Merit Technical Institute* NJ - page 3

Hi All, This is my first time starting a Thread on this site, and second time posting in general. I Start CNA/ phlebotomy Program on monday :yelclap: {which is about 2 months long} and plan to... Read More

  1. Visit  eXtraOrdinaire profile page
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    I would first like to start off by saying that Merit is a for profit school. I do not understand why they are demonized for that fact. In our economy they fulfill a need. I have attempted to get into multiple LPN programs in NYC and they are all filled. Everyone's situation is different and they must weigh the pros and cons. If you can afford to wait you should go to another program which is less expensive. If, like me, you would like to start as soon as possible you should go to a Meritt. The costs may seem prohibitive but if you would like to become a nurse the public institutions are extremely competitive but if you have your LPN license its easier to get in.

    Starting a school like Merit offers opportunities to those that wouldn't have any. I have my bachelors degree in Information Technology and it means nothing to most programs. After being angry about that I decided to go into a program were I can excel and move forward. I'm not advocating that you go to Meritt. I'm advocating thinking for yourself after researching the facts and applying them to your individual situation. If you are guaranteed to get into another program then you should choose them.

    I would like to open a for profit institution like Meritt in Savannah, GA. I know that area is really depressed and doesn't have a program like Meritt in existence. I would like to make a profit because profits are necessary for any institution to exists. The only difference between for profit and non profit schools is that one is subsidized by tax dollars and one is not. The tuition relationship is one that deals with scarcity. If the costs are too low then their is a shortage if the costs are too high then their is a surplus. If they were overpriced people wouldn't go their.

    Trust me I don't like the idea of spending $13,000 dollars for an LPN program but I don't like being out of work even more.
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  2. Visit  NewBeginings profile page
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    Quote from shejjr2
    Im currently a Merit Student, I started in February 2009....Yes the school is money hungry and you must pay as you go along...however when you applied if you pass the entrance exam you get right into the program. All the local county nursing program has long waiting list. Merit has a good pass rate for the state board...and they are listed on the board of Nursing for New Jersey.....If I had a choose I would prefer to go to a local county school, but I can't wait 18months to start a program. If you stay focus and really want to make it work, you can with merit....all nursing programs are hard....
    Hello Shejjr2,
    I am happy to see your progress throughout the months from your first posting up until this one :-)
    Like you, I am looking to become a Student of Merit as well. The school is expensive :-( more so than others; However, Registration seems so much easier than most technical school out there. This school so far seems to be very straight forward although Money Hungry seems to be the contributing factor.
    Thanks for some of the advice on staying focus. I hope the school's lack of professionalism wont hinder my progress in anyway while staying focus on my goals.
    Any Financial tips on how to stay afloat since they don't offer any FA from jump? 1000 every month + misc fees im sure is crazy for me. But i need it badly. Im looking to start this Oct '09 thanks for your support.
  3. Visit  NewBeginings profile page
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    Quote from Erikarn2b
    Hi everyone, for those who have already taken classes at Merit Institute or have completed their LPN program, i would like to get some info about their classes and what to get ready for. I got accepted to this school and i'm very nervous because i don't what to expect. Any info would greatly appreciated, thanks in advance.
    Hello Erikarn2b,

    Congrats on your acceptance to the school! I am looking to start soon :-D I find myself in similar shoes as you. I was wondering what progress you've made thus far through Merit? Maybe we could start sharing our experiences. Any advice would be welcomed believe me. One of my biggest concerns believe it or not is the financial responsibility the school imposes on the students since the dont offer FA(not right away @least)
    Thx.
  4. Visit  NewBeginings profile page
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    Quote from meluhn
    You will have the same problem at LT only their program costs 22K. All those technical schools are alike, they admit anyone with a pulse as long as they get their money. They tolerate all kinds of ghetto behavior and the educational experience is a poor one. If you graduated HS at 16 whay are you not in college?
    Hello Melhun,

    This was a very insightful reply to BrownOcean. I wonder why spend the Extra cash when the ultimate goal is to acquire a LPN license.
    I am looking to start with Merit too actually. Did you graduate from Merit?Whats the best advice you could give me as a new comer? Whats the best way for me to get FA to attend this school since Merit won't offer any?
    Thanks for all your support
  5. Visit  NewBeginings profile page
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    Quote from eXtraOrdinaire
    I would first like to start off by saying that Merit is a for profit school. I do not understand why they are demonized for that fact. In our economy they fulfill a need. I have attempted to get into multiple LPN programs in NYC and they are all filled. Everyone's situation is different and they must weigh the pros and cons. If you can afford to wait you should go to another program which is less expensive. If, like me, you would like to start as soon as possible you should go to a Meritt. The costs may seem prohibitive but if you would like to become a nurse the public institutions are extremely competitive but if you have your LPN license its easier to get in.

    Starting a school like Merit offers opportunities to those that wouldn't have any. I have my bachelors degree in Information Technology and it means nothing to most programs. After being angry about that I decided to go into a program were I can excel and move forward. I'm not advocating that you go to Meritt. I'm advocating thinking for yourself after researching the facts and applying them to your individual situation. If you are guaranteed to get into another program then you should choose them.

    I would like to open a for profit institution like Meritt in Savannah, GA. I know that area is really depressed and doesn't have a program like Meritt in existence. I would like to make a profit because profits are necessary for any institution to exists. The only difference between for profit and non profit schools is that one is subsidized by tax dollars and one is not. The tuition relationship is one that deals with scarcity. If the costs are too low then their is a shortage if the costs are too high then their is a surplus. If they were overpriced people wouldn't go their.

    Trust me I don't like the idea of spending $13,000 dollars for an LPN program but I don't like being out of work even more.
    There's nothing wrong w/ being FOR PROFIT as long as we dont get the short end of the stick as consumers. If an establishment main focus is to get your money over insuring your success, then there's a reason to be concerned; especially if their success seem to coincide w/ the state requirements for them to stay in business.
    I am not the type to go to school and blame the teacher for my mistakes. I just need to get the best help that can be made available to me (&why not +more for the money im paying lol)
    Have you entered the Merit program &graduated? How was the experience there? Speaking of being out of work, after getting accepted to the school, I became UI :-( Any suggestions on FA options since Merit doesn't offer one from jump?

    Thanks a million!
  6. Visit  meluhn profile page
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    Quote from NewBeginings
    Hello Melhun,

    This was a very insightful reply to BrownOcean. I wonder why spend the Extra cash when the ultimate goal is to acquire a LPN license.
    I am looking to start with Merit too actually. Did you graduate from Merit?Whats the best advice you could give me as a new comer? Whats the best way for me to get FA to attend this school since Merit won't offer any?
    Thanks for all your support

    Newb, I have no experience with Merit but I was an instructor for a short time in one of the other big name tech schools in NJ. I found that the administration was on the students side no matter what they did, they would not be kicked out, including sexual harrassment, cheating, disrespect to instructors, you name it, they got away with it. To kick them out would mean a loss of money for the school and they just would not do it. Generally speaking, the motivated students did well but their clinical experience was weak and the curriculum was watered down. For the money they paid they should have gotten a much better education. Since there were not enough instructors or clinical sites, they did alot of the required clinical hours in a lab with dummies as opposed to real patients. My advice to anyone would be to avoid these types of schools. It was much more lax than the LPN program I graduated from years ago. After talking about my experience I found other instructors/students with similar experiences. I dont know much about financial aid except that you get more if you are low income, you just have to apply and see what you are eligible for. You can do the (fafsa) free application for financial aid on the web. The aid does not have to come from the school. You can get loans and or grants from the federal government. If you are going to do that, you might as well go to a 2 or 4 year school if your situation permits. JMO. Good luck with whatever you decide.
  7. Visit  NewBeginings profile page
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    Thanks for such a prompt response Melhun,

    Like few posted before Nursing is a very competitive field, as a result, their waiting list are usually very long to get accepted. Thats provided you had a good GPA from your previous school. Merit presented me to train towards getting my license and get things started.
    I am still looking into FA and i will let you know what i come up w/.
    As a teacher what school would you then recommend for someone in need like me? Poor experience that you were referring to, was that w/ Merit are other technical school like LT? If I can get my feet wet just w/ a license and the proper experience from that school (wouldn't want to waste my time you know). If Clinical is going to be a problem, is there a a hospital where one might volunteer in possibly? what are the requirements to volunteer at a hospital?

    Thanks a million
  8. Visit  eXtraOrdinaire profile page
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    Well I agree that everyone's situation is different. People that are currently Nurses aren't the best ones to go to for advice. Now I know I'm going to offend some people with that statement. The people that are currently in the field should know best how to enter. Unless they have done so recently times have changed in the last decade. Having my bachelors already my aunt says to me, why do LPN its a waste of time. The LPN program is a bridge to becoming an RN. If I could get into an RN program I would. I was rejected by a school that I graduated from with a 3.0 because I had failed English a decade ago. The counselor said that I would never be allowed into the program. I couldn't believe it. Trust me if you want to wait on a list for a few years to save a few grand then be my guest, me I would rather pay the money now, become an LPN and then enter and LPN to BSN bridge program. I have done my research and this is the best way to go for me. If you have a stellar GPA then a more traditional route would be best.
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  9. Visit  NewBeginings profile page
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    Kudos to you ExtraOrdinaire, Thats what i am working on too. Thats the bigger picture
  10. Visit  Noela08 profile page
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    I was wondering, how was the entrance test. What should i look out for. I also have to return back to Lin Tech in November to take the entrance test again, I fail the reading and math section by one point
  11. Visit  Noela08 profile page
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    Can you tell me what to expect on the entrance test. Thanks!
  12. Visit  GoGreen_09 profile page
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    Personally would not recommend that school..... Not worth your time and money..... the following link could give you a good idea of the type of people they are..... and not to mention why they are really not accredited.....

    http://www.ed.gov/about/offices/list.../nj102006.html
  13. Visit  Noela08 profile page
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    wow! But this was back in 2007, did they fix the problem

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