I am sorry FutureNeoNursing I am not able to private message you because as a new user on this site you have to have had 15 postings before you are allowed to pm with others which I don't have yet.
I'm sorry if you found my original post upsetting which I'm sure you did given your situation. I wrote a truthful and accurate account of my current situation because I don't want any other person to get caught up in a mess like I and 30+ other people have. Posting about the problem was the only way I could think of to provide a warning to others.
I don't know if you will be attending the day or evening program. I attended the day program and that is what my experience and the above posting pertains to. We were told last week by my instructor whom was going to be the instructor for the new daytime starting class this week that the class was canceled because of the state. This appears to be true because I had a friend call there to inquire and they said the next daytime starting class will be around July 4.
I noticed that you say your class was supposed to have started on May 28. Does that mean that your class was canceled or postphoned? If so, may I ask what reason they gave you? I see that the 28th was on Monday; are you going to be attending in the evening? If your class was canceled or postphoned then you now know the true reason why.
I could tell you many things that I experienced at this school and the clinical site but I am cautious because I'm sitting in limbo waiting to see what is going to happen and I'm unwilling to put myself in danger because I'm posting the truth. My opinion of this school is very bad! I went into the program feeling positive and enthusiatic. I was very much looking forward to it as the first step to becoming an RN. I have a lot of other schooling behind me and I can honestly tell you that this is the worst experience I have ever had with a school.
At the point when we were given our final exam we had received a total of 37.5 hrs. of instruction in theory out of the 80 hrs. required and a total of 22 hrs. of clinical out of the 40 hrs. that were required. (Last clinical was canceled but we were only going to be taking the clinical final so no actual clinical time.) The reasons for this are stated in my original post. Students were in a tough spot; do you say something and then how are you gonna be treated? Complain to administrator? She was around and saw for herself. You seen the size of the school and we were the only class being held on those days. This cutting of hours started with the first day and continued every class and clinical thereafter. I'm sure you would agree that this amount of hours is unacceptable and should be to all.
I personally wanted all the education I could get not to mention what I'm paying for. Others didn't seem to care as much as if they were getting away with something too. Don't know. Guess it depends on what type of education you want and why your there. Some people don't mind receiving less then what they should. I found it to be insulting to provide less then what people are getting in other programs elsewhere and less then was required. There was issues with lack of skills instruction and missing educational content too.
I already described the instructors very accurately. Acted like they were doing you a favor being there as if you didn't pay to be taught or they weren't being paid to teach you. It was odd. If you asked a question you were given a nasty response most of the time. I assure you that 95% of the people in my class were bothered by the behavior of these instructors. The other 5% I didn't discuss it with.
I don't know about the evening instructors here or the instructors at their other locations. I can and am only speaking of my experience at this location with these instructors. I can say that the owners or overall management has not handled our situation well at all. Never even heard a word from them about the situation except to cancel the last clinical and then to cancel the days that were gonna be added on. Requested a reason they wouldn't provide any. Requested a return phone call several times, never got one. That tells me what kind of operation it is.
I think this program was being operated like this for sometime because the instructors never seemed to be bothered by the thought of getting in trouble. I guess if people are giving you positive reviews about their experience here (if it was same instructors with same stuff going on)
then I guess those people don't mind receiving less then they should. If you do and your seeking a better education and environment I strongly encourage you to look elsewhere. I wish I would have. Hope this helps you figure it out. Don't count on the school to be truthful with you because I don't think they will and I don't think their troubles are over.
By the way, you mention your voucher. Is this from WIA? If so, I thought it was interesting when I found out that they charge WIA participants $920 for program and other payers $630 for program. (They told my friend when she called that information) I have students under WIA program in my class and I know it is same program provided to all so I wondered why that would be. I looked for a reason and came across the following that might provide explanation. It is a website of the Workforce Development which posts a document submitted by Samland where Samland explains about their BNATP program. It list the tuition cost to WIA participants and what that cost includes. The odd thing is that I'm pretty sure the WIA participants in my class never received this supposed
list of things (uniform, stethoscope, CPR, etc.) that Samland states is included in the WIA participant tuition price. Could you look for yourself and tell me what the cost is for you if using WIA and what they said would be included for you? Do the following:
Type in search bar the following: Illinois Workforce Development System Home
Select "Illinois Workforce Development System" from search list (will show address above)
click on consumer info button
click on first selection "search...IL..list of WIA-certified training programs"
type Samland in search bar; click search
go to 2nd page of program listings for Samland; then click view button shown for the BNATP for Western location choice
scroll down document to #10 which shows tuition price $920 and what is supposed to be included for this price
What do you think? Hope if you are using WIA this is what they told you. If not better go to someone at WIA and let them know.
sincerely, aspiring CNA