I am starting there this August. One of my previous bosses went to that school along with one of the per diem nurses that still works here. They both said that it was a VERY GOOD program. I mentioned them to 3 MHSON faculty, and they remembered them (they graduated about 8-9 years ago). I met someone last week who went there and she said that the professors at MHSON go in depth with what they teach, which is an advantage over other professors from other schools
(where a BSN or ASN is given). A few other people in passing spoke very highly of the program. Basically, I have yet to hear anything average or negative about the school or program. This is the first school that I have been able to go to and call and have EVERY question answered without recieving an attitude behind it. They also respond to e-mails in a timely manner. They definitely take their time with you and give you individual attention.
No they do not put you out to work. However, they do require that you have CNA skills before beginning the program. It used to be a 3 year program but now it is a 2 year program. They offer the class which started 7/2 for BNA (basic nursing assistant). They used to incorporate it into the first nursing course but since the program change they want you to come into it with certain knowledge. The hospital will hire those who want to apply part-time once the class is complete. It is a choice and an opportunity that I think can only help.