ECPI versus Wake Tech, DTCC, Wilson, or Barton - page 5

Hi Monique. I am enrolled in the August LPN class at MCI in VA Beach. It starts on Aug 1st. The cost for the school is $19 thousand. You take an entrance exam and if you pass, your in. I bombed... Read More

  1. by   buttercup27
    Thanks for the information on Watts please keep me posted on how the program is.
  2. by   jennifer0129720
    Hi! I am taking the TEAS at ECPI tomorrow and I hope to get into the LPN classes scheduled for Feb. Anyway, my admissions counselor said that they could do in house financing for whatever any grants, scholarships, or student loans would not take care of. BTW if you can get a deferred loan, mabye that will help, you wont have to pay it back until you get out of school and start working. I feel a calling to go into this profession, and everything seems to be falling into place for me, although i am 30! Now is the right time. If things arent working out for you keep trying. You will find your place just as i have found mine! I wish you luck!
  3. by   wasted-enough-time
    Jennifer....

    I wish you all the best in attending EPCI /PN program!! I have heard from several people that ...it is a great school and that they turn out really Good Nurses and that the program is very doable!! I would have attended myself, however the cost played a major factor...Plus the long commute...

    As it turns out,..just like you said..."Everything will fall into place for me"...and it did!! because thankfully I got accepted in the PN program right here at the local CC for the Fall-07 ..and the total cost including books, uniforms, etc..is only ...
    $960.00!!,..as opposed to the $23,500+...and also its aprox 10 minutes max from my home!!..I could not be happier!! There is also a LPN to RN Bridge program that I will have access to once I complete my first year ( PN)

    I so glad that I did not give up on my goals, cause just like you...I have found my calling!! Again Best wishes and good luck on taking the TEAS..( its really quite easy )

    Anna
    Last edit by wasted-enough-time on Dec 30, '06 : Reason: mistake
  4. by   aculwell
    Quote from buttercup27
    Thanks for the information on Watts please keep me posted on how the program is.
    I just graduated from Watt's in December. I take the NCLEX-RN in a week. I felt like Watts was a fantastic investment. To pay 23k for an LPN program is probably to me a real risk. Yes you can work in a nursing home with an LPN certification but why pay 23k for an LPN when you can have an RN in 2 years for the same approximate tuition. If you have your prereqs done you can get into Watt's pretty quickly, and like the person stated earlier Duke Health if you go work there will re-imburse you the tuition cost over three years. Sure you might get into ECPI and finish in 12 months or whatever length the program is but you will still only have that LPN. I'm not degrading LPN's but I think that most would tell you that if they were going to pay 23k for an LPN or an RN they would do the RN.

    Just my 2 cents. LPN's are great, it's a shame that in a lot of states they are phasing them out. That is another reason to go for the RN. If I were you I would check out Watt's....it's the oldest nursing school in NC and has a great reputation here in the state!

    http://www.dukehealth1.org/watts/index.asp
  5. by   tarheelgrl1976
    Hi There! I am taking the entrance exam @ ECPI next Monday (2/12/07) and I am very nervous about it. I am not sure if I am taking the TEAS or Compass test. The math part is what I am worried about. Also, I was told that I could only take the entrance exam once a year. That adds even more pressure... Has anyone taken either of these test lately? Thanks for any advice or information you may have.
  6. by   carolinapooh
    Quote from aculwell
    I just graduated from Watt's in December. I take the NCLEX-RN in a week. I felt like Watts was a fantastic investment. To pay 23k for an LPN program is probably to me a real risk. Yes you can work in a nursing home with an LPN certification but why pay 23k for an LPN when you can have an RN in 2 years for the same approximate tuition. If you have your prereqs done you can get into Watt's pretty quickly, and like the person stated earlier Duke Health if you go work there will re-imburse you the tuition cost over three years. Sure you might get into ECPI and finish in 12 months or whatever length the program is but you will still only have that LPN. I'm not degrading LPN's but I think that most would tell you that if they were going to pay 23k for an LPN or an RN they would do the RN.

    Just my 2 cents. LPN's are great, it's a shame that in a lot of states they are phasing them out. That is another reason to go for the RN. If I were you I would check out Watt's....it's the oldest nursing school in NC and has a great reputation here in the state!

    http://www.dukehealth1.org/watts/index.asp
    Congrats on graduating from Watts! I have a great respect for diploma grads.
  7. by   aculwell
    Thanks! I'm happy to say that I passed NCLEX last week and now I have a job at Johns Hopkins in the BMT unit. I'm totally excited!
  8. by   butterfly80
    Hey everyone, I haven't been on here in a while but I just wanted to say that Wake Tech is not nearly as hard to get in as everyone makes it out to be. It's a good program and inexspensive. I used to be so worried I wouldn't make it in I also considered Watts, Ecpi, etc. I'm so glad I did not go that route! The truth is if you make good grades you get in. Goods grades being mostly B's in Bios, a couple A's, and a couple C's. The more pre-req's you have under your belt the quicker you get in!! Hope this is encouraging to anyone trying to get into Wake Tech's ADN program.
  9. by   rubyjune
    Quote from butterfly80
    Hey everyone, I haven't been on here in a while but I just wanted to say that Wake Tech is not nearly as hard to get in as everyone makes it out to be. It's a good program and inexspensive. I used to be so worried I wouldn't make it in I also considered Watts, Ecpi, etc. I'm so glad I did not go that route! The truth is if you make good grades you get in. Goods grades being mostly B's in Bios, a couple A's, and a couple C's. The more pre-req's you have under your belt the quicker you get in!! Hope this is encouraging to anyone trying to get into Wake Tech's ADN program.
    Butterfly - Yes that is encouraging. I have been working on pre-reqs and am ready to apply. Thanks for the encouraging words about Wake Tech.
  10. by   RN Zeke
    I am in my last semester (I hope) at Forsyth Tech. It is a good idea to get all the pre-reqs out of the way. Nursing school is way too hard to stay focused on all by itself. Good luck to you and the other readers also. Happy Nursing!!:spin:
  11. by   meowmeow13
    Hi,

    I'm planning to apply to Wake Tech next spring. I have a B.A. and an M.S. in a social science field. Do you think that will put me at any advantage over others who apply with just a high school diploma or cc experience?
  12. by   WolfpackRed
    You should find out how they weight their wait list. I had heard that Wake Tech's wait list is "unweighted" meaning that students whose applications are in before yours get to enroll before you. Your prior degrees will not influence you application. I believe that Durham Tech is different. If you have your pre-req's complete and do what other requirements that they ask, i.e. complete your NA program, complete other non-nursing degree classes, like A&P I&II, micro, psychology, sociology, and other "general courses", which your former degrees should fulfill, you can actually jump ahead of others who have not completed these requirements.

    Anyways, best of luck.
  13. by   FutureNurse_203
    Hi Everyone,

    I have a few questions about ECPI. Hopefully, someone will have the answers I need. How much does the LPN Program cost in total? Do they offer day and evening classes? How often do there classes start? Most importantly, is there a waiting list?

    Are there any other LPN programs in the area?

    Thanks in Advance for your help!

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