I'm in their nights and weekends program right now.
Transfer dept is by far the best i've ever worked with (i've attended three different colleges and spoke with transfer depts in two others). It was a total Godsend when I was getting my stuff put together. Same goes for their financial aid dept, best i've worked with so far!
Only college in the area w/ a nights and weekends program and so far they've really stuck to that. I have yet to have to come in before 5:00 for anything required.
Very good NCLEX pass rate. Off the top of my head I want to say it was 95 or 97% last year. That is for day and evening programs combined. My one prof stated that last years nights class was 100% first try passes.
Nursing skills lab is awesome and VERY helpful. You also do clinical in Mercy Hospitals so all of the technology used in the hospitals are the same things we have in the lab. Very cool sim man's that you can practice anything on including blood pressure, lung sounds, heart sounds, pulse, bowel sounds, naso-gastric suctioning, etc.
Small school - My nights class started w/ 50 people and I think days may start w/ 90-100 not sure. I know most of my classmates by name now and the instructors know most of us by name as well. You don't have to walk in from 6 miles away because it's a small campus. Our clinical groups first semester when we had the most people still only averaged 7-8 people so you get a lot of one on one time if you need it.
Accreditation - Right now there are not a lot of options for a NATIONALLY accredited ADN program in the Toledo area since the whole Owens ordeal.
Very hands on. We don't just stick to the dummies. We have practiced both injections and IV's on each other which I know some people don't like but I think it's been very helpful. Makes you not so nervous if your not sticking a pt for your first ever attempt.
It was NOT required of us but more of a "if you want to practice sign a waiver and we'll help you do it" thing.
The flip side of being a small school is that it can make it hard for choosing certain classes because a lot of classes you need are only offered a certain semester and there aren't a ton of different electives offered for you to use for your humanities/social science credits. Same w/ being offered at different times. A lot of your classes will only have one section so you don't have a variety of time options like you would at a bigger school. If you fail a nursing class you're going to have to wait an entire year for that class to come up again to retake.
Cost - It is a private school so your cost is going to be a lot more than what it would be at a community college, but that also makes it easier to get into. Even w/ a good GPA (4.0 in sciences and 3.6 something over all), I was looking at a wait for Owens, I didnt have a problem getting into Mercy. However, I know a lot of people that had planned on going to Owens are trying to get into Mercy for the fall so I don't know what that will do for wait list and so on.
Grading Scale - This is kind of a pro and a con, but the grading scale at Mercy is tougher than I've seen at some nursing school
's in the area. An 80% is the lowest possible C and the lowest possible passing grade. I guess the good side of that is it makes you study your butt off!
Pharm - I really wish there had been a separate pharm class. Right now you get a pharm book and there is a little bit incorporated into each nursing class. It think it would have been better to have a separate class like the BSN program does. BUT I hear that there is currently a full review of the curriculum going on and that is one possible area they are considering changing for future classes.
Overall I would recommend the program. I have heard from more than one person (and not just people associated with the college) that a new Mercy grad trumps other new ADN grads from local programs as far as preparedness goes. Plus you have a bit of an edge with hiring as Mercy hospitals like to hire Mercy grads when they can.
I would most definitely try and knock your pre-reqs and other non-nursing classes out of the way somewhere else first. Not just for the cost, but because the classes are intensive. I know days is even more intensive then our nights program (nights is considered part time and goes a few extra semesters) and I can't imagine! I work a FT job and have a family on top of nursing school though. hth