I just graduated from NWCC 2 weeks ago. I want to offer my opinion about the program for anyone seeking admission.
The instructors, for the most part, are pretty solid/caring individuals. They often go out of their way for the students with one caveat- you must be a part of the "in crowd"- usually people with prior health care experience. Outside of that particular group you will face an uphill battle the entire program.
Politics play the biggest part in your overall experience there. Instructors at this school can AND will do whatever they want. It's completely at their discression as to whether or not you pass.
LET ME REITERATE. IF YOU HAVE AN "A" IN THEORY AND AN "A" IN CLINICAL WITH NO CRITICAL ERRORS/ANY ERRORS THEY CAN STILL FAIL YOU.......AND IT HAPPENS. THIS ISN'T HYPOTHETICAL.
that being said, if you're still bent on attending this program LAY LOW. Stay under the radar and do your best to not rub any instructor the wrong way. Kiss up to them and above all else, DO NOT EXPRESS WISHES TO DO ANY ADVANCED PRACTICE NURSING. Believe it or not, they think it makes you look arrogant and not caring(even though I completely disagree)
I'd be glad to answers questions if you have any about the program.
Dec 30, '13
I would like to add this:
Throughout the entire program the instructors a the various levels told us NWCC grads have a reputation of being the best around including baptist/Memphis/UTHSC/southwest. I thought they were blowing smoke the entire time until I started interviewing for ICU positions and every single manager told me the loved nwcc grads the most....
Jan 9, '14
Did you get your LPN or RN? I am thinking about applying but have so many issues and questions.
Jan 10, '14
RN did LPN at desoto campus
Jan 12, '14
Unfortunately, I seem to think that the critical fail outside of academically passing is everywhere.
I understand the purpose, but it is indeed ridiculous.
I started nursing way before I was ready to study, and had trouble... but I figured it out.
I agree with your statement about the stating that you want to focus on nursing. Just think of it this way instead of thinking that THEY think you're being arrogant, they are nurses, and probably not NP's or CRNA's, I guess you would be jumping above them (perhaps not in level of degree, but in income), and you haven't even finished the first hoop.
I understand what your saying. Just remember you can always get there one way or another!
Mar 5, '14
Hey former classmate,
I agree with having to be in the "in crowd" not only with the teachers but from the other classmates as well. And the teachers can and will do whatever they want. I am just glad it's over.
I can't talk too negatively about it though. I did pass my nclex first try and like you said the hospitals around here do think highly of NWCC grads.
I was trying to figure out how many clinical hours we spent each semester. I was thinking about changing my resume to reflect my clinical experience. I ran across your post so I just wanted to say hi