I graduated from RVCC and I thought that the program was very good. I'm not sure where the claims that the chair and her best friend (whomever that is!) are greedy come from. Greedy about what??? I don't know about bonuses but ALL chairs want their students to pass the NCLEX. I also found the chair (and most of the professors) to be quite approachable. RVCC just went through a re-accreditation so they are good for the next decade (if your school loses accreditation while you are in the program, you are basically screwed). It's NOT an easy program but it has a very high NCLEX pass rate (usually higher than 90%: http://www.state.nj.us/lps/ca/nursing/apps/NCLEX-RN.pdf
). I know that people who don't pass get frustrated but RVCC nurses are well respected by area hospitals. I participated in a summer externship program during my studies. The hospital had 110 applications for 10 positions. Two of those positions went to RVCC students. The unfortunate thing is that most hospitals are looking for BSNs but I don't think the LPNs who graduated to RNs typically have a tough time finding employment. Quite frankly, you WANT nurses that can pass their classes and that can demonstrate safety in patient care. RVCC does give second chances so it's not a one shot deal. They also ended the waiting list acceptance and they go by qualifications now. That has actually made the fail rate much lower.
I didn't do the bridge program but my understanding is that you do have to complete A&P I and II. They start in the summer where you are doing classes/clinical. The you join the 2nd year students for Psych, Adults II (neuro, renal), maternity and pediatrics.
The program does expect a lot! The students are really nice though. I was in 2 different years (I had to take a medical leave) and really liked both classes. I will say that I was hospitalized at one point (hence, the medical leave) and I had BSN students involved in my care. Two of them walked in and had the hardest time figuring out how to take a blood pressure. I asked them if this was their first clinical experience. Nope! They had been in clinical classes before! I was waiting for them to ask me questions, etc to put together a care plan. Nope! They were basically just functioning as patient care techs. Nothing else was expected of them. They didn't even ask me about why I was in the hospital. I never even saw their professor anywhere.
The chair teaches one of the classes and the NCLEX questions were a lot like hers! I just kept thinking about her while taking the exam.
If you have any questions, feel free to ask! I'll try to answer them!