One of the other threads sparked my interest in diploma programs, and I'm hoping someone can give me some firsthand (or even secondhand) info about the one in San Antonio. In the other thread, http://allnurses.com/forums/f8/bn-vs...hlight=Diploma
it sounds as though one receives plenty clinical experience.
Baptist Health Systems in San Antonio has a diploma program. Their website www.baptistschools.com
sums it up as follows: 392 hours lecture, 168 hours lab, and 896 hours clinical. WOW! That's so much more than what I'm finding at other schools
. Their program is 2 years--four 16-week semesters. Hmm...well, that would give me 20 weeks per year to work -- mejor que nada
Their NCLEX pass rate has ranged from 90.00% to 96.80% over the past five years. I've been putting lots of value on the pass rate in my search for a school. Hope that's valid. My mom, an RN, says it doesn't matter.
I have two baccalaureate degrees and would likely head toward an MSN after working a while.
All input valued and welcome!!