I was recently laid off from the computer manufacturing industry. I've been taking pre-reqs for nursing for over a year and this lay off will allow me to pursue it more aggressively. I'd love to go to CNM, but the waiting list is out to 2.5 years now. Ours is a single income family and our children are home-schooled, so I have to get this show on the road.
My concern is with the quality of the Apollo program. They've been kind of wishy-washy with me over some important details. For instance they originally told me that they would not accept my algebra class because it was over ten years old. Now they say they'll be happy to accept it. First the admission was based on GPA, then it was test scores, then it was a combination of both but they were unsure of the weights, and now it is first come-first served for all those who qualify. I want to make sure that this kind of thing is limited to the non-academic side of things.
I've also heard rumors that some students in clinicals with Apollo were not as well prepared as perhaps they should be. I need to make it clear that I am not saying that this is so because it is second-hand information. I definitely don't want to bash a school I've never attended. I'm just trying to research things because I want to hit the ground running when I graduate. I absolutely do not want to make a mistake because of a gap in my education.
I'd like to hear from actual students in the program or nurses who've worked with Apollo students in clinicals. If anyone is uncomfortable replying, perhaps they can PM me. I would appreciate that immensely because I really only have one shot to get this right. There is a PIMA program which is more expensive, but the teacher to student ratios are appealing (16:1 vs 30:1 at Apollo). And PIMA starts only 2 classes per year vs. 3 at Apollo. PIMA also has a proven track record in Mesa, AZ. Still, they are just starting here and Apollo is graduating it's first class here this August if I'm not mistaken.
Any input would be greatly appreciated. And once again. I'm certainly not trying to paint Apollo or its students in a negative way. I'm just repeating what I've heard and observed and asking for first-hand opinions and facts.
Thanks and Regards!