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does anyone have any experience with this college for their lpn programs?
all i know is:
it is expensive $295 per credit hour.
but there is no wait list and minimal pre-reqs.
i am thinking of the one in findlay ohio. i would have to communte a distance.
the program is 15 months, but i have completed basic courses elsewhere so it may be shorter for me.
you only take one class per month!
does anyone know if you receive a quality education for $300 per credit hour?
do they prepare you for work in a hospital and for passing the nclex?
what is there passing rate on the nclex exam or where can i find it?
i know that mackie costs a lot of money around $300.00 per credit hour just for tuition alone. much more than a lpn or adn/asn at a community college and even more than some bsn 4-year universities. but some of us need to receive a degree quickly and we are considering this company.
as suggested by a posted, before you decide to pay them a lot of money, i recommend you contact your state's board of nursing to see if the mackie program you want to take is accredited by the federal government and by the state you are in and if their program is approved by the state you are in (those are 2 different things). go to your state's licensing department and to your state's board of nursing.
then i would look at whether you can take your lpn and go to another school that has a completion program from lpn to rn (either associate or bachelor programs) and if they will let you do the completion program based solely on the fact that you have your lpn license and passed your state's nclex. if you do a lpn to rn completion program you may not have to transfer any credits depending on where you go for your completion degree.
you should also check to see what mackie's nclex passing rate is for your state and for the last two years to see how much separate work you will have to do beyond mackie's program to prepare yourself to pass the nclex. in addition to mackie's program you should consider taking the kaplan nclex preparation classes which will cost you separate money.
if you are interested in additional nursing accreditations for the school you attend - here is some info on the ccne and nln websites that you should go to:
you can easily obtain lists of all nursing programs
that are approved in every state. in addition, you can easily obtain lists of all nursing programs that are accredited by the nln and by the ccne.
the american association of colleges of nursing (aacn) has the following website - http://www.aacn.nche.edu/accreditation/
click on that link. you will see a number of tabs on the left including:
other affiliated programs
click on those tabs and download the materials. you will find all of the aacn ccne accreditations for all of the schools in the usa.
the aacn's ccne accreditation is important for this reason:
"officially recognized by the u.s. secretary of education as a national accreditation agency, the commission on collegiate nursing education (ccne) is an autonomous accrediting agency contributing to the improvement of the public's health. ccne ensures the quality and integrity of baccalaureate and graduate education programs preparing effective nurses."
"ccne serves the public interest by assessing and identifying programs that engage in effective educational practices. as a voluntary, self-regulatory process, ccne accreditation supports and encourages continuing self-assessment by nursing education programs and the continuing growth and improvement of collegiate professional education."
the website for the national league for nursing accrediting commission (nlnac) s http://www.nlnac.org/
click on that link. you will see on the left side the following:
nlnac accredited nursing programs
programs with candidate status
click on those links and download the materials. you will find much information.
the nln accreditation is important for this reason:
"the national league for nursing accrediting commission (nlnac) is nationally recognized by the u.s. department of education as the accrediting agency for postsecondary and higher degree nursing programs. nlnac provides specialized accreditation for all types of nursing education programs (clinical doctorate, master's, baccalaureate, associate, diploma, and practical)."
"nlnac supports the interests of nursing education, nursing practice, and the public by the functions of accreditation. accreditation is a voluntary, self-regulatory process by which non-governmental associations recognize educational institutions or programs that have been found to meet or exceed standards and criteria for educational quality. accreditation also assists in the further improvement of the institutions or programs as related to resources invested, processes followed, and results achieved."
in addition to all of this great information, the following are very important websites that every nursing student and nurse should have and use:
national association for practical nurse education and service, inc. (napnes) http://www.napnes.org/membership/chapters.html
national council of state boards of nursing, inc. (ncsbn) https://www.ncsbn.org/
member boards https://www.ncsbn.org/515.htm
for michigan https://www.ncsbn.org/515.htm#michigan
these numerous websites and the individual licensing websites for each individual state will provide anyone who is interested with a wealth of information on lpn and rn programs, schools, accreditation, and licensing.
additionally, if you are really interested in pursuing options, you must check with all of the community colleges and other colleges you wish to consider in your area that offer the program you want to determine the pre-requisites, waiting list, financial aid, admission requirements, transfer credit equivalencies, length of program, clinical sites, quality of the program's nclex preparation, etc.
because i have so many transfer credits i was told i will not be eligible for any federal student loans for a community college. but those of you who are eligible can benefit from some great programs!
if you want to make the most of your time and money - try to get into a ladder or a step program. that will let you get a lpn certificate, start working to earn funds, and move seamlessly into a rn associate degree program and finish with your rn!
have a great life! :wink2: