Quote from LauJen
How do you like the program so far?
Like many nursing programs, ours is tough. There is a lot to learn, especially in the first quarter, which can make it stressful. Of course, they need to get you prepared for your first clinicals. I felt well-prepared for going to clinicals, though, so all that hard work was worth it. We're now into our second quarter and will be starting our Med/Surg clinicals the week after next. In our rotation, winter and spring quarters are a little lighter, whereas summer will be overloaded. It is just how it played out with clinical rotation availability and such. I can tell you that we have excellent instructors, in my opinion, and most are willing to do what they need to help you. There is a ton of homework, reading, practicing skills, testing, etc., but that is not unlike many schools, I'm sure.
I think I remember reading a post of yours (was it you?) about gaining entry to the program. I don't know about other Baker campuses or programs, but ours (at Auburn Hills) really did require a 4.0 or almost 4.0. Some had an odd 'B' in their grades or a retake or drop, but that then required them to get a very good Hesi score. I know it is discouraging if you don't have it, but as I told people who were applying with me - if you don't have a 4.0, study like hell for the Hesi, which is worth a maximum of 11 pts, almost half of the available point count. As of fall quarter, there were 400 people registered as wanting to apply for the PN program at Auburn Hills in June, so the competition does get tougher, but I think they're working on starting a second LPN program (not sure when, though), so that would ease it a bit. Our campus also offers the LPN-RN ladder now, though an LPN must have a year's experience to apply. However, graduates of the LPN program there will be given preference (if equally matched with another from another school) in getting into the LPN-RN program. Basically, one must still compete, but would have the edge over an equally qualified candidate from another school.
Anyhow, if you have specific questions, feel free to ask. I don't get the chance to come on too often, but I'll reply when I'm notified that there is a post. Good luck to you!