Crown College, located west of Minneapolis, provides nationally ranked nursing programs including the traditional Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) and the Registered Nurse (RN) to BSN degrees.
Classes: On Campus
Crown College itself is a wonderful college with a great mission statement. If students buy into the experience, their time at Crown will be most likely a very positive experience. I loved my time at Crown for many reasons, but most of them were related to the college, not necessarily the nursing program. This is not to say that I didn't enjoy or appreciate the nursing department; Crown just had many opportunities to branch outside of the department. I was able to be involved in athletics and complete all my academic requirements; Crown worked very well with me and encouraged me to continue. Crown College competes in NCAA division III athletics, and competes against several other small private colleges in the area. Classes are relatively small and professors are more than happy to meet one-on-one to discuss anything. Academically, it seemed to me that Crown did admit more applicants than the average nursing program, but the academic standards were very high and it was not an easy task to complete the program (as any nursing program should be). Crown is a private college, so costs are definitely higher, but as compared to other private institutions, it is relatively affordable. The lovely campus sits in St. Bonifacius, MN, a rural suburb of Minneapolis, MN.
The staff at Crown College are fantastic. The professors are all very knowledgeable and experienced nurses and care very much about the students and their education. Whatever whims us students had towards just about anything, the professors were willing to listen and discuss with us. While they were very caring, they also were pretty tough academically and challenged my class to the best of our abilities. All other staff were also great; just about everyone that worked there seemed like they enjoyed their jobs and were happy to help with anything.
The only negative experience I really had was because Crown is a small rural school, they are limited in the area of staffing/professors. We had a professor suddenly resign in the middle of the year, which threw the program into chaos and forced other professors to take on more responsibility due to the inability of the college to hire another professor. I fully believe that if this had not happened, my experience would have been free of negatives (minus the normal difficulties of any nursing program).
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