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- Sep 26, '07 by zenmanQuote from HydakinsOne thing to consider is that some programs may be "teaching to pass standardized tests such as the NCLEX," something common in our educational system. My teacher wife refused to do it one year and her students beat all the others. Personally, I'm for throwing out GRE and all college entrance exams and just let people in and see how they do. In fact, revamp the entire system...:spin:In the state where I currently live, the BSN programs either have a terrible entrance process or a long waiting list. I chose a diploma program because the school is highly reputable. The universities and colleges mostly seem to have NCLEX passing rates in the 80s while the associate and diploma programs mostly have 99-100% passing rates. .
- Sep 27, '07 by HydakinsWhile that may be true in certain schools, we began clinical rotations at hospitals on the 2nd day of school. It is VERY hands-on. They are very much into teaching us how to become successful nurses as well as preparing us to pass the NCLEX. But I do understand what you are saying. It just depends on the school, which is why it is ALWAYS good to do thorough research before wasting money on application fees. Also keep in mind that just because a schools name is known, does not mean that ALL of its programs are the greatest. For example: Princeton Univ in NJ is really known for its law program but not for nursing.
- Sep 27, '07 by suzy253Quote from HydakinsGood for youIn the state where I currently live, the BSN programs either have a terrible entrance process or a long waiting list. I chose a diploma program because the school is highly reputable. The universities and colleges mostly seem to have NCLEX passing rates in the 80s while the associate and diploma programs mostly have 99-100% passing rates. To me, a degree does not always equal and education. I chose the better program because becoming a competent nurse is my goal. I can and will go for my bachelors and masters degrees afterwards. I also live alone and the rent goes up every year (not to mention other bills), but my salary does not increase enough to keep me in a "safe zone". I need to make more money faster without having a large amount of money to pay back after I graduate. Also, many workplaces have tuition reimbursement and monetary incentives for continuing your education. Wherever I choose to work can help me to both: repay my current loan AND aid in paying for my schooling when I continue on. To me, it really boils down to the better education and the perks that come along in the future. Even if it takes me an extra year, it will help tokeep my out of pocket costs down in the future.
I'm a grad of a three-year diploma program and I can definitely say you will be very well prepared. The NCSBN has posted the NCLEX pass rates and diploma grads are #1. Good luck to you.