I had to respond to your post because my experience at PSI has been the exact opposite. It seems that many nursing schools are experiencing an influx of students right now. This seems especially true in the Ohio/Michigan area. Both states provide assistance to people seeking degrees in high demand fields like nursing, and residents of both states have fallen on hard times economically. PSI's student population is very diverse, but the students all have one thing in common- they've passed the entrance test and earned the right to pursue a degree there. I am now a senior at PSI and my class consists of STNAs, former medical assistants, factory workers, and some stay at home moms that have made the decision to become nurses. To me, this says that PSI is accessible, and willing to give any person that has EARNED acceptance to the program a chance to pursue a degree. From there, it is up to the individual whether he or she will succeed. In my opinion, a person who is not "legitimately interested in nursing" will quickly fail the program. But who am I, or you, to judge who is really interested? PSI is difficult, and it is true that many classes end up with a small percentage of the students they started with. However, many students that fail a course return to complete the program. Last quarter PSI had a 100% NCLEX pass rate, and in the past it has hovered around 99%. The students that decide to work hard and devote themselves to their education complete the program and go on to pass the NCLEX and become nurses. It's as simple as that. Yes, the lab at PSI is small. Currently they are renovating a much larger space to house their growing student body. I never saw this as a major issue. Nursing school is what you make of it. I am proud to be a PSI student. The nurses that come out of this school are confident, well-educated, and prepared for the challenges they will face in the field.
If anyone out there is considering PSI I highly recommend it! Just be aware it is an accelerated program. It is difficult, and you will feel frustrated, and overwhelmed at times, but any nursing program will make you feel that way. I am very satisfied with the education I received there, and I know that I'll be a great nurse because of it!