Quote from DutchgirlRN
I graduated from EC 3 years ago and feel I got a very good education. You get out of it what you put into it. I did not use any "for-profit" study guides. I used the free EC study guides, purchased the texts suggested in the study guide through www.half.com
. You don't have to get the current most expensive edition. Suppose they suggest the 12th edition, buy the 11th edition, the info is the same and the book is much, much cheaper. I passed each test with an A or a B. Courses took me anywhere from 6 weeks - 6 months to prepare for (A&P, Micro). My education cost me very little.
Know what you mean about the publishing comapny study guides. I haven't gone through any publishing companies and thank goodness, they will take you to the cleaners (and I have seen one of the study guides from Moore Publishing for A&P, it didn't tell you a thing you couldn't learn from the free study guide from Excelsior).
Since December '04 I have taken NC 1, 3, 4, A&P and Microbiology using nothing but the EC study guides and that may be a lot to take in a few weeks but I have managed to pass with a B on every one so far (taking NC 5 next week), which should tell you something about how thorough the EC study guides are. I prepared for A&P in two weeks and Microbiology in about 4 days...though I wouldn't suggest doing that if you want to keep your sanity, 5 minutes of my day didn't go by I wasn't studying in some form or another.
Anyhow, this isn't about Deaconess, sorry OP.
I would like to ask the OP why she doesn't consider Excelsior? Excelsior isn't a fly by night school with a terrible reputation or anything, and if you compare the cost to Deaconess you can't beat it.