Dover Business School (LPN Program) - page 2

Hi, I am currently searching for a good nursing program to enter and Dover is close to me. I was wondering if anyone out there has had any experience with the above mentioned school? The tuition is... Read More

  1. by   Trulylovingme
    Dover is provisionally careful.
  2. by   2010gradnj
    I also attended DBC and finished, good and bad experiences. Bottom line is that Nursing is hard and not everyone makes it through any program. Would I attend again? no, too expensive, not organized, not enough staff. Did I get my license? yes but I studied my *** off and did not take everything that was told to me by instructors or one text as the facts without asking other nurses and looking up info on the internet. I would agree that being one of the most expensive schools to get your LPN you definately do not get what you are paying for.
  3. by   galfromwy
    all information very helpful for me since i am looking for LPN online and only Dover came up. thank you very much..
  4. by   Pleased2piecesLPN
    Hello everyone...I just wanted to add my two cents as a new 2011 DBC LPN Grad. I will cut to the chase. Basically a lot of what is written above is correct. The main thing I differ in opinion in is the instructors. The majority of them have many years in service and one of our more recent capstone instructors is an active nurse practitioner actually and a heckuva good one. The school is definitely about business and money, however there were some great and caring professors that took many of us under their wings.

    I will say they definitely threw us for a loop a lot. An example was them prepping us to take Hesi all the way up to our last quarter and then flipping the script and had us prep for the NLN! But that's ok...we, as a class, pulled together throughout the program in the form of creating our own online study group page where we took turns posting notes and resources.

    Ok, so there were 29 that began the program (Clifton campus) and only 9 ended up passing exit NLN exam and graduated. Now, many dropped for various reasons - whether for tragic, financial reason or otherwise and yes some unfortunately flunked out. It was not an easy trek and all that's worth having is worth working hard for.

    Are there other colleges? Absolutely. A lot of folks opted to attend DBC because of waiting lists, etc. I will add though that some of the other schools don't even have the opportunity to attend clinicals in actual hospitals. We most definitely did. Bergen Regional, Kindred, Palisades, to name a few. We observed live births, c-sections, endoscopies, colonoscopies, etc. The staff also had many good things to say about our professionalism as well. The only other thing I can and will say is that I did what I needed to do to complete the program. It wasn't easy and had no life for 15mos. Ask questions and press for your answers. It is important to note that the school requires student malpractice insurance and is FULLY accredited now and should have NCLEX pass rates available to see now. The majority of the previous class passed on first try and ALL NINE of my group did the first time around.

    All in all, the experience was a little rough around the edges at times and there were definitely some frustrating moments, but I accomplished what I set out to and here I stand as the nurse that I have always longed to be. (as a 2nd career and at the tender age of 37 :-)

    Many blessings to you all in your decisions!
    Last edit by Pleased2piecesLPN on Jul 13, '11
  5. by   tablefor4
    Thanks for your insight. I'm 3 classes away from being able to apply to CCM for RN but I'm still considering Dover. The 15 month timeframe is so enticing - I feel like I'm looking at about 2 1/2 years right now for CCM and it seems soooo long. I've read (here I think) that jobs are hard to come by - that some businesses don't give Dover grads an opportunity to even interview. Can you tell me a bit about your job search after you graduated? Hope it's not too personal.... Many many thanks!!!
  6. by   Pleased2piecesLPN
    Hello tablefor4,

    I can only share with you my experience. Firstly, I have not actually been employed as an actual nurse as of yet. Namely because after graduation I went on a cruise, came back, studied and scheduled nclex for mid June. I JUST received my license number last week.

    As far as work goes, I had been working in a private home as a home health helper as a student nurse and did so throughout the program up until about 3wks ago and so I actually have some solid vent/trach experience. (I worked under an RN who lived there and was the primary caregiver). I have a friend who works in psych at Bergen Regional and have contemplated going there but, based on a couple of classmates I have spoken with, some have gotten on at pediatric agencies with no problem. Bergen Regional and Kindred in Wayne hire LPN's as well as all nursing homes. So there is work out there!

    With that said, I went for LPN simply because of wait lists. I decided that by the time I actually got into a program, I would already be an LPN. I am definitely going on to RN though. My ultimate desire would be for my employer to provide tuition reimbursement - we shall see...

    Weigh all your options, and all things considered make the decision that is right for you...good luck!!