South College - Asheville, NC?

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    Hey Everyone!


    I just finished my pre-req's w/my local community college and I'm looking @ putting some apps at some of the colleges in my area (I don't want to put all my eggs in one basket). I saw that South College has a nursing program, but the problem is, I've never heard of South College and there isn't a lot of information about them online. What I'm looking for is to see if anyone has had any experience w/them, thoughts, etc. I'm not from Asheville, so this would be a drive, but to make this dream a reality, I may have to put my feelers out. Any information is greatly appreciated!

    Thanks

    ~Alexandra
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    Hi there! Here is my opinion of South College. I was one day from registering for classes and completely had this feeling that this school wasn't the best choice for these reasons:

    - It's a private school so it cost more
    - Completely unorganized, they forgot to even make sure I paid the application fee of $50
    - As much as they glamorize that they cater to those who are looking for night classes, they tried to make me take day classes as I told them I was a working parent as most of the students are
    - I already had a bachelors so I had most of the prereqs except for one semester.
    - It's about $5,000 each semester no matter how many classes you take.
    - Between that one semester and the nursing program I was quoted about $25,000
    - Everytime I went to the school they had different people working because people kept leaving
    - And the kicker.......NONE OF THE CREDITS TRANSER ANYWERE!!

    Personally if I'm going to spend $25,000 I need my credits to transfer to mars and back!!
    As of right now I'm at AB Tech and I'm happy about my decision. I apply to the program in a couple weeks and will start the program next fall IF I get in. Had I had went to South College I would have finished a year sooner and $25,000 more in debt vs maybe less than half that at AB Tech. I hope this helps!!
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    Hey Jazzy,

    I completely forgot about this post, lol . I went up to visit SC because they refuse to do any inquiries over the phone and met with an advisor with my transcript, then met the nursing director as well. They all gave me their sales pitch and my impression of them reminded me of car salesmen. They said that someone was going to approve my math class because they couldn't wrap mind around it or i'd have to take a class there, plus wouldn't it be better to take classes with us to get those extra 11 pts. I looked over their point system and pointed out that since I made A's that would make up their 11 pt difference for being a contender into their program. So they went and got my math class approved, but something just told me in the back of my mind that if I did apply to their nursing program, my math class would not qualify me even with an override, maybe I was being a negative Nancy IDK. Afterwards, they constanty called and emailed me at home, harassing me to apply. I wasn't going to apply unless absolutely certain I wanted to go since my job just laid us off, a $50.00 application fee is a lot of money when I gotta feed my kiddo. So, to help with my decision, I also went to their nursing seminar and as you said, it was very disorganized.

    After crunching the #'s and put into account the "something doesn't feel quite right", I decided not to apply. If I am going to spend that much, I better be coming out with a BSN, not an Associates. I also didn't want to fight to justify why i've taken this certain required math class that is the pre req for most NC community colleges. My decision is to apply to a few local CC's instead and hope to get into the fall 2012 ADN program. Maybe it is like this with all private schools (I am not an expert as I have never been to one beyond SC) to make applicants feel as this is just a money making scheem. South College maybe for some, but it is not for me.
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    BuffaloGirl you hit the nail on the head.......A SALES PITCH! I felt the same way. I'm glad someone understands, for a minute I thought it was me. AB Tech has a program too where you do 3 years at AB Tech then the last year at WCU and earn a bachelors. For those 3 years you pay CC tuition then the last year you will pay WCU tuition. It's just another option. Nevertheless I hope you are able to get into a program. Keep me posted! We shall encourage each other through our journey!
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    Hey Jazzy,

    I agree, encouragement is always appreciated. One of the best things they told us @ SC (during the nursing seminar) was we should look @ each other as future classmates and not as competition. My girlfriend is wanting to take the EMS/T program with ABTech and she keeps talking about going to visit but we can never meet up due to schedules :\
    I didn't know about that program! I was thinking about taking it with Mayland and completing it w/Lees-McRae but i'd rather pay 3 yrs of CC tuition then 2, lol. I'll defiantly keep you posted, as I'd love to have someone to talk to about this journey! TY for everything..
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    As far as South College goes, expensive: Yes however, accredited and a good program. When looking for a school you should look not only at the price but the statistics (graduation rate, teacher/ student ratio, accreditation, job placement rate and NCLEX pass rate)
    South college has a 90% graduation rate
    South College has a 93% NCLEX pass rate

    Blue Ridge CC is on probation from the state due to, last I saw, NCLEX 33% pass rate.
    AB Tech has a 76% NCLEX pass rate. and a wait list, they say they don't but if you don't have your pre-requisites completed good luck getting them done in a reasonable time period as some classes are only offered once a year and fill up quickly. A friend has been waiting 2 years to get in due to this.

    I just graduated from the program, 1st time pass the NCLEX, was on the wait list at AB Tech would just be starting the program, went to South College, and I'm out, working. I had 3 job offers from hospitals before I graduated and 10 after.

    Its a personal thing, I guess. But the staff was more than professional and the program is challenging. So If you want to wait, wait, if money is an issue, it was and is for me, it is an issue. Yes it is a private for profit school however my experience at the college was great. I had all the same concerns about the college but after enrolling I was pleased. South College is a good school with a good rep at the hospitals. I had no problems at all. Also on a side note, 2015 they will have a BSN program, fully accredited. And for all the people that say credits won't transfer to other schools, well they are wrong. I'm enrolled at a RN-MSN program, not online but at Duke University and they took everything.
    So if you want to wait for a cheaper alternative, then wait but my experience with the staff and school was a positive one, and my 21 classmates (which all passed the NCLEX the first time) will share the same experience. Anyone who wants to PM me about my experience please do.


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