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The BON will decide at the upcoming meeting (April 21-22) whether to downgrade the HCC LVN program approval status from Full Approval to Full Approval with Warning. The program could continue under that downgrade, but would need to bring NCLEX pass rates up ASAP. If the program were to drop to Conditional Approval status, it would not be allowed to start a new cohort class. Hopefully things will not get to that point.
Impossible to tell, given the "school" website's reluctance to mention the program curriculum in its abundant haste to tell you about "Special Pricing For This Week Only!!" (Which, of course, will be their Special Low Low Price (!!) this week and until the end of times. . .)
Apparently it's a well-known diploma-mill:
Skeptical Scalpel: School or Scam? St. Augustine School of Medical Assistants
An administrative medical assistant program could be taken on-line, as there is no clinical skills or lab component. But to become a board certified medical assistant here in the US of A, you'll need a program with real-life clinical and lab components as well as an externship. Don't sell yourself short by falling for this "cheap and easy" crock.
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Yep. The BON intends to change the approval status to "Conditional," which means no new students allowed.
(If this link doesn't work, everything is on the Texas BON website under "Meetings")
Lupe1984 -- If you come across any other ADN program in the Houston area with a night program (and isn't some for-profit start-up mall school), would you be willing to post it here? Thanks!!
The BON public website meeting agenda outline for the upcoming BON quarterly meeting next week shows that the HCC-ADN program approval status will be dropped to "Conditional" (no new students allowed), but it doesn't show that the HCC-LVN program lost accreditation. Is there a rumor going around that the LVN program is shutting down or something?
The Texas BON meeting agenda (available to the public on the BON website) indicates that the HCC-ADN program approval status will be dropped to Conditional as of end of January 2016. "Conditional" approval means the program cannot admit new students for the Fall 2016 semester.
Ah-- forgot to add: it took me three weeks, start to finish. But if you've never taken it before, you'll probably spend much more time with it than that.
I did A&P I with them last semester. There were a few mistakes on the quizzes and some of the definitions were off, but I was taking it as a refresher and recognized the mistakes. Probably the most important thing to do is READ THE TEXTBOOK and not rely simply on the ridiculous on-line "lessons." There was very little correlation between the on-line "lesson" materials and the actual quiz/exam materials, especially after the first few lessons. I found numerous outlines/practice tests on Quizlet that followed the on-line quizzes verbatim. It's very doable, but you are essentially teaching yourself the material.
Just a thought -- your forum name is "WantToBeMidwife." Correct me if I'm wrong (truly!), but I believe midwifery is an advanced practice RN role. The LVN route would be a step in that direction, MA would not.
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Congrats!! And good luck with the job hunt!
I can say only that the Texas BON's website shows that the HCC ADN program is being downrated from "Full Approval" to "Full Approval With Warning" due to low NCLEX pass rates. This change appears in the Board Meeting Agenda for the January 22-23, 2015 meeting. I have heard complaints from friends of mine who attended the program that it's disorganized and too crowded.
To be fair, the Kingwood and North Harris ADN programs are also being downrated for the same reason. Some people are of the opinion that the low pass rates are due to testing changes from two years ago, but others point out that the majority of programs managed to weather the changes.
Love the "Mindset Stuff" -- so true, and so often overlooked.
Your best source for information would be the website for The American Association of Medical Assistants. It covers all of the questions you had, plus more. Best of luck on your test.
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