Quote from brittlynn
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.