Western Career College?? - page 5

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   Sensoria17
    Another bonus, their program is 12 months long. They advertise it as being 11 months but there are prereq's that you take there that lasts 3 weeks. It's included in the program cost. I only know this because a coworker's friend goes there. I'm sure the Sacramento campus will have clinicals in the Sac area. If I don't get into NCP here in the Bay Area, I plan to attend the SF school.
  2. by   Sensoria17
    Sorry, one more thing. The guy from WCC said they target their program towards young people from disadvantaged areas. My coworker's friend said they have a lot a people in the program that already have 4 year degrees so you'd probably feel more comfortable there having classmates that are in the same spot you are.
  3. by   BigB
    Quote from msdobson
    Hey B,

    Hang tight, I'm researching all this now. If what they say is true, they are $20,000 chaeper than WCC. Works for me.

    So far what I know:

    LVN program is $29,995

    They pay for EVERYTHING, including nclex test costs, etc.

    They are AT LEAST on the CA-BON website as APPROVED, but not yet acredited for their SAC campus. Both the Fremont and San Jose(?) campuses are acredited.

    Mike
    good research.... I really hope they will have clinicals in the Sacramento area, that would be great and they would be on the top of my list for LVN - RN programs.
  4. by   Nitngale
    Don't forget that you can also apply for federal and state grants (meaning they don't have to be repaid) I know there is the Pell Grant in CA and another one.
    My experience with all those science courses they make people take, to include doctors is absurb. When my Mother was in the ICU years ago, I made it a little game to ask the various doctors and nurses what they recalled about the Krebs Cycle (Biology-respiration). Most didn't recall what it was at all and a few nurses new it had something to do with respiration. No one needed to know the actual sequence or chemical reactions. I think we should harken back to the days of the apprenticeships. If you want to be a doctor or nurse just shadow and be mentored by one for a pre-determined number of years. In the end, it's all OJT.
  5. by   BigB
    OJT is where its at. Unfortunatly I make too much $$ to qualify for the grants. Tried with those =(
  6. by   msdobson
    Quote from BigB
    good research.... I really hope they will have clinicals in the Sacramento area, that would be great and they would be on the top of my list for LVN - RN programs.
    The campus is located off Howe Avenue, so most likely they cut a deal with one or mre of the local hospitals (Kaisers, Mercy, etc.) to take their clinicals with them.

    It's a helluva long drive to Davis or SF.

    Mike
  7. by   msdobson
    Quote from Nitngale
    Don't forget that you can also apply for federal and state grants
    Unfortunately, grants pay only a fraction of the costs. But you are correct, a good Pell grant can take care of book, equipment and unifrom costs.

    Mike
  8. by   BigB
    Quote from msdobson
    The campus is located off Howe Avenue, so most likely they cut a deal with one or mre of the local hospitals (Kaisers, Mercy, etc.) to take their clinicals with them.

    It's a helluva long drive to Davis or SF.

    Mike

    Way too far to drive. I requested info from the school and will post what they send me, or more likely what they say after they call me.
  9. by   keike5579
    how long was the program and what is the cost of ISU?
  10. by   tropical bound
    hello
    I am an lvn in california. I recently went to an appointment with western career college. The pre reqs alone are 19,000 the program is an additional 20 to 30 thousand your total around 40 to 50 thousand. I was not impressed with them as they refused to really answer any questions over the phone. I asked if I completed all requirements with top grades would I be excepted into their program especially since i was paying such a high price I was told absolutely not.
  11. by   Sensoria17
    Quote from tropical bound
    hello
    I am an lvn in california. I recently went to an appointment with western career college. The pre reqs alone are 19,000 the program is an additional 20 to 30 thousand your total around 40 to 50 thousand. I was not impressed with them as they refused to really answer any questions over the phone. I asked if I completed all requirements with top grades would I be excepted into their program especially since i was paying such a high price I was told absolutely not.
    At their LVN info meeting, they said they give priority to students that did their LVN program through them. I got bad vibes from them as well.
  12. by   BigB
    Quote from tropical bound
    hello
    I am an lvn in california. I recently went to an appointment with western career college. The pre reqs alone are 19,000 the program is an additional 20 to 30 thousand your total around 40 to 50 thousand. I was not impressed with them as they refused to really answer any questions over the phone. I asked if I completed all requirements with top grades would I be excepted into their program especially since i was paying such a high price I was told absolutely not.
    Its all about the $$$ with them. I would go elsewhere. Plus, the universities around here will not accept transfer credit from WCC. Something to think about if you plan to get a BSN later. I had a really bad feeling about them when I called as well. They would not describe the classes I needed, would not take MY classes from previous college because the credit was **gasp** 7 years old (non-science classes mind you). WCC has a very bad reputation in this area. Look for a univerity or jr collge with a 30 unit option. the university general is easier to get into the bridge program.
  13. by   HeartJulz
    yes, I called and spoke w someone there. I came across it because I was doing research for schools in which VA pays. I found out VA could have paid for my LVN program!!!!!!!! AHHHHHHHHHH! over $21k if I went to WCC. Anyway enough of my crying! So they do have the bridge and you need all of your pre-reqs prior. Although the guy I spoke w didnt act like he knew much, as I didnt know it was a brand new program, and he hasnt called me back regarding if you can have some pre-reqs "in progress" while in the RN program or fully completed. But what I do know for certain is you dont have to have the full one year experience as a LVN before being admitted. One thing I was hoping to kinda skip past because I already have 5 yrs as a CMA & Phlebotomist... so figured once I find out about the pre reqs.. I only have 3 left... decide what to do. And I think the tuition is around 35-40k. Good luck to you all ... I seem like Im in this car race to get done ... I hate that feeling but going to school since I was 21... I cant wait to finally get this over and start enjoying being a nurse !!!

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