I was one of the 13 students who did not return. Since then, I have been accepted to an accredited school and I am very happy for my upcoming semester. When I first went to Dover, I was told that I shouldn't work, because it would interfere with my studies. No problem. I was also told not to worry about Money, because they would find grants and student aid (which I wouldnt have to start paying back till 6 months after I left the school). No problem! They also said that they would do everything they could to help you with the program. That is, until they have your money....
First Semester was great. Teachers offered extra credit and even tutoring on the weekends. Second semester was the total opposite. Teachers would keep you on the pass/fail line so at the end of the semester your hair was falling out. This, and there is a business angle to this. If you read your student handbook, all you need to do is make it to Finals and they have the right to charge you 70% of your tuition. Now take into consideration that the second semester had the SAME teachers as the first! New rule for second semester: No Tutoring, no extra credit!
Now I am not a person who thinks that extra credit is needed. If you study 5 hours a day, and know the book by heart, you shouldnt have any problems, right? WRONG! 1/2 the teachers disagreed with each other, and 3 out of 4 teachers argued that the book they made you study was wrong! Do they test from the book? Sure.... Most of what you learn is from the internet, and asking students from other schools. Dover is one of the most unorganized, stubborn Colleges (not a "real" college, its just their company name) that ive ever had the pleasure of attending. Here is why your school is a scam:
1) They dont have enough teacher's available at the Hospitals to teach 30 students. Even if 30 had passed, they would have to kick some people out for attitude problems
2) They tell you not to work, and not to worry about paying back loans... but if they kick you out at the end of the 2nd semester, you owe 70% of the tuition within one week (cash) or it goes to collection. Let's do the math: 5 semester school. 2 semesters attending = 70% of tuition owed???? If you took loans, and got a grant.... your bill (not including the loans you have to pay back) is about $8,000 cash due within a week of leaving the school. Funny, I thought if the government won't pay you from a loan I took, then I shouldn't either. <Lawyer notified>
3) At a regular school, let's say "Local Community College" you pay for classes. If you fail out, you only owe $$ for the time you spent there. And if you decide to go to another school, most of the world accepts your "college credits". Not Dover. If you dont make it through the 15 months and pass the HESI (Dover requires you to pass with a higher score than the state requires for you to sit on the NCLEX) you will have NOTHING to show for it. Not a credit to transfer.... not another shot at going back and retaking the class at Dover... NOTHING. Oh, except a $25,000 bill for NOTHING. Think about it. Its like buying a brand new car, only to drive it into the ocean, not collect the insurance... and then going out and buying another brand new. Your LPN career just cost you $50,000 in loans. Sounds a lot like an RN program to me.
4) If you need something from them... Dover Business college is not on your side. They do not return calls unless they are recruiting you. Some of their teachers are "doctors in the Dominican Republic" but dont qualify as a home health aid in our country... hence why they are teachers @ DBC instead of practicing medicine.
Many of the Hospitals have dropped DBC from allowing their student nurses to go there.
This is because schools like Lincoln Tech and Allied Health and Hohokus all require you to be bonded and insured to step into their hospital. Not Dover, they dont feel like spending the $20 per student it costs for malpractice insurance
6) Some of the biggest staffing companies such as Maxim Healthcare, Bayada Nursing, PRN Nursing, Adomus, and Hospice won't hire Dover graduates. This is because some big names in the Healthcare field were burned by the school and have basically black listed everything related to Dover.
There is absolutely no reason to go to this school, when there are so many schools to choose from.
Oh... and there is a reason why they dont post their NCLEX pass rates. Let them explain it to you, and see them spin