of education, some are so ridiculously unprepared (clinical instructors especially) that it is unreal. I personally am stuck because I have already paid 2 semesters worth of tuition and don't want to lose my money but wow, I cannot believe the way we have been deceived. I really liked Ambria when I started and thought the staff(and the owner) seemed like good people. What I have experienced thus far has not reflected that. It's very disappointing.
  3. by   mom102428
    Think twice before giving this school any of your money. Don't get me wrong, you'll get a good education. But be prepared for the run around at every turn. The instructors are very good, that is the only reason I haven't transferred elsewhere. Their administration is a disorganized mess, especially registration. They don't open registration until 2 weeks before classes start, which is rediculous. They nickel and dime you for EVERYTHING!

    And you can guarantee that "rachelle0117" is someone from Ambria's administration. No student is going to boast about a schools high NCLEX pass rate, and why would anyone add the comment "It has NO FOOD (no pop bottles) in the classroom and NO SMOKING policies that students continue to violate which give the school no choice but to fine those individuals who can not follow rules." Most students are annoyed that administration has nothing beter to do than to the security cameras in the classrooms and come into class and hsnd out fines to students that have a cup of coffee on their desk.

    And the comment " I wonder how much control they have over their clinical sites schedules." They always use the clinical sites as their excuse for waiting until the last minute to offer registration. Funny how all of the other nursing schools in the area don't have the same problem with getting schedules for clinical site.

    And lastly, the current semester OB students have NO clinical site. That's right, they will not see real life patients for OB because they have no clinical site available. Rumor has it that they lost their contract with one of the facilities that offers OB clinical. For the amount of tuition that we pay, that is unacceptable. How are you supposed to get a quality, well-rounded education when you are doing OB clinical on plastic dummies????
  4. by   LPNstudent1234
    I would rather get run over by a freight train then to ever go back to this horrible school. I have never felt so out of control of my educational experience. Ambria is a huge money scam in my opinion. Any POSITIVE post on all is probably from one of the total of 5 employees that run this shanty operation. It is truly a shame that everyday people are forced to deal with an "administration". Administration is a pathetic hyped up word for a mere 5 person operation, well maybe 6 if you count the girl that sells books. I like how Ambria has all the "accounting errors". I wonder if they even hired a real accountant. I never doubted the quality of some of the instructors. After losing a couple top notch instructors to Chamberlain, I bet that they post a Craigslist ad bidding to the lowest bidder. If you want to go to a school that clinical instructors DID NOT show up to your Role Transition, then go right ahead. I felt pretty dumb driving at 515am to go to Roseland Community Hospital. I just wish that clinical sites were at higher quality institutions such as Northwestern, Loyola, Advocate. Maybe I just like driving through one of the highest crime rate areas of the city of Chicago to go to my clinicals. Maybe it was the fact that Ambria just is plain horrible. What do I know? Its pretty sad that I never realized how important accreditation really is. What does NCA-CASI really mean? I was personally told by several college advisors that since good ol' Ambria is not HLC accredited, that I was not eligible for their LPN-RN bridge programs. Wen a school not accredited by NLN or HLC, I thnk that the contact hours or something does not match up to NLN or HLC standards. This is just my opinion but like the RN sometimes say: "Your just an LPN"
    Last edit by LPNstudent1234 on Jul 7, '12 : Reason: error
  5. by   LAbaby
    I just graduated from nlnac school as a RN and passed the board! Don't waste your time and money at
    these "for-profit" schools...
    Once you graduate no one will hire you because the school is only state accredited not Nursing!
    Look for a school that is either NLNAC or AACN, especially if you plan to transfer and get a BSN, most hospitals
    are Magnet status.
    My advice to you is just keep on applying at your local city college. The market is over saturated with RN and everyone now wants a BSN.
  6. by   aflack41
    To lababy, what do you mean no one will hire you? All of my fellow students have jobs and I just got hired. When you say it's only state certified and not nursing, what are you saying? I'm on the registry as a nurse. Just wondering what you meant.
    Last edit by aflack41 on Aug 20, '12 : Reason: Grammer
  7. by   patience628
    When I read the previous postings, I get an angry and eerie sense of de-ja-vue. Ambria stole almost a year of my life and about ten thousand dollars. What did I get for it? Well, a bunch of racist African American instructors and administrators (namely, the dean) had a punching bag for awhile, got the last laugh, patted each other on the back, and walked away with my time and money. This school has to be stopped- its mere existence is an insult to the Illinois State Board of Nursing. Shame on them, and shame on Ambria. That school makes me fear ever being a patient in a hospital.
  8. by   sibko74
    Well if you go to Ambria make sure to have at least 30k. I am in RN bridge now and regret every minute of my time in this school ( started as full time will graduate as part-time). No more test out form the classes, you have to repeat the same stuff over and over again. The first RN class will be graduating with ONLY 9 STUDENTS.!!!!!!!!!! Why? Well they could not afford unpredictable expenses..... Now we don't get power pint printout even after paying 600$ each semester for the fees. They increased credit hours for Med-Surge 1 and it is now 500$ more.... John is very good businessman, but not an owner of LEARNING INSTITUTION. I know a lot of people can not enter in community college and that is the reason why I am here, but they should treat us as students and equal to them BECAUSE WE PAY THEIR BILLS. People at the registration (merry cram or cr.a.p) are so unprofessional and very rude. I am in med-surge 2 now and hope to finish it soon! If you are absolutely can't go to LPN or RN program anywhere else please consider other private schools. PASSING NCLEX IS UP TO YOU ---- IN ANY SCHOOL!!! Look up Northbrook College of Health Care, J'Renee, Omega Healthcare Technical School, PC Center Training Institute. Hope it helps. Please ask me any questions. Thanks.
  9. by   Songbird8080
    would you be able to contact me patience? I think we had a similar experience with Ambria. You can read my google review. Im tia Tom on google. my email is
    Last edit by Songbird8080 on Jan 22, '14 : Reason: wrong email
  10. by   lakeside89
    I am a current student at Ambria, and I am almost done with my LPN. Some people hate it, some people really enjoy it. I am one that really enjoys it. If you study hard, and take it seriously... you will succeed. The professors are wonderful and most of them will bend over backwards for you, regarding extra time meeting with you, and answering your questions. They all have so much experience in the nursing field, and have a lot of knowledge to give. I think the people that have a problem with the school expect to be handed good grades because... yes, it is very pricey. Also, people may not like it because a lot of the times Clinical sites change, extra work is given that was not included in the syllabus, and some things may be unorganized. But I believe, any school you go to is going to have this kind of problem. I have personaly learned a lot, and retained what I have learned to apply it within my nursing career. I am looking forward to going straight back into the RN program.
  11. by   seaviolet
    I just graduated from the LPN program last August and passed my boards a month later. I truly believe that Ambria prepared me for the NCLEX. Their passing standards for every class are very high. As a result, I passed the boards after 85 questions within an hour. Of course, the school isn't perfect. We didn't get to do our clinicals at some fancy hospital. We had to do our rotation at Roseland Hospital where resources was very hard to come by but we got through it. We learned to preserve the resources we did have and really learned to work as a team. But the most important part is, we learned how to advocate for our less fortunate patients. Isn't that what nursing is mostly about? So, I think it's really up to the person to make the best of the situation. In addition, I never had a problem with financial aid and scheduling. The staff always tried to help out the best they could. The only downside really is the extra 600 dollar fee they charge for each class. Overall, I have no regrets going to this school, only thankful for the wonderful instructors I have had. ( Except one from Fundamentals) As far as going back for my RN, I would love to but they don't have the AACN accreditation yet.
  12. by   danni1980
    I was wondering did anyone ever graduate from the RN program a friend and I are looking to attend the school in January and I wasted to know did it get any better because a lot of these post are 3 and 4 years old please let me know before we make a huge mistake.
  13. by   JCLPN0594
    Yes. I agree to all of the comments above. I was looking for a bridge program and i was thinking to go to this school and i am very glad i didn't. My friend who used to come to this school saved me. I HIGHLY DO NOT recommend this school. I had a friend who was going to this school last year and he stated it was the worst decision he ever made. Here's why; first, the LPN-RN bridge program takes about 2 years to complete if you're in a standard track, if you are thinking of getting your BSN in the future, i highly suggest to do that instead. That's what i did, and my program will only take 2 1/2 years to complete. Second, if u see their ADN straight program, it is the same program that these LPN bridge RN program are doing which will take about 2 years. The other ridiculous thing that they don't tell you about is that each class they have an ATI exam which only accounts to 5% of ur over all grade. Here's the thing if you didn't pass this test thou' regardless you passed the entire class, unfortunately YOU HAVE TO REPEAT THE WHOLE CLASS or SIT DOWN and waste your time for 1 semester because they want you to do a "remediation". Ridiculous!!! Most college, these ATI exams are only an addition to their grades not a mandatory test that YOU HAVE TO PASS EACH CLASS!! YES EACH CLASS!! Another thing is Their tuition fee are about the same or more compare to other private schools and Universities so YOU'RE NOT ACTUALLY SAVING MONEY COMING HERE like what the owner claimed. Although, my friend told me that they have really good teachers which is such a waste or such a shame for this school. ALSO, EVEN SOME OF THE LPNs GRADUATED FROM THESE SCHOOL HAVE TO REPEAT THE SAME CLASS LIKE PHARMACOLOGY EVEN THOU IT IS THE SAME CLASS THEY TOOK DURING THEYRE LPN PROGRAM! Exactly! THEY WANT MORE MONEY FROM U SO UNFORTUNATELY YOU HAVE TO REPEAT THESE CLASSES! My friend told me which i found super ridiculous was when you get to PSYC and MEDSURG the teachers are ridiculous not to mention they are not teaching the material properly and USING DIFFERENT BOOK FOR THE TEST. YES! DIFFERENT BOOK FROM WHAT THEY SUPPOSED TO USE IN CLASS. In addition to that, these teachers will bombarded you with NCLEX type of questions which for some students are hard to answer especially if they don't understand the material. So if these stuff don't convince you NOT TO GO TO THIS SCHOOL i dont know what could. don't say i didn't warn you. SO yes! Save ur money and dont waste your time coming to this school besides there are tons of community colleges in IL and they are way cheaper so i suggest you look into those first. Thank you! I hope this helps alot!! and best of luck!

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