Has anyone heard of Galen health institute??? - page 2

:monkeydance: i think i may have found the answer to my dilema....has anyone heard of galen health institute in tampa florida?? they have a lpn to rn program...one year...includes all the prereqs i... Read More

  1. by   Sensoria17
    Quote from seanc100
    anyone have any more information about this school? Im mainly concerned about the school not being accredited and how that will affect me in the long run. If I decide to be a nurse practitioner or anesthetist will it slow me down?
    I know the Kentucky campus is accredited. They actually have a pretty good NCLEX pass rate - 89%. The only thing I would be concerned about are the science classes transferring if you plan to get your BSN. Its likely that universities won't accept them.
  2. by   labellepooh78
    I was also interested on going to Gallen. i took the test , i passed and i had everything for my file to be certified. i heard that Gallen is not accredidate, that was my number one issue. its a wonderful school, people love it although its quite expensive.
    you are allow to sit for your boards but if you have plan on getting your bsn, their credites DO NOT transfer to any universities. so ask around and consider other options. cuz right now im considering excelsior.
  3. by   flower2007
    From what i have seen, their LPN program is accredited, their RN is not fully accredited, from what i heard is that SPC and Uiversity of Tampa will accept their credits.
  4. by   eLuSive0ne
    galen has recieved their accreditation from what i've heard, yes they were on provisional status. they're nclex pass rate for the lpn's and rn's are in the 90's. just like any college/institute they have their standards for entrance to either program, one, you have to meet their minimum requirements, and they have certain criterias/requirements for their program requirements. two, with them being a for profit institution, it would behoove them to see that their student's pass. three, the faculty and admininstration office is easily accessible. yes the financial aspect is kind of steep, but your looking at taking all your prerequisites and your adn in one year. which if you think about it, it ends up averaging out towards the end. at least for me, time is always essential.

    yes, certain colleges won't accept some classes from galen, but alot of the regional colleges around galen do accept them. with the good knowledge base that you recieve at galen, you can always clep the classes, most colleges do accept clep courses.

    from this thread that i've read it was kind of funny to hear one nurse talk about passing meds without doing an assessment. yes lpn's are not allowed to assess, but they data collect. they do a chart review and interview the previous day prior to getting on the floor and working with their client. the spn's get on that floor and try, i do stress try to get shift report from the attending nurses.

    before passing any medications, we were constantly monitored with our instructor or another liscensed professional. we as students do not have access to the medications unless there was an instructor with us pulling the medications with us, or the nurse physically pulls them out themselves. we were not allowed to pass any medications, unless we knew the 5-6 rights of giving the medication, what they were for, why were were giving them to that specific client, and what vs, s/s, lab values were contraindicated to giving the medication, and in the end we not allowed to pass the medication unless we were given the go ahead with our instructor.
  5. by   jadey1
    I went to The Health Institute of Tampa Bay which is Galen 12 years ago. It is a VERY thorough program. The instructors there are knowledgable, hands-on, and you're well prepared for "the real world," after graduating. I still share e-mails on where I am in my career with Nancy Kirk, who is BY FAR the best nurse EVER! She's a published author on Pharmacology. I didn't graduate from The Health Institute due to family problems but when I went back to school, I was very prepared and retained the information that I learned there. A lot of the things that I do now, in the field, I remember from my time @ Galen. In the nursing home I'm working in, now, I teach a lot of tricks that I learned there. It is more expensive than nearby technical schools for Practical Nursing, for sure, but there're pros and cons to going to Galen. The price is definitely a con but the skills you'll learn there are pros. I went to PTEC, St. Petersburg and graduated at the top of my class (probably due to my knowledge obtained at Galen). There were many 2 a.m. nights working on careplans on patients in the hospital that we were assigned the day to clinicals. We weren't allowed to TOUCH the patient the next day without knowing their diagnosis(es), every medication they were on, the action of every medication, every treatment and why the patients were receiving those treatments.

    The cost of the technical school over Galen is FAR cheaper. I think my schooling cost under 3 thousand dollars and PELL Grants paid for my total tuition PLUS all of my books and supplies. The downfall to the technical college is that your instructors are more "advisors" than instructors. You work at your own pace, your coursework are modules, and the clinicals are just that; clinicals. Whereas, at Galen, your instructors pretty much hold your hand all the way through clinicals because they take your learning a bit more seriously. I work skilled care nursing at a nursing home, now..trachs, g-tubes, IV's, PICC lines, etc. I doubt I'd be able to work in critical care had I not gone to Galen, first. So all in all....Galen's a great school.

    As far as accredidation goes, I know that the LPN program is accredited at Galen but, as with most colleges that have "bridge to RN" courses, there're always snags on accredidation. I checked into a community college that has an RN transitional program and some of their classes don't transfer but they have agreements with other schools of higher learning that will accept credits. Gateway Community College in Northern Kentucky, for example, has an RN transitional program but not all of their credits'll transfer to, let's say, University of Kentucky, but they WILL transfer to Northern Kentucky University. So the secret is to map out your goal in school career and make sure that your credits'll transfer to the school you want your final degree.
    Last edit by jadey1 on Nov 19, '07
  6. by   Candlemakinnursiemom
    I took my admissions test today and will know within a week if I am accepted. I really hope I am. I want to go to a school where I can focus just on nursing. Not all these drawn out classes that you don't even need.

    This was a very informative post. Thanks
  7. by   Alibaba
    Just how expensive is the lvn-rn program at Galen?
  8. by   kentuckymomma
    Quote from Alibaba
    Just how expensive is the lvn-rn program at Galen?
    1st year LPN is about 14,400k. second year lvn-rn bridge is about 18k+ (if I can add correctly, lol) 2nd year is per credit hour. 1st year is flat fee.
  9. by   nursejd11
    Quote from SixFtNurse2b
    so where do i look to see if Galen is accredited or not. I plan on taking the LPN to RN at their st pete campus this year. I go in Tuesday to take the entrance exam.
    I got accepted there and was unable to attend because of money, I reapplied and they sent me a letter saying I was never allowed to go there!! I thought that was pretty harsh. Anyway you can go collegesource.org and look for accreditation, or the florida board of nurisng website where you can even view the pass/ fail rates. When I applied there 7/07, they were also, "waiting a year for accreditation"--that is what they all say and they never get it. Be careful with that.
  10. by   zoffy1231
    Quote from nursejd11
    I got accepted there and was unable to attend because of money, I reapplied and they sent me a letter saying I was never allowed to go there!! I thought that was pretty harsh. Anyway you can go collegesource.org and look for accreditation, or the florida board of nurisng website where you can even view the pass/ fail rates. When I applied there 7/07, they were also, "waiting a year for accreditation"--that is what they all say and they never get it. Be careful with that.

    I will be attending the LPN program 02/16/09. The LPN program is Accredited to date. I have read many posts on here regarding Galen. My plan is to take my LPN with Galen and then do a bridge to RN at SPC so I can go further than ADN. I will let you know how I like it.....As for the above comment on them not being allowed. Well, there is a process you must go through when something coems up and you are unable to attend. They have NO TOLERANCE for people who get accepted and then turn them down! I was unable to attend when I was accepted into the 09/22/08 class and simply sent an e-mail to the admissions director for the board stating that I was unable to attend due to personal matters but would liek to be accepted into a later program....they then put your application on hold. Well I was accepted to the February class so I guess you just need to be more professional about it all!

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