Opinions on Kaplan...

  1. 0 Hello, i just recently registered at Kaplan university for the LPN program starting in August. Not my first choice institution, but i am really sick of school and cannot be put on a never-ending wait list at Bryan or SCC. I eventually want to continue on to get a BSN, having almost all my pre-req's completed. Was this a stupid move? I am now hearing a number of bad things about Kaplan that is making me second guess myself. I know they are accredited but has anyone ever heard of any problems in transfering classes to other schools? On top of all of that they are REALLY expensive too? 22k for an LPN degree? I feel like they are using the fact that they have no wait list as an excuse to jack up the price because of the convenience.
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  3. Visit  loveanesthesia profile page
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    Maybe this is late, but that is way too much for tuition, although I really don't know anything about the program. I do know that the waiting lists at the RN program are usually not as long as they seem. You usually will move up quicker than what they tell you is the start date. I think you will regret spending 22K on the LPN, unless you have a rich uncle and money is no object. It will take you a long time to repay that on a LPN salary, and could actually slow you down to getting your RN and BSN. If you are sure you want the RN, go for that.
  4. Visit  natrgrrl profile page
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    By pre-reqs, do you mean Anatomy, Physiology, Algebra, Chemestry, Ethics, etc.? If you already have your pre-reqs done from somewhere other than Kaplan, you should be ok to go on to get your BSN. I know UNMC has an LPN to BSN program but there are quite a few classes you need to take before you apply.
    I don't know how far you are willing to drive but if you have very good grades, you might consider Metropolitan Community College. You shouldn't have any problem getting in if you have a 4.0 in the nursing pre-req classes: Composition I, Intermediate Algebra, College Chemistry, and Human Growth and Development. The deadline for the evening and weekend program is December 1.
    Also, 22K is EXTREME, but if you can pay for it and you think it is the best thing for you then jump in and do it. Good luck!
  5. Visit  CNAinNeb profile page
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    Kaplan lacks NLN accreditation, but it does have state accreditation (thus nothing transfers), and has a horrible pass rate. It would wind up costing you much more for your education if you get your LPN at Kaplan. If you have all you pre-reqs completed, my guess is that you are close to having enough credits for a AS in something. If you have already been rejected from UNMC, I would get an AS from a CC, then apply to Nebraska Methodist College for the ACE program, which costs 28k. Another option is the Clarkson two-year progam. Its still pricey, but a much better way to achieve your long-term goals.

    Whoa, shoot! I just realized you must be in Lincoln! But seriously, just come to the Big O to become a Nurse if you don't have family obligations.
    Last edit by CNAinNeb on Aug 18, '08
  6. Visit  Karla.S profile page
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    Yeah, I know this was about last year that this was posted but I haven't heard much good news about Kaplan either. WAY overpriced and their credits don't transfer to hardly anywhere. My sister-in-law was going there and spent around $9k for about three semesters or something? I don't know exact numbers you know, but it was rediculous. She quit going there because of the fact that her credit won't transfer. So what did you end up doing then?
  7. Visit  jstylist profile page
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    hi-
    i go to kaplan in Ca and it is a rip off, but worth it so you can start working as an LVN while going for your BSN. its 30k here in CA. so far the only problem i have had with the school is the disorganisation with our schedule and communication between teachers and staff, bu that could just be my school. As far as classes transfereing, most of them will not because its an accelerated program, for instance anatomay and physiology are combined and for pre reqs you have to take each class ssperate, but i did hear that you can always "challenge" the course at another college if they wont give you credit off the bat. hopefully i was some help to you
  8. Visit  Emilynn09 profile page
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    Quote from jstylist
    hi-
    i go to kaplan in Ca and it is a rip off, but worth it so you can start working as an LVN while going for your BSN. its 30k here in CA. so far the only problem i have had with the school is the disorganisation with our schedule and communication between teachers and staff, bu that could just be my school. As far as classes transfereing, most of them will not because its an accelerated program, for instance anatomay and physiology are combined and for pre reqs you have to take each class ssperate, but i did hear that you can always "challenge" the course at another college if they wont give you credit off the bat. hopefully i was some help to you
    I've had a totally different experience with the Kaplan program for ADN in San Diego, CA. I've enjoyed it so far, and there is really no confusion with scheduling. Semesters are 16 weeks long, we get our schedule about 2 weeks prior and that is how it stays for the entire semester. My professors are awesome, knowledgeable in the field. I feel like I made a good decision to go here. It's pricey, yes... but, I will be an RN before many people even start other programs from being on 3 year wait lists, so when you think about it, I'll be earning money faster instead of loosing out on that salary I could be making while sitting around on a wait list. This is my take on the matter anyway.
  9. Visit  tabbe profile page
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    I attend Kaplan's LPN program. I listened to the 'bad' rep stuff but in the long run, I figure everybody takes the same test reguardless of where they went to school. It's about how YOU apply yourself more than what the school's reputation is like. Be the good apple in the bunch and you will succeed.
    It is pricey but if you have the grants, you do have a spot in the class, you are not getting passed over because you don't have the 'characteristics needed' for the more exspensive private schools.
    The Kaplan in Omaha is very close to getting a RN program soon. I heard it had something to do with getting the classes timetable compatable to the des moines RN program.
  10. Visit  studentnurse1211 profile page
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    im currently a student with Kaplan.. i will say the information you learn is fast paced, and i do feel like i have learned A LOT in a short amount of time, but i do not feel like areas we should have focused on longer were covered adequately, in my personal opinion.
    i am not sure if i would choose Kaplan again as my school, but having no gen ed college courses it seemed faster to me. im not sure the money spent is worth the education. im keeping my fingers crossed i grad in oct 10' im hearing from friends that already graduated the same program im in that you dont really get all the things you paid for. so im a bit irritated and hoping for the best outcome for myself and fellow students. i do know that the lvn course is legit i had two friends graduate from it later last year and both have great jobs and one even is working out of state.
    currently im having a extremely hard time with my current teacher who i believe takes his position way too dominantly over others, yesterday i was locked out of class with two fellow students for using the restroom!
    needless to say my teacher and i exchanged words, but seriously we are all adults and he said "take 5 minutes" so myself and two others ran for the bathroom and were back in less than 3, only to confront a locked door and he refused to let us in. saying he said it was for people finishing test(which he did not, obviously none of the other students nor the three of us locked out heard him say that). im going to talk to another head teacher today and see what can be done..... i dont know about you but being a nursing student, we are taught if we withhold someones bathroom privileges thats a form of abuse, and then to be punished on top of that! not to mention we are all adults, not to mention possibilities of a UTI.... i mean who punishes students for using the restroom and says we were rude to him. HE WASNT EVEN TALKING TO THE CLASS!!! it wasnt lecture or mod review time or anything!!!..... ugh any opinions on THAT!
  11. Visit  brittlynn profile page
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    Hi Emilynn09,

    I was interested in the San Diego Program....can you tell me more info, including your experience? Thanks...
  12. Visit  Emilynn09 profile page
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    Quote from brittlynn
    Hi Emilynn09,

    I was interested in the San Diego Program....can you tell me more info, including your experience? Thanks...
    I enjoy it. I think the program has undergone a lot of changes since they moved from the 10 week to 16 week semesters. It's now 24 months long as opposed to the previous 15 months. I started as the 2nd class to be on the 16 week semester system, so I can't give a personal comparison, but I can tell you about my experience with the 16 week semesters.

    All the instructor's are Masters prepared RNs, very knowledgeable and seem to really care about your progress in learning. Every instructor that I have encountered has been very approachable and willing to help you learn. There's tutoring available for those who need it, extra lab hours if you need them.

    I like the program a lot, and feel that I am getting a very well rounded education to be honest with you. During the first semester, we start doing Kaplan test prep, and it's practicing skills to help get you ready for the NCLEX. I find this especially helpful because I am learning how to hone my test taking skills and always being challenged on my knowledge that I've learned in the past, so I don't readily forget it. Class material is challenging, there is a lot of reading, lots of care plans, lots of things you need to learn. It is doable, but it will take up most of you life, just like any other nursing program. They don't grade on a curve, you really have to earn your grade, and I like that. They also offer test remediation, so you can go sit down with someone after you take a test and they will go over WHY you missed certain questions. That doesn't necessarily improve your grade on the test, but it helps you in the future to understand why you got it wrong and corrects your thinking.

    I really like Kaplan, I think it is a great school. The only downside about it is the cost, but cost aside I'm VERY satisfied and I would recommend the school to anyone. It may not be the option for everyone, but it's worth checking out and giving serious consideration to.
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  13. Visit  ms.a profile page
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    Quote from Emilynn09
    I enjoy it. I think the program has undergone a lot of changes since they moved from the 10 week to 16 week semesters. It's now 24 months long as opposed to the previous 15 months. I started as the 2nd class to be on the 16 week semester system, so I can't give a personal comparison, but I can tell you about my experience with the 16 week semesters.

    All the instructor's are Masters prepared RNs, very knowledgeable and seem to really care about your progress in learning. Every instructor that I have encountered has been very approachable and willing to help you learn. There's tutoring available for those who need it, extra lab hours if you need them.

    I like the program a lot, and feel that I am getting a very well rounded education to be honest with you. During the first semester, we start doing Kaplan test prep, and it's practicing skills to help get you ready for the NCLEX. I find this especially helpful because I am learning how to hone my test taking skills and always being challenged on my knowledge that I've learned in the past, so I don't readily forget it. Class material is challenging, there is a lot of reading, lots of care plans, lots of things you need to learn. It is doable, but it will take up most of you life, just like any other nursing program. They don't grade on a curve, you really have to earn your grade, and I like that. They also offer test remediation, so you can go sit down with someone after you take a test and they will go over WHY you missed certain questions. That doesn't necessarily improve your grade on the test, but it helps you in the future to understand why you got it wrong and corrects your thinking.

    I really like Kaplan, I think it is a great school. The only downside about it is the cost, but cost aside I'm VERY satisfied and I would recommend the school to anyone. It may not be the option for everyone, but it's worth checking out and giving serious consideration to.
    Did you have trouble finding a job?? From what I hear and this is all hearsay, is that hospitals do not favor Kaplan students. Please comment.
    lindarn likes this.
  14. Visit  rawrrr profile page
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    I know this is late but it will help other students looking for info on kaplan. I was in the CNA program at kaplan and they are VERY serious about helping you find a job. You have a interview with a career services advisor and tell them about where you want to work (location/environment, etc) and they are very dedicated to making sure you get employment and are satisfied with your employment. I graduated about a year ago and I still get emails and phone calls making sure I'm happy with my employment, and they send me job listings for places with higher pay, better benefits, etc.I'm going to attend the LVN program in march. I was very satisfied with my experience at kaplan, and that's why I'm returning. I know everyones experience is different. Hope this helps anyone looking for info!


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