NCCU's program

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    Has anyone heard anything about NCCU's programs, like the BSN or ABSN programs? I tried to contact someone at the school but never received a reply and I also requested info through their website and still nothing (and Duke and UNC sent materials within 1 to 3 days of my request).

    Just trying to figure out anything about their program because minimal information is on their website to give you some good insight.

    Any current students or alum able to give some comments?
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    Well I don't know much about Central...I didn't even know they had an ABSN program until recently. I think they just started it this year. I do know that according to the NLNAC's (National League for Nursing Accreditation Commission) Central was one of the first nursing schools in north carolina to be accredited.
    http://www.nlnac.org/Forms/directorySearch.asp

    Unfortunately I've been unable to locate their NCLEX pass rate.

    Good luck!
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    Quote from MotivatedOne
    Well I don't know much about Central...I didn't even know they had an ABSN program until recently. I think they just started it this year. I do know that according to the NLNAC's (National League for Nursing Accreditation Commission) Central was one of the first nursing schools in north carolina to be accredited.
    http://www.nlnac.org/Forms/directorySearch.asp

    Unfortunately I've been unable to locate their NCLEX pass rate.

    Good luck!
    Well after doing some more digging on their program through some online research it seems as though they have had a recent history of being put on probationary status because they missed the recommended state minimum pass rate (or something like that) by a few percentage points (they had 82% and 85% was needed). This was an article from the news and observer so you can probably locate it online too. Would share the thread with you if I still had it. I got the overall impression that it's not a bad program but it could use some improvements and improvements are underway.
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    Quote from mommyonamission
    Well after doing some more digging on their program through some online research it seems as though they have had a recent history of being put on probationary status because they missed the recommended state minimum pass rate (or something like that) by a few percentage points (they had 82% and 85% was needed). This was an article from the news and observer so you can probably locate it online too. Would share the thread with you if I still had it. I got the overall impression that it's not a bad program but it could use some improvements and improvements are underway.
    They have drastically improved their program. I can remember when their NCLEX pass rate was in the 60's.
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    Quote from NC Girl RN
    They have drastically improved their program. I can remember when their NCLEX pass rate was in the 60's.
    Really? Wow. Yeah I heard they had a pass rate slightly under 85% recently so that is a marked improvement from that 60s rate. I think I'm going to try to visit the program to find out more in person.
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    Hello again, any news on NCCU - did you go visit them in person? how does it look? do they seem organized?

    The way they described the ABSN makes me wonder if I would qualify. I always thought that in order to get in to an ABSN program you needed to have a bachelor's in something. This sounds like my 90 credits would count towards a BSN so that I would mostly need to take the clinicals, which is exactly where I stand for Durham Tech. The difference is that at the end of the same amount of coursework I'd have an associates at DTech and a bachelor's at NCCU. I guess the big issue is the quality. Although the bigger issue is passing the NCLEX.

    I did go recently to the admissions officer at UNC to ask her if in their eyes there was a difference in where I got my RN. She said there was no difference, the biggest issue was whether I passed the NCLEX and what experience I brought with me (I was asking about the MSN). So then cost and convenience become the biggest issues for me as I consider where to go.
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    Quote from NCphoenix
    Hello again, any news on NCCU - did you go visit them in person? how does it look? do they seem organized?

    The way they described the ABSN makes me wonder if I would qualify. I always thought that in order to get in to an ABSN program you needed to have a bachelor's in something. This sounds like my 90 credits would count towards a BSN so that I would mostly need to take the clinicals, which is exactly where I stand for Durham Tech. The difference is that at the end of the same amount of coursework I'd have an associates at DTech and a bachelor's at NCCU. I guess the big issue is the quality. Although the bigger issue is passing the NCLEX.

    I did go recently to the admissions officer at UNC to ask her if in their eyes there was a difference in where I got my RN. She said there was no difference, the biggest issue was whether I passed the NCLEX and what experience I brought with me (I was asking about the MSN). So then cost and convenience become the biggest issues for me as I consider where to go.
    Yeah same for me too. And you're right, I think ABSN is for second degree students only. The only thing I'm really concerned about for the BSN option is the cost (and the chances of getting accepted!).

    The NCLEX does appear to be the big deal at the end of the day. Again, I was impressed with Durham Tech's prep for their students.

    As for visiting NCCU, not yet. I'm going to try to call them early next week and arrange something. I'll keep you posted.
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    Definitely go visit before you decide. I visited informally in June when I took the GRE and decided if I don't get into Duke and/or UNC that I will try going the ADN-BSN route before even thinking about NCCU. I think the Wake Tech and Durham Tech nurses are awesome and very well prepared. I did not get that impression from NCCU. Maybe some grads can step in and tell me otherwise? No one would recommend it to me.
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    I emailed NCCU but have not received any information yet just the generic response stating they received my request. I also contacted Watts SON but Mt. Olive only offers an Associates in Liberal Arts not a bachelor's so there's no point in me going there. For the same amount of time, I might as well go to a school that is cheaper and still very high quality. It still seems that the best option is Durham Tech. Once I have an RN, I can go to Duke's RN to MSN online program. Since that's my ultimate goal, it doesn't seem necessary to get a bachelor's in anything. It just seemed like I should and could given the amount of credits I already have. I still need to go talk to someone at Duke but won't be able to until the end of the month at the earliest.
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    Quote from NCphoenix
    I emailed NCCU but have not received any information yet just the generic response stating they received my request. I also contacted Watts SON but Mt. Olive only offers an Associates in Liberal Arts not a bachelor's so there's no point in me going there. For the same amount of time, I might as well go to a school that is cheaper and still very high quality. It still seems that the best option is Durham Tech. Once I have an RN, I can go to Duke's RN to MSN online program. Since that's my ultimate goal, it doesn't seem necessary to get a bachelor's in anything. It just seemed like I should and could given the amount of credits I already have. I still need to go talk to someone at Duke but won't be able to until the end of the month at the earliest.
    I'm sort of there with you. Still not completely decided on which options to pursue, but I'm making progress to move forward. Durham Tech is my top choice so far too. Just because it seems to have a solid program and is SO much more affordable.

    A rep from NCCU did contact me back last week. I think her name was Melucian. We only talked via email but she was really nice and very open to me coming to campus and speaking with her. Of course, it took WEEKS to finally receive any contact from someone but at least I know now that the school didn't shut down! The head of the program also had her assistant respond to me too. So, as forewarning for when you do get a response, I will say that I was a little disappointed with how they present their curriculum, the requirements, etc. Both Melucian and the assistant sent me a couple attachments (can send them to you if you want...would just need your email address). It's not the easiest, straight forward documents to read and you'd think they would try to be as brief and succinct as Duke or as detailed and forward as UNC, since I would assume those programs would be considered "competitors". Go figure.

    Anyway, I would definitely like to know how your visit to Duke goes. I had no idea they had an RN to MSN program that didn't require you to already have a BSN. Will have to check that out online. Thanks


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