Nevada State College

  1. 0 Does anyone have experience with Nevada State College's regular track BSN Program? If so, do you have any advise/tips for a prospective student? How does it compare to UNLV's BSN Program? What is the job outlook for a graduate?
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    From 'Las Vegas, NV'; Joined Jun '09; Posts: 5.

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  3. Visit  Shar81 profile page
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    Did you notice that they are now offering a part time nursing program ? It just takes longer than the other two programs. Does anyone have experience with the accelerated program ? I will be applying for the accelerated BSN and wanted to ask if there is a high success rate in that program (do most of the students make it to the end ? ).
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    [quote=Shar81;3873610]Did you notice that they are now offering a part time nursing program ? Does anyone have experience with the accelerated program ?

    My friend graduated from NSC's accelerated program last year. She works in TX (from the last time I heard from her). Anyway, she recommends the program. She said it's an intense program but oh, so worth it. It's a good thing NSC finally has FULL accreditation! I'm pretty sure they'll be able to keep it that way. Also, it's about time they came up w/ the PART-TIME BSN program. I'm sure UNLV and CSN can stand a little competition, UNLV has been spoiled long enough! .... haha.
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    I am a 2008 graduate of the accelerated program, was placed right away in the hospital I did clinicals at, and I feel my education there provided me with an excellent foundation for success. I have heard, however, many instructors there during my time have left due to cutbacks. The instructors that left were the ones I gained the most from with one exception. I do know the department head was very committed to student success so hopefully things will continue on the same level.
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    Quote from wrigh146
    I am a 2008 graduate of the accelerated program, was placed right away in the hospital I did clinicals at, and I feel my education there provided me with an excellent foundation for success. I have heard, however, many instructors there during my time have left due to cutbacks. The instructors that left were the ones I gained the most from with one exception. I do know the department head was very committed to student success so hopefully things will continue on the same level.

    May I ask, which of the programs would you suggest for a single mother ? I will be applying to NSC but the thing is my husband will be getting a job out of state and i can't bear to part with my two young children so they will be with me while i attned school. Were there any single parents in the accelerated program ? I know its an intense program but i love the fact that its only 12 months. What i'm worried about is that i may not be able to handle it with two young children (one will be in half day kindergarten and the other in 2nd grade). I like the idea of the part time program, but that would take me way longer to reunite with my husband. Anyway, did you know of any single parents doing fine in the accelerated program, or are they usually enrolled in the regular program?
  7. Visit  wrigh146 profile page
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    I know a couple of my classmates had kids in daycare close to the school. I would say since you have one in school full day and one half, you could probably arrange your schedule to fit your transport/daycare needs. Usually classes were out by 4pm with the exception of clinical days once a week which were 12 hour hospital shifts. I say the one year program would be workable, but you might consult an advisor at NSC to get the current class schedules. Good luck to you!
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    Quote from wrigh146
    I know a couple of my classmates had kids in daycare close to the school. I would say since you have one in school full day and one half, you could probably arrange your schedule to fit your transport/daycare needs. Usually classes were out by 4pm with the exception of clinical days once a week which were 12 hour hospital shifts. I say the one year program would be workable, but you might consult an advisor at NSC to get the current class schedules. Good luck to you!

    Thanks wrigh146,
    Thanks for the response.This does sound workable. I thought that since it is an accelerated program classes would be held all day long, i'm surpised that they are usually over by 4. What times did they usually begin ? Now i just need to get accepted Were your clinicals done in a hospital near the school and do the students have a choice where their clinicals are held ?
  9. Visit  baker1bv profile page
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    I graduated from the Nevada State accelerated program in Aug, and honestly, I am not sure I can recommend it to anyone. All the instructors who actually care about their students left and with good reason. Not only was most of my entire class unhappy with the education we got, but the current classes (both regular and accelerated) aren't particularly happy. Also, you should know most new grads are not getting hired right out of school anymore. No one in our class had a job before graduation and only those with previous hospital experience are getting offers now. It may not be such a bad thing to wait the 2 years when the economy improves a bit.
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    Quote from baker1bv
    I graduated from the Nevada State accelerated program in Aug, and honestly, I am not sure I can recommend it to anyone. All the instructors who actually care about their students left and with good reason. Not only was most of my entire class unhappy with the education we got, but the current classes (both regular and accelerated) aren't particularly happy. Also, you should know most new grads are not getting hired right out of school anymore. No one in our class had a job before graduation and only those with previous hospital experience are getting offers now. It may not be such a bad thing to wait the 2 years when the economy improves a bit.

    Baker1bv,

    why wouldn't you recommend the program ? Did alot of the students not make it to the end or Did you feel that it didn't prepare you to be a nurse ? I wonder why the instructors left, this worries me a bit since i was hoping to get a spot next August.
  11. Visit  baker1bv profile page
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    The school doesn't know how to treat instructors, so those who were worth their weight took positions elsewhere. In our class of 35 only about 25 finished on time. Another 4 or so will finish in Dec. The average drop rate is about 10% for any nursing program.
    The real reason I wouldn't recommend NSC, right now is the lack of respect they have for students. I went to college for 6 years and had some of the worst instructors of that time while at NSC. The three instructors I really liked (and learned a lot from) only one is still there but I am hearing rumors of her leaving.
  12. Visit  wrigh146 profile page
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    baker1bv, is the NCLEX pass rate still high? All I can say is, if you are local, it is still the fastest BSN program for the money. If the NCLEX pass rate remains high, I say go for it. Of all the education I got, the first 6 months on the job is what really taught me how to be a nurse. Getting your license is the main objective. As for teachers, of course the ideal is to have the best, but as adult learners it is mostly up to us to learn. Instructors are there as a resource, not a guide. Maybe not how it should be, but all in all, if your goal is to be a nurse, GO FOR IT! I say there is no time like the present. If we wait until conditions are optimal, it may never happen!
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    7-8am start. Clinical sites varied and we usually did a random pick out of a hat every semester. I had one semester that I was in an evening lab, but my schedule was more flexible. I think those with child care conflicts were able to avoid evening courses. Another bit of advice. If you will be staying in LV for at least 2 years post grad. I know St. Rose offers a student to nurse program that will repay a portion of school costs after fulfilling a two year commitment. This also helps with the issue of job placement. Also, NAP, or Nurse Apprentice positions are part time paid work options that also help you get experience and network for future employment while in school.
  14. Visit  gabby27 profile page
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    I hope that the new instructors they will be hiring will be good ones. I like the idea of the program because its fast and inexpensive compared to other programs in the area. At least its good to know that the majority of students who started together ended together. Here in Reno, i've heard more than half the nursing class at a particular community college fail or drop out of the program so graduating classes are quite small. That's one of my biggest fears.

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