Quote from wannabe_sane
Hello there! I am also in the area & looking into nursing programs. I was thinking of St. Joseph's. Any opinions on that school or hospital in general as a place to work?
I have heard good and bad things about Crouse and St. Joe's nursing programs, but not much about working in the hospitals.
The good stuff - both are accredited by NLNAC, both have high NCLEX pass rates above 90%, both are challenging prgrams.
The bad stuff - both programs are very intense, the instructors have high expectations (I would hope so!), and I've heard for both that they will find a way to hold you back (or fail you out) if you are not progressing well and they think you might fail the NCLEX. (to protect their high pass rate)
I chose Crouse mainly for these reasons:
1. my friend is a graduate and I can go to her for help & questions
2. the exam questions are structured just like the NCLEX to familiarize us with this style of testing
3. they offer a spring enrollment (St. Joe's is only in the fall.)
4. the staff I met were professional and friendly