Quote from terra105
fireball 78 and ashelyisawesome...can you please give me info on your experiences with either program?
You should pat yourself on the back for getting accepted into nursing school, 2 programs at that!!! Congratulations
LCCC's program is very difficult. They prepare students very well for passing NCLEX. IMHO, real nursing takes place on the job after schooling is complete. LCCC instructors provide additional support if you need it. I was a mess during school because of my low self-esteem, but I asked for help when I needed it and I rose up to the challenge --sink or swim.
If you choose LCCC's program, you could be completing clinicals at Lehigh Valley-Cedar Crest, St. Lukes Bethlehem and Allentown campus', Sacred Heart Hospital in Allentown, and Palmerton and Gnaden Huetten Hospital. I like LCCC's program because even though there is not an additional medication administration class, they go through medications every semester in each lecture they give. The instructors of the program are very strict. If they deem you as unsafe, they will either provide remediation after hours or fail you from clinical and the program. If you fail clinical they are not likely to take you back into the program. If you fail a class, you can reapply and come back the next year. You can only repeat one class though.
The instructors are tough, very tough, but they are human too and they are just trying to put competent, assertive nurses out into the world. They do a great job and I have high respect for most of the instructors. (They won't admit this, but they do curve the grades! They have to or 40-50% of the class would have failed out each semester which wouldn't look good for their program. The 1st year is the toughest, specifically 2nd semester - med/surg nursing)
Nursing school is definitely not a party! Get ready for long nights, lots of paper writing, and lots of studying the next 2 years. If you're like me, there will also be plenty of crying and 'curled-up-in-fetal-position' moments. The journey is all worth it though in the end.
Good luck in your decision and congratulations!!! If you have any more questions let me know.