Western Career College?? - page 3

I am an LVN, and I just started taking classes at my local community college to apply to their RN program. Then I got a postcard from Western Career college. Thay have an acceleratede LVN to RN... Read More

  1. by   laizure
    Beware, it has been confirmed that the LVN to BSN course offered by Indiania State University and Sonoma State University is still pending with the California Board of Registered Nurses. The board is to vote on approval/denial of the program on Feb 16th, 2007.

    Has anyone heard any other official information from the BRN about this program. It would be a real shame if the College network is taking advantage of this.

    Also, there is no official listings on either Indiana State or Sonoma state websites that I can find. It makes me wonder if this is really a fishy marketing campaign from the college network.

    Someone correct me with some more information and the I can verify!
  2. by   BigB
    Quote from MAKSMOM
    Hello Big B...yes They Set U Up W/pre-req Classes, No You Picking Your Classes, They Have It All Set Up, They Have Given Me Credit For 5 Of My Lvn Classes From Florida. Since You Live In Sac, Call And Ask To Speak W/tashika Floyd, I Just Cant Say Enough. This Process Of Trying To Finish Has Been So Hard, The State Makes It Hard For Lvns To Finish, And The Schools Around Me In Napa Have No Room And Wont Even Look At An Application Until You Finish All Pre-reqs, And Then There Is No Room In The Classes To Take Any!!! The Hours For Wcc Are 4:30-7:30. Mon Thru Thurs. I Hope You Look Further Into It, Good Luck! Mabey We Will Be Classmates!!!
    Sounds good. I am cheering for you...if I don;t get in this year due to other obligations, I want to start next year.

    What pre-requsites do you still need to take? I have english, public speaking, human develop., psych , but need to take the hard ones (micro , A and P, and chemistry)..for the colleges here.

    Which 9 pre-reqs does WCC require?
    Last edit by BigB on Feb 14, '07
  3. by   BigB
    bump..
  4. by   laizure
    Good news!

    I have received notice from an official source inside ISU that the program in CA has been approved from the Board of RN last Friday.

    The official source wrote:

    "The California State Board of Nursing approved the clinical arrangement with Sonoma State last Friday.


  5. by   BigB
    Quote from sabrosura98
    HEre what I know about West coat Univeristy............. its 65000 as of jan2007. They take pre reqs from other colleges if they have not been repeated with a D,F, or W and are less than 5 years old.

    5 years for all classes or just the science ones?
  6. by   BigB
    any update?
  7. by   NICUrn2B
    Hi MaksMom and everyone!

    So.. does anyone know how long it would take to do the LVN to ADN program with WCC? ...

    Thanks!
  8. by   NurseCubanitaRN2b
    I just spoke with an admissions advisor for Western Career College in San Jose and the tuition is GOING TO BE $41k for a year....I spoke to someone else from St. Francis Career College in San Jose who said it would be about $10K cheaper than Western Career College......I'd rather just wait an extra semester and go the junior college route.....that is just WAYYYYYYYYYY too much money for me.....if it were an RN program then I'd have no problem paying that.....but when I go back for my RN license it's going to cost more money and then add that to $41K.....I'm a single mother who can't afford it....
  9. by   BigB
    Quote from CNAIsANurse2b
    I just spoke with an admissions advisor for Western Career College in San Jose and the tuition is GOING TO BE $41k for a year....I spoke to someone else from St. Francis Career College in San Jose who said it would be about $10K cheaper than Western Career College......I'd rather just wait an extra semester and go the junior college route.....that is just WAYYYYYYYYYY too much money for me.....if it were an RN program then I'd have no problem paying that.....but when I go back for my RN license it's going to cost more money and then add that to $41K.....I'm a single mother who can't afford it....

    That is a ton of money. Especially when the jr college only charge about $2,000 for the RN program.
  10. by   sassiebaz
    Quote from BigB
    That is a ton of money. Especially when the jr college only charge about $2,000 for the RN program.

    I am familiar with "Western" because I am from the North Bay Area. I now live in Phoenix. I just got into a 1 year LPN/LVN prgram that will only cost $7500 and the only pre-req's are Med Term. and Healthcare in the workplace(part of the HCC classes). I also know 3 technical schools that will offer an RN program priced in the high $30K. Still beats the tuition in cali, and the cost of living is cheaper here. One might consider coming here to go to school and then move back???
  11. by   critter1972
    i'm curious...why would you spen $41,000 for an associates degree from a local program when you can do the Indiana State LVN-BSN program for around $20,000?

    The $20,000 total is the fee IF you need all the general ed courses.

    I just don't see the sense in spending that much for an associates when you will spend half that for a BSN degree through ISU's newly approved program.

    just my opinion.
  12. by   BigB
    Quote from critter1972
    i'm curious...why would you spen $41,000 for an associates degree from a local program when you can do the Indiana State LVN-BSN program for around $20,000?

    The $20,000 total is the fee IF you need all the general ed courses.

    I just don't see the sense in spending that much for an associates when you will spend half that for a BSN degree through ISU's newly approved program.

    just my opinion.
    Maybe the hassle of of setting up your clinical experience through ISU turns people away. (How exactly do u do it?)

    Western is a part time program that includes clinicals in the area. Flexible scedule..weekends, evening classes etc.

    Western is a school known to "pass everyone" (statement from former students, I can't confirm or deny it). While jr colleges will drop you in a second, Western is not so eager to as it is a for profit school...the longer you are in, the more they profit.

    Western can get you in FAST..and you will be done within a year or so.
    An associate degree in nursing is a lot easier to obtain... not all of us can pass the advanced chemisty and math needed to get the BSN, especially when some have been out of school so long.

    Western is too expensive for me, but it is an option that is out there for LVN's.

    ISU seems very difficult in comparison.
  13. by   critter1972
    I'm in the program and so are about 7 of my co-workers....the clinicals through Indiana State University are done at a facility of your choice. You can do it at your own work place ...you just can't get paid for it. You shadow a preceptor for 'x' amount of time a week...the 'hours' are set between you and your preceptor.

    once you choose the clinical facility, you let the Clinical Coordinator through ISU know where you want to do the your clinical hours. The Coordinator will contact that facility and get everything set up. that's it....

    In phase 1 of the program, you test out of your gen ed courses, phase 2...same thing except you take the exam, online, through ISU. Phase 1 and 2 are self paced...you study at your convenience and you take the exam when you're ready.

    The gen ed courses in phase 1 aren't that bad. Have you checked out what the requirements are? Chemistry 100 is the only chemistry required and Algebra and Statistics are required. that's it for the chem and math requirement. All of us needed about 7 gen ed courses cuz we had most of the others done already. those include intro to religion, ethics, pathophysiology, literature, technical writing, stats, a history class..i can't remember the other ones right now. I have a study guide, one for each course, and all the info that i need to know is in there. It's not a guessing game...we know what to study.

    then, in Phase 3, you do all of your nursing courses online through ISU too. there are no set times that you have to be online, so it's very convenient.

    when comparing and associates to a bachelors degree...there are going to be a lot of differences....it's a bachelors degree. however, for anyone who is wanting to further their education, the best way to learn about the program is to check it out, ask questions.....i was leary at first, but i did my research and found out that it's not that difficult to understand or do.

    i'm glad that there is an option for LVN's if they are looking for an ASN degree....it's too bad that Excelsior was stopped 3 years ago!! however, i was also extremely excited to know that there is now this option available.

    Good luck to everyone with what ever you do.

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