" I am adamant that these programs are not EDUCATION. I am not sure what they are."
Like a lot of the for-profit vocational education racket, they are exploitation
. They are the natural extension of the idea that your only duty in operating a business is to make a profit and let the buyer beware. The reason that they are able to continue to operate is that:
1. Some states have weak licensure standards
2. The federal government subsidizes them through Pell grants and student loans. Some in Congress have tried hard to tighten standards for schools
using those grants and loans, but others - those who think private business never does anything wrong and government's only function is to give money to business - have blocked those efforts.
These schools - like many other for-profit vocational ed programs - prey on the weakness of desperate and hopeful people, take their money and the taxpayers' money, give them a second rate education that doesn't really prepare them for work and then move on to the next sucker.
I'm a believer that LVN/LPN nurses have an important role to play in health care. But they need to be properly educated and can't be used interchangeabley with RNs as too many facilities try to do.