Canyon College

  1. Has anyone ever done any coursework at Canyon College out of Caldwell Idaho? I am considering it for a MN in nursing education and would really like to talk to someone who is working on or has done the program.
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  3. by   NurseWeasel
    I live near enough to check on this and get back to you. I hesitate to say anything without at least a drive-by, but from the address and yahoo maps I'd say this is a VERY SMALL 'outfit' and advise caution.

    Please, anyone else with info, post it.

    Like I said, as soon as I can do so I will post again with more information.
  4. by   TELEpathicRN
    I checked into their BS program in Social Work, and it wasn't Nationally accredited...not sure about the nursing programs
  5. by   Tim-GNP
    They are not regionally accredited.

    I know everyone worries about NLN accreditation, and state board of nursing accreditation- but you should also concern yourself with REGIONAL accreditation. If you ever want to go back for an MSN or other degree- EVERY college requires that you hold a degree from a regionally accredited college or university. [for example, if you go for an MSN, you must have a bachelors from a 'regionally accredited' college or university].

    Good luck!
  6. by   Mkue
    You are right Tim ! Thanks .
  7. by   Tim-GNP
    If you are looking for a distance-ed MSN in nursing education, consider Drexel- check out their page at:

    http://www.drexel.com/Fields_of_Stud...Ed/index.shtml

    and... yes, they are regionally accredited
  8. by   NurseWeasel
    Just popping up to say that I haven't forgotten my promise to drive by and check out their home office. I think I can do so tomorrow.

    Thank you Tim-GNP and TELEpathicRN for the information about accreditation (or lack thereof). It makes me feel a little better about being "down" on them.
  9. by   Chaundra
    I emailed them for information and some of the things they said were definate 'red flags'.

    They encourage you to compelte the registration form and send the registration fee as soon as possible. This note is attached to each email they send you.

    There is no nursing department per se. Each course is run by the instructor, and there is no organizational hierarchy, other than people that run the whole college.

    They would not provide me with any references or letters from former or present students, though they did say that they were working on adding this to their website. They cited privacy as the reason, however this still concerns me.

    The courses look intersting, however because of these red flags, and the lack of accreditation I will probably pass.

    The prices were great (especially since I'm in Canada and have to pay exchange), but I guess you get what you pay for.

    Thanks for the link Tim-GNP, I'll check it out. Most of the U.S. programs are out of reach for me financially, so I may have to stay in Canada. University of Victoria has a new MSN online that looks great, I'll just have to wait until 2004 fall to start because the admission deadline has passed.

    NurseWeasel if you still want to check it out, it would probably be good so that others needing info on the college will get the whole picture.
  10. by   Chaundra
    To add to the list of cautions -

    I counted about 10 instructors, and in an email they indicated to me that they have 1144 students enrolled in the MSN program. (even if not all the students are actively taking courses it seems like alot). Many instructors teach more than one course. Also not all the instructors have graduate degrees in nursing (but in other fields)
  11. by   Tim-GNP
    Be careful of schools that also give you "testomonials" from students--- whenever they use 'emotional appeal', that's usually all they've got!
  12. by   NurseWeasel
    INTERESTING......

    OK I did the drive-by. However I had forgotten the yahoo map with their address on it at home, so I just looked at the total of 4 blocks of Poplar St in Caldwell to see what was there. When I got home I double checked the address because Poplar is totally residential except one building.... what used to be the Health & Welfare building. I noticed the big flag on the flagpole but didn't specifically look for signs on that building... I made the big mistake of ASSUMING that it was still the H&W building. When I got home and checked online with Yahoo, sure enough that's where the map indicates Canyon College is.

    Bottom line, I'm not sure if Canyon College is now in the building that used to be the Dept of H&W or if the address is bogus. I'll go back and double check sometime is someone really wants me to. I checked the H&W website and they do not show any current offices on Poplar so I'm assuming they moved.

    Next I checked out the Better Business Bureau. Here's a link. http://www.boise.bbb.org/report.html?compid=10002225

    Sorry I'm a little slow getting back to everyone, I hadn't wanted to drive over there solely for the drive-by so I waited til I had another excuse to be in the area.

    I'll have to concur with everyone else on this thread.... use caution! Make your own decision but please do so after a thorough investigation. That's all I'm going to say....
  13. by   NurseWeasel
    Still buggin' me.... I did a search on the address. I found an old directory online that listed that address as the H&W regional office, which has now changed locations. So that confirms that the location is indeed the building I suspected.

    Guess what else shows up? An online resume' for one of the "founding instructors" for Canyon College. Thought you may be interested, for whatever reason, so here's a link.
    http://www.franklin.edu/fachomepages.../townsend.html
  14. by   Chaundra
    Thanks for checking it out NurseWeasel

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