Ameritech Grads

  1. Anyone graduate from Ameritech? Do you feel you were prepared for nursing? How difficult was it to find a job? Do employers respect the program? Any tips or advise?
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  3. by   ICUman
    I graduated from this program not long ago.

    I feel like they do an adequate job in preparing one to work as a nurse. I feel like I was more prepared by my outside preparation though. Years as an ICU and ER tech. Employers in the SLC region do respect the program and it has a decent reputation. The U of U critical care internship even hires ameritech grads now. I was one of them, and turned it down. It was easy to find a job. I had 5 different offers. Keep in mind the job environment may be different when you graduate. There are a plethora of nursing jobs right now.

    If you can afford the astronomical price tag, and the difficultly of your degree not having regional accreditation afterward, then consider going. I am now trying to find an RN to BSN program (besides WGU who takes anyone), and it has proved difficult because they won't accept ameritech credits.
  4. by   icecreamdreams
    Why don't you do your BSN through Ameritech? I'm thinking of starting this upcoming January and I currently studying for my TEAS. I need in the workforce quickly which is why I was considering them. Do you think it's possible to do with young children?


    Thanks for your response! I'm trying to make the best decision for my family and I really need the input!
  5. by   ICUman
    Yes, possible to do with a family. Many "mom's" were in my program. There is a lot of time spent studying, be aware.

    I would still encourage you to apply to a traditional, cheaper program. As I repay my loans I realize I should have been more patient and went to a cheaper school. However to each their own.

    I am not interested in Ameritech's RN to BSN program as it is not regionally accredited and rather expensive.
  6. by   icecreamdreams
    Does the lack of regional accreditation cause problems for your career?
  7. by   ICUman
    It causes a delay in obtaining a bachelor's degree, so ultimately, yes. It also limits opportunities for graduate school, for people who don't want to stay a bedside nurse their whole career. But whatever, I went to Ameritech and have a great nursing job and career. You can too. Just keep in mind what we discussed.
  8. by   Buyer beware
    Quote from ICUman
    I graduated from this program not long ago.

    I feel like they do an adequate job in preparing one to work as a nurse. I feel like I was more prepared by my outside preparation though. Years as an ICU and ER tech. Employers in the SLC region do respect the program and it has a decent reputation. The U of U critical care internship even hires ameritech grads now. I was one of them, and turned it down. It was easy to find a job. I had 5 different offers. Keep in mind the job environment may be different when you graduate. There are a plethora of nursing jobs right now.

    If you can afford the astronomical price tag, and the difficultly of your degree not having regional accreditation afterward, then consider going. I am now trying to find an RN to BSN program (besides WGU who takes anyone), and it has proved difficult because they won't accept ameritech credits.
    This is most likely the most tepid recommendation I have seen yet for a school of nursing.
    OP:
    It was founded in 2006, has an astronomical price tag and no regional accreditation
    So sign me the hey up!
    As far as accepting students are concerned, they are a for-profit. For-profits accept anyone with a GED and and a clean record (no felonies please). "What a relief!"
    Your WSU remark seems to be somewhat unfounded in reality. But based on (collegescorecard.ed.gov) they charge a lot less than half the price in college tuition than Ameritech, have CCNE accreditation and are not for-profit. All those qualities are very credible and seem to be non-predatory in nature which is a leg up these days.
    So while most schools have their pro and cons, at the very least tuition cost and solid accreditation coupled with a good work ethic on the part of the student should help guarantee success in school and in the workplace later on. Solid credentials are a must and important for those just starting out and always will be.
    Disclaimer: No, I am not an employee of WGU. Merely an advocate for nursing colleagues in the U.S. and abroad.
    *All schools should be evaluated on their merits. Not the hype and not the come-on and not the dream. There's simply too much at stake.
    Last edit by Buyer beware on Sep 17, '16 : Reason: w
  9. by   ICUman
    Quote from Buyer beware
    This is most likely the most tepid recommendation I have seen yet for a school of nursing.
    OP:
    It was founded in 2006, has an astronomical price tag and no regional accreditation
    So sign me the hey up!
    As far as accepting students are concerned, they are a for-profit. For-profits accept anyone with a GED and and a clean record (no felonies please). "What a relief!"
    Your WSU remark seems to be somewhat unfounded in reality. But based on (collegescorecard.ed.gov) they charge a lot less than half the price in college tuition than Ameritech, have CCNE accreditation and are not for-profit. All those qualities are very credible and seem to be non-predatory in nature which is a leg up these days.
    So while most schools have their pro and cons, at the very least tuition cost and solid accreditation coupled with a good work ethic on the part of the student should help guarantee success in school and in the workplace later on. Solid credentials are a must and important for those just starting out and always will be.
    Disclaimer: No, I am not an employee of WGU. Merely an advocate for nursing colleagues in the U.S. and abroad.
    *All schools should be evaluated on their merits. Not the hype and not the come-on and not the dream. There's simply too much at stake.
    What is the point of your post?
    I didn't bash on WGU, only said I'm not applying there. And I gave an honest review of Ameritech.
  10. by   StudentRN_1990
    I just enrolled at Ameritech. How is the financial department? Are they good about accepting payments? They seem pretty strict! I have a 20k balance and I have no idea who or where to ask money from. I don't have to take any generals as previous generals from Weber transferred in. The cost of the program for me is about 37k.
  11. by   icecreamdreams
    I replied on another thread. I was hoping you could share information about the "informal interview" and teas?
  12. by   StudentRN_1990
    Direct message me!
  13. by   StudentRN_1990
    Hi ICUman

    did you end up finding a RN to BSN program? I am currently at Ameritech now. I want to get my BSN also after. I did do some calling around. I am not interested in wgu because if there pass fail grading system, and they will cause me problems if I want to go to graduate school later. I looked into roseman university in south Jordan, it. Which is ACEN and regionally accredited but they just switched to a pass or fail grading system also! Ugh! The u of u accepts Ameritech RN program, but does not accept any general ed from Ameritech, which is fine because I did all my generals at Weber and the u of u but they do have a time limit on prereqs so I would have to retake a few classes which I don't want to do. Same with Weber state. They accept Ameritech but if you come from a non regionally accredited school they want you to have a AS degree in general studies or at least 60 credit hours completed at a regionally accredited school, but they have no time limit on prereqs. Only problem is Weber state RN to BSN program is highly competitive and gives most of their spots to ASN Weber state grads. I didn't call to any other schools, so if you have some other advice or schools that you would be willing to share please let me know!

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