Quote from SopranoKris
I would be very wary of an ITT nursing degree. Their programs are usually not accredited. Plus I've read countless threads of students who spent lots of money (WAY more than a regular university program) to go to ITT because there's no waiting list and they ended up getting their degree withheld because they could not pass the NCLEX. Also, many employers will not hire ITT grads due to their lack of training.
For ANY nursing program to be able to open their doors they HAVE to be accredited by the state board of nursing. As long as they are accredited by the State BON then the graduates of that nursing program CAN and WILL be eligible to take the NCLEX boards.
They cant "hold" your degree if you cant pass the boards because you HAVE to have your degree before your eligible for the boards.
They do, however, have the HESI Exit exam that you MUST pass to be eligible for passing your last class, Nursing Roles II. It is PART of your class and if you fail the exam then you dont PASS the class and therefore you are not eligible for the boards. Its like any class, if you dont pass the class you cant move forward. The Exit HESI is suppose to be harder than the NCLEX, so if you cant pass the HESI then you probably wont pass the boards bringing the school's pass rate down and jeopardizing their standing with NLNAC.
If the student FAILs the exit Hesi then the student must remediate and retake Med Surg II, Pharm, and NSG Fundamentals at no extra cost to the student. This is done to further strengthen the student's ability of basic knowledge and give them the best chance at passing the boards when they do satisfy their requirements to sit for the NCLEX.
Also you are wrong about employers not hiring ITT grads. There have been 4 graduating classes at the school I attend, and 2 of the classes all have positions that have been offered to them from the area hospitals, one is working at one of universities in Chicago, and another has a position where the company is sending the nurse back to school so she can get her wound/ostomy care accreditation. There is NO lack of training, we get the same amount of clinical experience as every other nursing program.