So this is wayyyy past due but I did end up starting the program and did finish the first half of the program. Unfortunately it was too hard for me to be so far from hubby since he had gotten back from a year long deployment and then had to live so far. I had gotten an apt in Portland and it was taking a toll on our finances, more than I felt comfortable with. We also got orders to PCS to AK and it was just too much. It was such a hard decision to leave. I would have loved to finish the lpn portion. I still have friends who are finishing up their preceptorship. Ill give you a couple of bits of info.
A. If you have taken any traditional science pre req course, this entire program is EASY!!! I think the only thing you could fail is lab, which some did. If you have patient care under your belt you will do better on the lab then others since you know how it works going through a CNA program and how to do skills to the states liking. As long as you grasp the essential parts of skills you will do fine.
B. honestly, some of these courses are definitely not up to standard of a regional accredited school (which they obviously are not) So you are paying a lot to get in sooner and take an easier than traditional route. In a way, I loved it, since they gave you the basic foundation of things you will actually use. When taking a traditional course you have to understand it on a much deeper system and will probably never use it in the nursing field. On another note, I sometimes felt like it was a joke and was hard to take this program serious. The worst grade I got was a B in medical terminology
which would have been an easy A had I studied, but since nothing transfers didn't put much effort in.
C. Since its still so new, they will continue changing things as people complain about some classes. Such as the new cohorts having 2 pharmacology instead of 1. We had one, it was super easy and someone complained about it. She was ****** said it was too easy yet she got a B on the final. Someone who found it to be sooo easy should have received an A lol. Either way, as much as I found it easy, I like that the biggest part we learned is how to research and find our way around the Drug books, which is exactly what you will be doing as an LPN. But go in openly knowing that one week could change from the next. Be flexible!
D. This course is set up to pass, not fail, although there are some teachers that if they don't like you, have been accused of failing students. This is not a very "professional" school. Unfortunately teachers WILL choose favorites, which is a bit ridiculous. If you don't pass the ATI testing, they will not move you forward and allow you to sit for NCLEX-PN and its not because they are worried about you being an uneducated nurse, but it will bring their %down on the board of nursing, and they could lose accreditation through Oregon BON. In this regard, I'm still weary. However if I don't get into a nursing program by the time we leave AK, I will be going back to finish. I know a couple of people who have failed all the tests or just passed with a D, yet they have "passed" the term. Lol It's just the way they have it set up with grading. Only 1 teacher is actually "qualified" to teach in this program. There were 3, but the 2 others quit (both leaving unhappy) lol We all loved one of them who quit due to issues with the school, the other I personally liked, but no one else did as she was a tougher grader. I felt she was preparing us more but...well that's that...BTW the lady in charge of the program, not using any names is, lets say.....less than genuine and should not be in charge. If you have ever dealt with speaking to someone and they put on a fake smile, while they pretty much say No, I'm not willing to help you but have a nice day; Just the best explanation I can give.
E. Take caution when entering the RN program. Remember they ARE NOT accredited. Since its a brand new program they are on probation for the first 2 years and if they fail, your degree is NO GOOD! This is why I would not do the RN program with them until they have had a couple of cohorts go through and pass. Another reason, is remember this school is EXTREMELY UNORGANIZED. Or at least the nursing program is. Also I hear everyone saying they are waiting until the RN program opens, remember you have to go through the LPN portion first.
F. Be flexible!!! You will have your schedule given to you at the start of each term, but I GUARANTEE things will change and more often than it should.
G. You will not be given grades until you have started the next term. Sounds ridiculous, I KNOW!! So basically if you fail, you won't know until you have started the next term and have to pay for the next term. After I left, my old class didn't get their grades until like 2 months after they started the next term, can you believe that crap?! Well that's pretty much how it works here lol at the end of each term, you do the first week of the next term and then you get your week off. I believe they do this for two reasons: 1. So that regardless, they can charge you for the next lol 2. So you have homework on your break lol
H. As much as myself amongst my friends still there "like" the program we couldn't help but laugh at a lot of things we seen, like I said, some things are just a joke lol
Take this info for what it's worth when making your decision. In my eyes, this is my rationale:
Paying ALOT of money for an easy program who will pretty much accept anyone and pretty much anyone can pass but you have to deal with it not transferring if you don't finish and have to put up with a lot of unorganization amongst the other crap I wrote. On a good note, if you can take responsibility to educate yourself "more" than they prepare you for, you will do well. I thought when I saw their pass rate, I couldn't question it. You WILL feel different when you enter and see how it all works.