phlowtey... my above reply to this thread, were my opinions, based on my experiences, and my communication with my advisor at BC3. I never accused the school of unfair and negligent methods of choosing it's nursing students for the program.... I stated they didn't care. I also stated they do nothing other than look at your GPA, and it is the truth. - compared to other schools who try to make a serious effort. I have had friends go through the program and none of them know how they got in, other than their grades. (Where you given any special treatment?) No pre-entrance exam...no written essay... no professional references... no interview. BC3, thus knows NOTHING about you, other than a NUMBER...a GPA. It does not take a nurse with a master's degree to look at a number. BC3 would have no other information to base a sound decision on... what are they going to look at... my address... my student id number.
really? There is NO OTHER professional or personal information they would have on me, to choose me as a nursing student, or not!!!
I know interviews and references can be swayed.... but knowing the school I am attending, cares about me and my education enough, to get to know me, speaks volumes. I am not just a number. Interviews happen everyday at jobs all across America. If they weren't useful, why are thousands of people wasting their time everyday? I, myself would not hire anyone who I have never met. (have to ask... would you?) I would ask for a professional reference to aid in my decision. Does the person have a strong work ethic.. are they notorious for being late? In a legit reference, and interview a lot could be revealed. It is a chance, like everything else. BC3, in my opinion is taking huge chances and risks, by not getting to know it's pre-nursing students. ALL, they care about your number, your high gpa, so at the end, they look good when you pass the NCLEX.
(wonder if it isn't time that the word has got out, and LOCAL employers have caught on?)
There is another thread on allnurses, worth reading. Someone (bizmom?) posted, that upon graduating BC3, they filled out 80 applications, and has yet to be called for an interview. They stated that they think BC3 is a turn off to employers. Again, not to openly offend, but another perspective.
We each are entitled to our own opinions, and at this point we will just have to disagree. I don't care enough to waste anymore time on the matter. I know what I have experienced and nothing is going to change my mind. BC3 is a great place to start a career, just not a nursing careeer. I do beleive that all schools have their own ups and downs, and, in the end it is what each of us chooses to tolerate and / or accept.
I wish you all the best, because ideally, it does not matter where you get your education, as long as YOU are happy and proud of it. It is a free country, and All that matters is what YOU think of the program.... Not what I think of the program.