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I'm not sure that Sugar Scrubs and Nursing Student ABSN have portrayed a totally accurate picture of ABSN Roseman program. They repeat what I thought to be true prior to attending, that all you have to do is study hard and everything will be fine. To begin with cohorts 1-2 are allowed 5 points to be added to every test score,( if they get group points.) Starting in cohort 3, if group points are achieved, they only get 5%. This may not seem like much difference, until you figure out that 5 raw points equal 5 questions and 5% equals between 1 and 2 questions, depending on whether the tests were actually the correct number of questions to achieve that number.
You take a mid-term and a final. Each one is done individually and then immediately afterwards you take the test again in your assigned group of about 6 students. If your group achieves 90% or above you are allowed to add group points (5%) to your individual score. we started with 42 in our cohort. We picked up about 5 more from past cohorts (that failed their original cohort) and we now have 19 students left. We lost 13 in one module alone.....and it took a virtual "sit-in" in order for them to be allowed to transfer to the 18 month program...that's a story for another day. We are now half way finished. I only know of a very few that failed out due to lack of studying. Some very fine, dedicated students failed out because of one question, (they would not have failed if we were allowed the 5 points that earlier cohorts are allowed)...... If you fail the mid-term you have to wait until after the final in order to re-take it (allowed one more chance). The tests are generally given on a Friday and the remediation for the final and mid-term is taken the following Monday....so you have 2 days to re-study. Generally the second exams have been harder than the original ones.
We all study extremely hard 24/7 but I find that many times it is still "luck" on what exam questions are challenged and thrown out. It amazes me that some students who originally get in the mid-70's will eventually pass (after questions are thrown out) while those who originally get in the mid-80's end up failing the exams...... go figure! We all are determined to finish our program even though we have found that we basically teach ourselves without much guidance and the amount of study does not always equal a passing grade. For example......I find it a little disingenuous that anyone can totally grasp the entirely of Pharmacology in 9 study days. As for the instructors, so many have resigned, we never know who will be around to teach the next modules.
Online "lectures" for the most part have been "instructors" reading from the book and often times they will say "For more information read the book......". Not what I would call a "lecture" or even further clarification of specifics and details. Labs have been contradictory and often a waste of time. The lab monitor has recently changed, so I can't speak for any new person. Most of the time when we asked the lab "instructor" to clarify steps or points, we were met with the question "How did the videos show to do that?" If the videos were clear, we wouldn't have asked the questions to start with....... etc etc. Our best labs were the days when an instructor from the 18 month program "filled-in" for the day.
As for the school having "worked out" all the organizational issues, I find that most of the same things keep repeating over and over.
The first cohort had 17 finish the program in December and 2 failed the exit exam (don't know about you, but we were never informed about an exit exam until we were already in the program....) Don't know how many passed the NCLEX.
Most of my cohort are from California, due to the schools being so impacted in Cali. I haven't talked with one person from Cali that wants to remain in Nevada after graduation. I intend on going on for my NP so the 4.0 will be great and definitely earned!
I have read other posts from "disgruntled" students and I find what they have to say is absolutely true. I only wish that people had been more honest with their experiences and posts early on, so more people could have made more informed decisions about their school choices. No school is perfect and new ones definitely have growing pains, but there is still a long way to go before I can truly say the education here matches the price of tuition.
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