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Can you tell me why "you'd never go to a Sprott-Shaw" type college? I don't know what the pros/cons are in choosing programs. What makes Okanagan College a better alternative?
I would never go there for a variety of reasons:
My program cost me $6,100 including books, fees, etc. Sprott Shaw is $21,000!!!!
2. Reputation: I've have not heard great things about Sprott Shaw from anyone who has gone there. They are for-profit business and run it as such. They have a high turnover of instructors. My college has been teaching the LPN program for 45 years and has an awesome reputation in my city for turning out quality LPN's. All the RN instructors have been teaching there for a minimum of 5-8 years, or longer.
3. Education: A girl in my class has a friend who is currently attending Sprott Shaw for LPN. She said their nursing lab has 6 beds for 24 students! Our nursing lab has at least 20 beds for 26 students (we always work in pairs) and great supplies, manequins etc.
4. Personal experience: I went to a private college many years ago for a medical office admin course. It wasn't Sprott Shaw, but it definately taught me that private colleges are not the way to go!
However, in saying all that, I can't completely bash Sprott Shaw as they do claim that 3 of their campuses including Kelowna, Victoria and Kamloops have had a 100% pass rate on the national LPN exam in the past few years. And of course I know that the LPNs who come from Sprott Shaw are usually fabulous. Quaility nurses because they are quality people, but they likely did not receive quality education (especially for what they paid!!)
But, it still wasn't for me.