I am finishing the GM program at regis, this is the program that takes non nurses to their RN, BSN and MSN. The program itself is very good. I got great experiences through the BSN portion. I felt very well prepared for the NCLEX. I beleive all but one person passed the NCLEX on the first try. The retention rates are difficult to say. The program is demanding and they require you to keep an 80 average. Over the first 2 years we lost quite a few people, for many different reasons.
I can honestly asy that I was satisfied with everything up through the BSN. I am currently in the MSN portion and have never been so stressed in my life! Unlike most schools, Regis does not agree to find you preceptors. They say that they will give you one placement a semester, but I hav yet to be placed in any from them. As an FNP student I am required to do a total of 600 hours of clinical. 150 in adult, 150 in geri, 150 in pedi, and 150 in women's health. I have been lucky enough to find preceptors in adult and geri and got a few hours here and there with pedi. However, it is now February and I need over 200 hours of pedi and women's health and the school coordinator has been completely unhelpful. She is very defensive and very unhelful. The heads of the program are nice, but just keep telling all of us to wait and everything will work out.
I have been in this program for 3 years and all I want at this point is to graduate on time. Unfortunately though, I have been told that the placements are hard to come by, so they have extended our clinical semester through June. I find this completely unacceptible! I want to walk at graduation, receive my diploma and take my boards on time!
Quite a few people left after the BSN portion, and at this point I wish I did the same. There are quite a few programs in Boston. Regis is great through the BSN, but they really dont have their s%*t together in the MSN,NP program at all.
Hope this all helps you make a decision!