Quote from Epona
Hi everyone! I am at a school now I am not happy with, and I am thinking about switching over to Sentara's new long distance program. I would have considered Sentara before, but at the time I went to RN school, they were not offering the long distance RN program.
I have a few questions I hope you all can address.
Are you pleased with your Sentara RN program? Do you feel you are actually TAUGHT the material or are you pretty much on your own to learn it? How are teachers when you have questions? Do they answer your questions? How do the students do overall there? What is the grading scale like? I think I read in the school booklet that 77 and above is passing.
I know these are a bunch of questions, BUT I am seriously considering applying to the Sentara program and wanted to ask YOU the students who are there what it is like. I have talked to my family about going to Sentara and I have called the school and have been talking with the admissions folks and have received my application packet.
Thank you very much for your input!
Ask away... I am a student at Sentara. I graduate in October. YES!! Overall I think Sentara is one of the best programs in the area, and I dont say that because I go there, because it to me a LOOOONG time to adjust to the school. The school at one time was extremely disorganized, financial aid was awful, classes were not organized, it was just a mess. But I must say they have really gotten it together. Nursing school is what you put into it... It is hard, but definetly doable if you put the effort in. I would say the hardest class thus far was 201, which is specialities, and it is hard because you complete this class before you have med surg, and some of the med surg content will be related to what ever speciality you are studying. But after you go through the speciality content it does it easier. Nursing school is hell, but it is worth it. I feel like if you are a Sentara grad you will definetly be more prepared compared to other schools, because you will already be used to the sentara system especially if you work for them, you will learn how to give an excellent report, your assessment will be on point, plus by the time you will graduate you would have managed up to 4 patients and trust me other schools do not do multiple patient management. They have an externship program you can do your senior year to help prep you to go into the real world. When I talk to people from other schools they say I wish I would have went to sentara because yall get so much clinical time. I used to hate going to school, but now I have a lot more respect for the school. I have grown so much in a year and a half, and I know I will be more prepared than other after I graduate. The test are hard, but what nursing test arent, once you get used to the questions, your anxiety level will decrease when you take a test. Just practice, practice,practice.. Do nclex question, be organized, and have a study group, and I used to hate studying in a group, but its less stressful, and the info stays with you more. I do feel like I have been taught the material with some instructors, others, you may have do just do the reading and reinforce what you know with your notes, but for the most part yes they do teach the info, and they reinforce what they have taught through case studies, and nclex questions. I can tell you we were the largest class in the school, not anymore though. We started out with 71 students and we have only lost 6 students, we are going to be the largest class to graduate thus far. You wont fail if you study, and do ok in clinical. To fail clinical you have to give them a reason to say you are not competent. Since I have been in the program only one person has failed because of clinical. You will learn about your meds and be proficient, and feel comfortable and responsible giving meds. They have a 100% pass rate on the nclex exam.. Overall its a good program, it definetly has it corks, but I can guarantee you that you will be more prepared than others when you graduate, and this is coming from someone who hated the program. Hit me up if you have any questions, I dont mind being anyone's mentor