Yes, Howard is still the director. I inteviewed there last year, but decided to go to a different school closer to where I live, and more conducive to my learning environment. I was looking at class pictures from the previous years when I noticed many of the students they accepted seemed older. I just felt I should enter a class that also has students more of my own age who I could relate to better.
As for the interview process, they asked me clinical questions pertaining to my field. I work as a cardiovascular surgical nurse. They specifically asked me about cardiac output/index, hemodynamics, etc. They wanted to know what a maximum dose of dopamine was, which too me is a bogus question, because it depends on who uses it and in what situation. I guessed at the answer. I figured it was 20mcgs/kg, but I've never used dopamine that high EVER. I said if you need dopamine that high, you may want to consider another vasoconstrictor. You can get a better effect with a lot less fluid. I don't think they liked my interjection.
Also, Laroche/Westmoreland seem to concentrate on the fact that I didn't specifically teach anything, like ACLS or any other courses. I admitted that teaching wasn't my concentration, and maybe that was a stupid thing to admit, but I don't know any nurse anesthetist who goes into it specifically wanting to teach it. Well, this perturbed me of course, and I think I was visibly irritated during the interview now that i look back on it. I offerred my role as staffer and preceptor at work, and volunteer experience teaching BLS as roles for instructing. The lady gave me a lecture about how passing on information to other students and other nurses is of critical importance. I thought she would have recognized I realized this when I told her I was a preceptor. The feeling I got during the interview however was that it was not enough for them.
The interview was not a disaster, but it wasn't a great interview, put it that way. I didn't like them, and they didn't like me, so it worked out for the best. I just figured I'd let you know my situation. From what I understand they have a good school with a lot of personal attention given to the students (the lady I interviewed with professed it too me like it was bible speak). This is why I selected the school to interview at, but I did not appreciate her excessive pride even though it is probably well deserved. She made it seem like there wasn't another school as good as LaRoche. Anyway, you get the picture. I'm sure it was possible that it was just my interview. I would definitely recommend interviewing there. They seem to be a good school, and from what I hear, Howard is an excellent teacher. He only came in at the end of the interview, so I didn't get to chat with him much, but from what I gathered, he was real down to earth. I did interview with 3 people, a recent graduate, a student, and this damn lady who asked me all her dumb *** questions, but I can't remember what her name was.
OK, hope I didn't discourage you. I honestly do think it is a good school, and it is possible that my interview just wasn't the best. If you have any questions, let me know.