Anyone attending Ambria College for the RN program?

  1. 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 looking to start in September and was wondering how the students currently enrolled in the program like it? Any inputs would be greatly appreciated. Thanks
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  4. by   sgthanzo
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    Your question sounds very "program-specific." Ambria's RN program is very new. My bet is that their LPN-to-RN bridge program students are also wondering how this next phase of their education is going to be like.

    Ambria has one of the highest (if not the highest) NCLEX-PN pass rate for private institutions in 2010. I bet their first NCLEX-RN takers will go through a more rigorous academic/clinical experience (than the LPN students) to ensure they continue their high pass rate track.
  5. by   amttherrera
    I have just finsished my LPN program at Ambria forerly Americare Institute and this is the first semester of the LPN to RN program; so currently they have had no RN grads yet. In the LPN program I was very frustrated as they would change alot of things last minute or not schedule things until last minute. I felt that most of my classes there were quality classes with the exception of one where the teacher was very unfair and even stated she knew she was and didnt care if she was fired. We took this issue to the dean who did not do anything about the situation. I feel like the education I received there was quality, but the stucture of the program was not very organized. If I ever had a question I often received multiple answers. As an lpn-rn this would be my last resort as a program.
  6. by   LPNstudent1234
    If you don't mind all of your financial aid getting messed up Ambria may be the college for you. If you enjoy receiving class schedules 2 weeks before the actual start date this school is the best. I feel the education was good, but I felt the poor management really damages this schools reputation. I can remember countless times of last minute changes and lack of common sense. It's funny that 2 instructors have already left during my short Ambria experience. Ambria benefits on your failure whether it be their unprofessional management or the students laziness. I'd rather be pushed down a flight of stairs than endure another term
    Last edit by LPNstudent1234 on Sep 11, '11
  7. by   rachelle0117
    I, too, attend this school. But I have nothing but positive experience with Ambria's staff and administration. I feel that sometimes they bend over backwards for their students. Charging for graduation is a common practice that one might imagine. Robert Morris University charges $150 person for its graduation. Even a state university, Norther Illinois University charges $29 . I'm surprised that Ambria is only charging $10, considering that its graduation this year is going to be held at an upscale Chicago Marriott Hotel. Seriously! I paid more than $30 for parking my car when I was taking classes downtown... The honor's list only shows those people from Spring 2011. A new one is coming out before the end of this term. Just wait you'll see. Also, I attended the information session, and I was told during the session to take my general education classes from my community college to save money. And when I started the program, I had an orientation that explained their grading process including the 80% grading system you were referring to... About their LPN tuition cost, I have heard from a lot of people who had paid over $30,000 for their LPNs from an out-of-state private school. Ambria is only charging $22,000, and they have an LPN-RN Bridge. Lastly, the $200 refers to the lab and technology which is again explained in the administration's email, new student orientation, and information session. The school is brand new and clean. 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. The school tries hard to serve its student. Just look at the different student events they're sponsoring. All I'm saying is, visit and check other private LPN schools, then come to Ambria. You'll see what I'm talking about -- it's night and day.
    Last edit by rachelle0117 on Nov 9, '11
  8. by   LPNstudent1234
    Nice post Rachelle0117....Sounds like a real scam to me. Maybe I should post a advertising scam link as well but claim that im average citizen with no affiliation with Ambria. "Just check out the great events Ambria is holding" JUST CLICK here for great service. I really love how ambria has HLC in there accreditation. "HLC certifies place like Harper... COD....." They arent even accredited. You may as well posts some info about NLN accreditation too. Im so glad that Ambria just "casually" lists this info on their accreditation. Click on their HLC link and type in Ambria. I would rather get punched in the face then ever go back to such a soul crushing school.
  9. by   rachelle0117
    LPNstudent1234... Sorry I don't share your views... Ambria never claims to be NCA HCL (Higher Learning Commission) accredited. But it is accredited since 2007. Their accreditation information is on their website. But I do agree with you about one thing. Their class schedules should be out much sooner. I wonder how much control they have over their clinical sites schedules.
    Last edit by rachelle0117 on Nov 14, '11
  10. by   sherese74
    AMBRIA is wonderful unlike some of the students in my graduating class. I have never seen a bunch of immature people in my life. I will be graduating in December and will be returning in January for my RN. Unlike most of my classmates, I have been in an actual community college RN program and when and if they get accepted to one of those programs, I guarantee they will be running back to AMBRIA. My advice to you is do your own research and make the best decision that benefits you.
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  12. by   nurse428years
    i agree with amtttherera, although ambria has a high passingrate or use to have a high passing rate make it your last resort, if you absolutely cannot find any other school. my advice for people looking to get more information regarding ambria isto talk to their students and “do not listen to anyone that works for them, orbelieve anything you read here. go to ambria but don’t go on the days they havetheir info session because they normally schedule it on the days lesser students are there because of the fearof talking to the students and find out their true colors. i urge people whoare interested to go to this school to talk to their current students. my daughter goes to this school and heardhorrors on how students are being treated here, now i am on to them, doing myresearch these are the facts andopinions i have found out about ambria so far.
    1. the rn students are feeling cheated they were promised a student loan at thebeginning of the information before thesemester started. at the end of the first semester they were told by the ownerthat he never said such things, now this was after they have already spent over6000 dollars to finish the first semester and most of them felt it was to lateto turn back having already spent so much money.
    2. they were promised they could test out onclasses which they have already done in ambria, they did for pharm to reelpeople in but changed their mind in the middle of second semester at this timestudents have already spent 11000 from their own pocket. to late to turn back?i think so. but let me correct that, they still offer a test out but added moretest. a series of different test to be done in one day. their own instructor even admitted it wasimpossible to pass it. the reason was because they found that the proposed testwas compromised. this was ati which they continue to sell and use as a tool todetermine competency as of today, in fact students who dont buy their ati modules cannot proceed to the next semester also they are selling ati set for 750 dollars while the ati company is selling it for 200. i willbe posting here again if there is in fact someone who passed this test as thereare i heard many smart people in the rn program, therefore someone should atleast pass.
    3. just before the end of the second semester theywere asked to fill out admissions form “again” and were asked to leave thedates blank. suspicious? yes. although i think student who done so were stupidto comply.
    4. as for the lpn program they only have 30something who applied this semester, very low than their usual number becauseof other more reliable and honestschools that are now open for lpn program. they are still the only private lpni think who offers fafsa so that’s their advantage. frankly that’s the onlything going for them.
    1. the quality of their education have greatlydeclined, this information is reflected on their nclex passing rate, which issurprising because they have added more work to students over the years butthese task had absolutely nothing to do with being a good nurse or passing thenclex. they got rid of very good instructors who have worked for them for manyyears and replaced them with lousy teachers who have no experience teaching andput them in demanding classes like medsurge
    2. i think ambria should do something to boosetheir pr, cause they seem to be one of the most hated lpn program in illinoisas shown here and rip off reports. my advice to this school is work to gaintrust and relationshiop with their students. i mean if you plan a school picnicand nobody shows up that should have hinted something. maybe allow old studentsto have some coffee too when your handing them to potential “new” students infront of them. or, maybe allow them to bring coffee in class it could come inhandy when your working 80 hrs a week to pay for your expensive fees. littlechanges like this would be appreciated by students.
    ive laid out fact and opinions if anyonehere needs information about this school i urge you to talk to their studentsand not them or advisors. i feel terrible for sending my daughter here.
    for more victims of this school there aremany non profit student advocates available to offer free legal services. goodluck searching for schools.
  13. by   RockyBalboa22
    I'm not sure what happened to you nurse428years, but I've had nothing but positive experiences with Ambria. Most of the "facts" you outline are pretty subjective and open for debate. The school has more than FAFSA going for it. They also have the highest NCLEX pass rate of any proprietary school in Illinois, and a really good faculty.
  14. by   workingtowardrn
    I agree with nurse428years, Ambria does not tell you about the extra charges so called "student services" of $600.00 per semester and the fact that you can not sell back your books. The staff belittles the students and the den backs up to staff and clams there was a misunderstanding. I personally learned this first hand and other students can tell you the same, there passing rate is high only because of the number of students they had "not much". keep looking into other schools, and best of luck.

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