Thanks for the information, student111. I am an OCDish kind of person and I like to do my research before committing myself to a ten-month training program. I took medical terminology and STNA classes last month, hopefully will get into the July 25th class. I talked to the program director several times and asked similar questions.
From my understanding, the reason we do not keep medical terminology textbook is because it is very expensive. I looked on Amazon
and it's $80. Personally I would not spend $80 for a five-day class, so I'm actually glad they let us borrow the book instead purchasing one.
Regarding uniforms, mine were covered by financial aid, so it's essentially free. My classmate said the uniforms and shoes are optional costs, so they were not required to buy them from school.
I spoke with a couple students and they said the clinical experience was much better than Fortis or Miami-Jacobs. I guess it's a different experience for everyone, some absolutely loved the school, while others are more ambivalent. The same could be said about nursing in general, after hearing so many horror stories, I wonder if this is the correct career path for me.
What attracted me the most about this school is that the admins are approachable and really care about your academic experience. If I am unhappy about something, there's always a person in charge I can go talk to, immediately.
I enjoyed my STNA class and passed my state test on first try. Obviously I cannot extrapolate my experience, but from what I've seen, the class is decently organized. The expectations and responsibilities were explained to me clearly and concisely.
But yeah, thanks for letting me know. I will see for myself and will definitely post more after I start class in July.