St. Kate's worth the cost? - page 2

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I've been accepted into St. Kate's pre-nursing track and have this question: Is the St. Kate's associate in nursing program really worth the extra tuition money (>$600/credit), or would it be better to take 1+ years of prereqs at... Read More


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    This reply was provided by a recent grad an instructor in the program. Just their point of view, but something to think about.

    I am a recent graduate from the University of St. Catherine Associate Degree Nursing program. I would say what appealed to me was the option of evening and weekend classes. I am a full time working adult and needed a program that allowed me to work while attaining by degree. I also found the small class sizes and personal attention you receive to be a big contributing factor to my success. All the faculty want you to succeed and take personal ownership of your educational experience. Is the cost worth it? I would say definitely it was for me. The pass rate from what I have been told of my graduating class for NCLEX was 90.2%. The curriculum is rigorous but they really prepare you well for the NCLEX exam. Almost all of my classmates that were in my clinical group have been hired and begun their nursing career just a couple months after graduation! The St. Kates name does carry some weight and potential employers do take a second look at our resumes. Ultimately you must take into consideration what is best for you. I wish you much success in whatever choice you make!


    Lisa- recent ADN graduate
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    Sejones,

    I am in the middle of the ADN program day and I love it. Definitely worth the money. They have had problems in the past but the new director of the program has really been proactive and made a lot of corrections in the program. We have Kaplan all the way through helping with critical thinking skills and the material itself. I have another degree as well and was able to transfer most everything into the college. I did take my pre-q, except for micro, at St Kate's. I needed the 1-on-1 with instructors for A&P and was able to learn a lot and get down good study habits for the nursing courses themselves.

    Good luck!

    Katelyn
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    For the people that went to st. kates was their nursing school easy to get into? What was average gpa?
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    I went to St. Kates - Mpls campus, and graduated December 2012. I am not sure what the average GPA was in our class but I do think it is not as difficult to get into St. Kates vs some of the other Community Colleges. St. Kates entrance process (pre-nursing) acceptance is a different process than other schools. I hope that helps.
    Good Luck!
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    I'm currently in my last semester at St. Kates. I know this thread is older now, but thought I'd chime in

    It's expensive, but I needed nights and weekends. I have a mortgage, had a car payment and it's just me... I'm my own sugar mama so needed to keep my high(er) paying job.

    St. Kates had a low NCLEX pass rate because they had gone back and encouraged older students to take the NCLEX well past their graduation date (not sure why) and it plummeted. They introduced Kaplan into the program and since then the rate has soared to over 90% (not sure exactly where they're at right now).

    It's spendy, but for some of us it's our only option if we wanted to go to nursing school.

    They've recently completely revamped their nursing program so there won't be anyone able to attest to how good the program is because they just started it less than a year ago
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    I went to St. Kate's ADN and graduated in May 2012. Honestly, the money wasn't a huge factor to me because I just wanted to be done and get a job. I have hospital job that I love now, and I had no problem getting it when I graduated, partially because St. Kate's still has a good reputation in the field and I maintained really good grades.

    However, be warned, my clinical experiences in no way, shape, or form prepared me to be a nurse and the first few months of my new graduate program, I had a LOT of catching up to do to be in line with my other cohort members from other 2 and 4 year programs. When I say a lot, I mean A LOT of catching up to do. St. Kate's ADN program doesn't get good clinical rotations, so I failed to learn what I needed to know to actually be a nurse.

    A year and a a half later, I am loving by job and have made up all the deficit. I was, however, lucky to work for a hospital with an extensive new graduate program that helped limp me along when I graduated. I can't imagine the stress I would have had if I had been hired by some of the other hospitals with the eat your young mentality.

    No matter where you go, the goal is getting a license, the rest can come later. Good luck!
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