If you're interested in pursuing this program, beware that you are going into a program that will leave you scratching your heads as to how unorganized it is. Course content in pathophysiology and nursing care for the adult client lacks a lot to be desired and instructors disappear into cyberspace for a week at a time or more without any correspondence, if they even bother to return emails at all. Certain instructors are just coasting off of material available for previous classes and literally doing nothing to earn their paychecks. The bottom line is that some of the online instructors put virtually zero effort into enhancing the learning and then wonder why test scores are so low. We consistently have to ask for homework assignments due that aren't even posted and exams posted on the website in no way translates to what material exactly is being covered.
If you want to
a lot, this is the program for you.
You definitely sound frustrated! I've also just finished my 3rd semseter. I have been very fortunate to endure the nursing journey with a friend in the accelerated nursing program at another school in Indianapolis. My brother is also in a traditional nursing program in Indianapolis, while my mother just completed her LPN to RN at another school. Having heard their different nursing school experiences, I agree completely with COPA in saying that ALL nursing programs can be challenging.
The Marian University for St Vincent program has improved as we've progressed. The program is just an online and accelerated version of the traditional Marian Nursing program. In fact most of the instructors of the didactic portion of the program have been teaching at the school for a long time in the traditional program. Having spoken to other students who have started after me I can attest to the fact that it has improved and the classes are growing.
Another issue that I have personally had, is that nursing school is nothing like anything I had ever done before. It is not like any other education I have had before. It does take some adjustment. The test questions are challenging but I have found that they teach you a new way of thinking. I have noticed a significant improvement in my scores on NCLEX type questions as the program has progressed. Which part are you currently in? What field did you come from, if you do not mind me asking?
I have had to work during the program. If I could do anything differently I would have worked less. Do you work? I certainly remember the days in Med-Surg 1 when I thought it could not get any worse. Looking back at it these were foundational courses. Once you're in Med-Surg 2 and thereafter it gets better.
I also knew one of the students who was in the first online Marian program. He also found nursing school to be challenging. He also passed his boards on the first attempt. Hang in there!
Last edit by studentnurseMUSON on May 12, '11