I completed the LPN course in September of 2009, have a great job in a nursing home, but I have some advice for anyone who is thinking about this school. First, the school is not accredited and if you fail- you will start over at a new school. NOTHING WILL TRANSFER. The last time I checked the tuition was raised to $25,000. This would make Dover Business College the MOST EXPENSIVE PROGRAM IN THE STATE! The program is also 15months, opposed to 12 months that most school's require. Here are the positives:
1) Dover requires a higher passing rate on the HESI (the exit exam) than the state's requirement, so if you pass, you are better prepared for the NCLEX.
2) They have open enrollment. So you dont have to wait a whole year after you decide that you want to go into nursing, to start school. Usually they take a class in July, and then another class in January.
Here are the Negatives:
1) If you fail a class, chances are they will kick you out of the program. You owe any loans immediately, nothing will transfer to another school, and you will start over. They will tell you that you can come back and join the next class, but in my 15 months there- none of my classmates were allowed to return. This is important to know along with the fact that by the 3rd semester, they dont have enough faculty signed on to teach more than 15 students. This means that 30 students start, and within 6 months, they expect only 15 students or less into the program. I watched students with 74.5 grades (which would be rounded up to a 75, which is passing) fail because of this teacher/student quota.
2) The Dean will be your friend right up until you have paid your tuition, then she turns into a drill seargant. You are on your own if you have a problem with a test, or a teacher. Lucky for me, I had excellent grades and stayed quiet in class. But there were many students who had correct answers and cited the textbook, and were told that the TEXTBOOK WAS WRONG!!!!! Not only was this unfair for those students..... Those students were kicked out of the program without a chance to appeal (regardless what there rights are in the student handbook)
I had a great close knit family of students who helped each other study. Most of what we learned we taught each other. In Clinical @ Bergen Regional Medical Center (formerly Bergen Pines) we would share a floor with other student nurses from other schools. We were impressed by their knowledge, and the positive attitudes they had. At our school, we would constantly be fearful of the doomsday scenarios our teachers would impose on our day.
Those who left the school for personal reasons or unfair grading policies ended up in accredited schools, graduated, and many went straight into an RN program, which is only a few months longer than Dovers LPN program, and similar in price. I would suggest that anyone interested in this school, research their options and speak to current students. REMEMBER, they dont have enough room for everyone to Graduate, so some will fail out without reason. THIS IS COMING FROM A GRADUATE, NOT AN ANGRY DROP OUT.
I wish you all success in whatever program you decide to go into, and dont let Dover Business College defer you from reaching your goals. Nursing is the best career choice Ive made, and I thank DBC for the education and opportunity they gave me.