Where do I begin? First off let me start by saying that Cumberland University Nursing program is designed to weed people out so they can maintain good NCLEX pass rates. The reason I say this is because they overwhelm you with classes in your first semester. And just before you say anything, I know its nursing school
and its suppose to be hard and challenging but they Do Not
set you up for success there. The fact is that they will allow you into there pricey program even though you do not have your pre reqs done. Which means you are finishing up your pre reqs while taking your core nursing classes. I have a girl in my class for example who is taking her nursing core classes which consist of Nursing Foundations, Dosage Calculations, Health Assessment and on top of that she has Pathophysiology and 2 history classes all at the same time. Most people there are taking one or two pre reqs while taking there core nursing classes which is crazy! At first I did not think nothing of it since I was excited to be in nursing school but then the reality hit me, that myself and a majority of others were overwhelmed and not able to keep up. I am not a stranger to hard work but when you talk to your professor one-on-one, have tutoring sessions and study 3 to 4 hours a day and still are not successful in a class then the problem lies with the school and professor of that subject. Its terrible to see my classmates stress because a majority of them are not passing a class or two because of the over load of classes on their schedule. I can sit here and write a novel on how horrible this school is for nursing. It might have been a good school in the past but has gone down the tubes. Basically on top of the course work over load, you have extra Kaplan test which if don't score well you have a possibility of not passing the class and there is no way to study for the kaplan test by the way. You have to maintain a 77 or better in order to pass your class. And lets say you are on the border of 77 and do not score well on Kaplan then you pretty much failed the class. A 77 sounds easy to maintain but when its all lecture and barely any hands on. Its rough. Then you have to deal with them being unorganized when it comes to labs and the best part is, you have to watch a youtube video on how to do something and are expected to know how to perform it properly for check offs! With little hands on instruction! And FYI, the classrooms are old and the lab is a dump. All used equipment that they received from Aquinas when they shut down recently. There is not enough equipment there for people to practice especially when you are paying 12 thousand dollars a semester! They have the money to renovate and provide top notch equipment but they choose not to. I am just trying to warn you! Explore your options! I would not recommend this school to anyone. Stay far, far away! If your going to spend the money then invest it in a better place where they will help you succeed and not fail. This is my first and last semester there. I am transferring somewhere else after this semester is over. I wish somebody would have told me these thing prior because I would have waited and got all my pre reqs done first then shopped around for schools
. Please let me know if you have any other questions.