Broward College offers ACEN accredited Associate of Science in Nursing (ASN) programs, including the LPN to RN transition program, and CCNE accredited Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) programs.
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PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE, do yourselves a favor and do not attend Broward College's RN program. There are so many problems with this program, but instead of going into all of the details of how I witnessed almost each and every one of my classmates get picked off one by one, I'm going to give you the shortest possible version of why to avoid it, and what to do in the unfortunate event that you don't take my advice and chose to attend their anyhow.
First of all, if you look at the program's graduation rate, you will see that only around 30% of students who begin the program actually end up finishing it. They like to keep these statistics to themselves unless you specifically ask for it. Now to put this number into perspective, you then need to look at how many of those students get straight through the program without failing any courses and having their graduations postponed for at least 6 months to a year (maybe even more). I can tell you from my own personal experience that out of the 127 students who started the program with me, only 4 of us made it through without being failed for some of the most ridiculous of reasons. After our first semester alone our class size dropped from 127 to 67. Now no one said nursing school is supposed to be easy, but something just is not right...It could be that because every time a student fails a course they are then required to pay additional money to take a "how to learn" course, as well as even more money to take a skills review course before continuing in the program.
Now there's a few other things to look at it before deciding to attend this program. Broward has this ridiculous rule that if you fail any two classes at any point in the program, you will be removed from the program and told that you cannot return until you find an LPN school to attend, wait until their start date is and then spend at least a year in that program, and then take and pass the LPN exam (you're looking at the least an additional 18 months). Only then will Broward College allow you to return to their program. And it doesn't matter if you are in the very last class of the program, they do not care, if you fail by even one point you will not be allowed to continue. It's terribly sad because I saw this happen to so many of my friends along the way.
This, however, is where things start to get really screwy... In just about every state in the country the Nursing Boards have adopted a policy that says any student attending an RN program who has completed a certain amount of coursework (Process 1 & 2, GIGU, Pediatrics, Obstetrics, and only the lecture portion of Psychiatric Nursing), that you are then eligible to sit for your LPN exam. This means that if you manage to pass those classes that you have the right to become licensed and start working in the state of Florida (as well as many other states, which I'm about to get to) as an LPN. But because Broward college has this crazy rule that you must leave their school and go waste another 18 months and at least $7,000. trying to get your LPN license, they refuse to sign off on the paperwork that must be submitted with your transcripts to the "FLORIDA" Board of Nursing, making you feel like you are stuck and have no other options then to go obtain your LPN license and then return to Broward to finish your studies. Luckily, however, I have friends who are nurses who live all over the country and helped me find a way around Broward's game playing. There are several states where this can be done, but I just recently helped two of my friends who failed out of Broward successfully submit their paperwork to the Oklahoma Board of Nursing (They only require Broward to send your transcripts, which by law, they cannot withhold unless you owe them money). They both have already sat for and passed the LPN exam and have easily transferred it to the state of Florida.
So now any I know that any of you who are already familiar with Broward's policies are going to say... "Yes, but Broward College will not accept you back into their program if you take that route and get licensed through another sate." While this may be true, let me ask you this, WHY in the world would you want to return to a school like this? Instead of spending all the time and money it would take for you to retake courses that you've already taken to then sit for a test that you're already eligible to take, why not just obtain your LPN license from another state and then attend an LPN to RN program? This route will still probably take you almost a year and you'll probably close to 18 months (about 2-3 months to get approved for and take the LPN exam in Oklahoma, another month to transfer it to florida, and then 11 months of LPN to RN school.) There are so many LPN to RN programs in South Florida. Mercy College of Nursing in Miami is where both of my friends are attending and they both tell me how much better it is there and how happy they are they switched.
Now, as I had mentioned earlier, Broward College does not care if you are in your last semester, your last week, or even your last day of class. If you fail by even one point during your last class with them and it happens to be your second fail in the program, then guess what? You're done. But now here's something else Broward College doesn't want you to know. While it is rare to find, there are two other colleges in the area who are accredited and will accept ALL of your transfer credits from Broward. I have friends who are currently attending both at the moment and who are set to finish in May. The only thing with each school is that you're required to complete 25% of the RN program at their school (this is true with any school that is accredited). So while you can do it in only one semester, you're going to end up paying for it.
The Emergency Education Institute in Coral Springs, and the MetLife institute in Fort Lauderdale will both accept all of your credits and you will finish with them in one semester.
Please don't let Broward fool you into thinking that this can't be done, or scare you with their NCLEX pass rate. If you made it all the way up to Ortho/Neuro or Cardio at Broward, you WILL be successful on the NCLEX.
Some are amazing. Most are just ok. But there are just enough of the miserable ones to make you wish you attended any other school on the planet.
Do your research people. Don't be afraid to speak up to them. They try to train you with fear from day one. Don't let yourself be the victim. You'll only have yourself to blame. Consider yourself informed!
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