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If it's ITT, they routinely accept just about EVERYONE who is breathing & can qualify for loans. Good luck, you'll need it there. n associate degree will cost around $50,000 and the credits do not transfer anywhere, often not even to another ITT and employers generally do not hire ITT grads because the degrees are so substandard. Do some research before you ruin your life.
Where did you get your info??
They do not accept "everyone", especially in the Nursing program! Prior to ALL nursing programs you MUST take an entrance exam, the TEAs or the HESI are the most common. You HAVE to get a certain score on these exams to even be considered into the program.
Yes, the program IS expensive, but you have to look at it in the LONG run. @ IVY Tech, Purdue, IU, and Valpo university there is at least a 2 year waiting list!! Included in that is you HAVE to get ALL your pre-requisites completed before you can even think of being put on the 2 year waiting list. So now you are looking at 4 years before you can even be considered accepted to one of their nursing programs and then another 2 to 4 years in school before you can sit for your boards!! Now that is 6 to 8 years of not being in a profession that is your passion AND not making the RN salary. So while someone started the same time as I did waiting to get into the nursing program that has a waiting list, I will be starting a career and will have made $160,000 gross pay (4 years of nursing experience) before this finally been accepted into the nursing program and then add another $80,000 by the time this student graduates and waits to take his/her boards.
The difference between a Associates and a Bachelor's in the hospital setting is only a .25 cent to .50 cent pay increase. Associates also get A LOT more clinical experience than a BSN nursing student because the BSN students are not only learning about Nursing, they are learning the business and theory behind the nursing program. So BSN can graduate and besides applying for bedside nursing they can also become case managers and nursing managers. These profession's places the nurse in a business office and not caring for patients, this is not why I am going to school for nursing.
Now dont get me wrong, I fully plan on going for my bachelors, (it will be made mandatory soon enough) and further my education to MSN so I can be a nursing instructor but for now I am content with learning the art of being a bedside nurse because this is where I will get all my experience that I can use when I do become a nursing instructor. I also would love to be a nursing instructor for ITT's Breckinridge School of Nursing because they are amazing and truly care about their student's. My friend across the street from me went to IVY Tech at the same time as I was going through ITT's program. We both had so many personal things that happened that may have jeopardized our placing in the nursing program of our respective schools. Her school's attitude was you need to work it out or you will be dropped from school and my nursing program chair, dean of nursing, dean of the school, and my nursing instructors not only helped me iron out the personal obstacles they even visited me in the Hospital when I got so sick that I ended up paralyzed from the neck down. They ALL worked with me and bending over backwards to ensure my placement in the nursing program once I was physically able. I am graduating in June of this year. It may have taken me an extra year of school but they still accepted me unlike my friend who would have been completely dropped out of her program because all she is to them is a number. Not once did her teacher's offer 1-1 tutoring on things that they were unsure of.
Another added benefit for most who do choose to take the path through ITT that helped me is the fact that the prerequisites can be taken along side of the core nursing classes!! I didnt have to wait 2 years to get through my general ed classes and was able to jump right into the nursing program which in itself was awesome! I get bored easily and if it wasnt for the nursing classes along side of my general ed courses I probably wouldnt have done as well as I did in all my courses. The nursing courses kept me focused on my dream with the light at the end of the tunnel.
Now with credit's not transferring, this is inaccurate as well. Besides that once you are a registered nurse it DOESNT matter what school you went to you can apply to any program/school that has RN to BSN road or RN to MSN road. All you need is your registered nurse licence to prove that you are what you say you are!! You do need your college transcripts to show how well you did overall through your primary nursing courses. If you are transferring into the nursing program your gen ed courses DO transfer as long as they are not over either 7 to 10 years (i dont remember the exact cap off).
Now for the BIGGEST misconception in your post "employers generally do not hire ITT grads because the degrees are so substandard". WOW, do you have it WRONG!! I was accepted into the first class that graduated in June 2012 from the Merrillville ITT Nursing program, I had to take a step back a couple of quarters due personal matters. All of my classmates that graduated from Jun 2012 and Sept 2012 have ALL been accepted to the area hospitals in many different specialties and one even was hired into one of the university hospitals in Chicago!! The Dec 2012 and March 2013 graduating classes are all still in the process of getting ready to take the boards. Those that have passed the boards so far have also all received or have been offered positions in hospitals/home health/and hospice. Another very good friend of mine has been accepted to train/send her back to school to get wound/ostomomy care accreditation!! ITT grads are NOT substandard and in fact I have heard many positive things from hospital administrations before they even know that I am an ITT nursing student.
Perhaps YOU should redo your research and stop bashing the ITT school or students that go there!!