Reviews of LPN programs - page 2

by Amandamay

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I was wondering if anyone could give me some feedback on the LPN programs at either Concorde Career College of Apollo College?... Read More


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    If you are looking at going into an RN program, why dont you just skip the LPN and just go for the RN? I don't know where you are hoping to work, but most hospitals do not hire LPN, if there are LPNs there it is because the have been grandfathered in.
    From what I have heard is that credits from trade schools do not transfer to colleges. Smart for you to check on the transferablity of the credits, also check as to what thier accreditation is, what is thier NCLEX pass rate is and how many students do they graduate compared to how many the start out with.
    I understand that you probably want to get started in nursing school, but if your ultimate goal is to be a RN, I would hope that you would try to get into a RN program.
    There is a student in my cohort who was a LPN, she was given a skills test and knowledge test to see where they should place her at in our program, out of a 6 term program, the LPN started at term 2, so having paid that $25,000 and spending a year becoming a LPN didn't put her very far ahead. I understand that there are bridge programs, but the cost of a LPN and a bridge program are very expenisve. More so than the cost of going the CC route for the RN.
    Good Luck in whatever you decide.
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    Yes, an RN program would be best. Unfortunately, due to time & distance constraints I need to gain as much ground as I can in the next year and the only way to do so is a 14-16 month LPN program with one my local the trade schools. Thank you so much for the advice and encouragement, it's much appreciated.
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    Hi ivanna:
    I am so intrigued by your reply here:

    "There is a student in my cohort who was a LPN, she was given a skills test and knowledge test to see where they should place her at in our program, out of a 6 term program, the LPN started at term 2, so having paid that $25,000 and spending a year becoming a LPN didn't put her very far ahead."

    What RN program is it that you can place into a specific term? Does this mean that she skipped the first two quarters of the Associate Degree RN program and just started on the 3rd quarter? I didn't know that we had anything like this in Oregon...so I am eager to hear about this.

    She was a working LPN for a year before she was accepted into the RN program, right? Did she have hospital/nursing home experience or office nurse experience?

    Thanks in advance for the information.
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    Hi Wyomtorlpn,

    I don't know what kind of training she had, or how long that she had worked, just that she was a LPN, and they evaluated her for her skills and knowledge. She started the 2nd quarter of our program so she was only 1 quarter ahead, and this is at PCC, so an ASN program. She had to go through the lottery system, like eveyone else, just got to skip the first term, as she already had that knowledge.
    Years ago when the colleges would let the 1st year students sit for NCLEX-LP, they would allow LPN's apply to the 2nd year of the program, but then the colleges stopped allowing the students to sit for the LPN exam.
    I know that my school did this for this one LPN, however next year my college is going to OCNE and I dont know if that all changes now.
    I remeber reading something at OHSU website about advance placement for lpn's in thier RN program, but this was a couple of years ago, when I was considering doing the LPN - RN route
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    Quote from Amandamay
    Anyone out there have any feedback on Pioneer Pacific's LPN program?
    Their Fin Aid dept is the worst I have seen. in the year I was there the state had to step in at least 3 times
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    I am currently attending Apollo and so far enjoying it. Yes, it is expensive, yes, they promise a lot, but I am glad I got into the program. The teachers are very nice and very-very helpful! They work with you and they really want you to succeed. It is tough and gets tougher every semester.
    I know that Pioneer Pacific is a joke! Don't really know anything about Concorde college. I talked to their rep once and he wasn't very nice. He kept pushing me to chose Medical Assistance program.
    Do your research, if you chose Apollo, I have an advice for you. Don't buy their books. They are charging too much for them. Half of our class went online and got books for at least 40 dollars cheaper!
    Good luck!
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    Hello! To the above poster thank you so much for your info! I recently got information from apollo about the next start date which is July so I'm thinking about going with them. I have all of my prereqs done from community college but am sick of the wait so hopefully I get to skip first semester if I choose to go to Apollo. I have yet to contact Concorde just to see the differences between the two, but I'm leaning more towards Apollo.

    Ada
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    Ada, hello!
    We contacted different schools before we chose Apollo. And again, it is not the perfect school but not the worst one =)
    Good luck and hope you have a great journey!
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    Has anyone gone to Valley Medical College in Salem? Is it any good?
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    test!


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