I am an RN student at the VB campus now. It is intense! The semesters are 5 weeks long, yet we cover the same amount of material as other schools
with 8-16 week semesters. It is A LOT of self teaching. There are some great instructors and there are others who are awful. It is all a matter of the luck of the draw as to which instructors you get. I'm not too fond of that aspect. In my opinion (and that of many others) MCI is more of a business than a school. It is all about the money and the students and their needs tend to take backseat. Last I heard, the cost of the program was over $40,000. It tends to go up every time a new class of RN students begin the program. From experience, I must say that the representatives will tell you whatever they think you want to hear to get you to sign up and inflate their commission check. Be very cautious when sitting down with them and don't believe every thing you hear. Do lots of research before you go in and, if you want to hear the real story, hang out in the back of the building and talk to the RN students (navy blue uniforms) while they are on break. Most of us are more than willing to give prospective students the real scoop and answer questions honestly. Day students go to class on various days (depends on the mod) M-F. They also do clinicals during the week. Night students have class various nights M-F (usually 2-3 days a week) and go to clinical on Sat and Sun.
You need no previous medical experience to begin the RN program without a wait. I got in the first time I applied and I have only been a stay at home mom for the last 11 years. Entrance into the program mostly depends on your TEAS test scores that you take when you first go in to see a representative. It is kind of a stupid test because a lot of the questions don't really relate to the medical field, it is just general knowledge stuff and, to my knowledge, there is really no way to prepare for it. If your TEAS scores aren't good enough to get into the RN program, they most often won't tell you that. They will tell you that there is a waiting list or try to sway you toward the LPN program. If you stand your ground, they will let you continue on to pre-requisites, but you will be disappointed months later when you find out that you didn't make it into the program and wasted your time. Ask the rep. directly if your TEAS scores are competative enough to go RN with no problems.
I STRONGLY suggest not working during the program! It has been done before, but very few succeed at passing the classes and working. There is generally a test or quiz every night covering 4-8 chapters each. Expect to spend 10 or so hours a day studying once the more challenging classes begin (esp. Med-Surg and Acute Care). Each clinical day requires a care plan that will take 8 plus hours and must be turned in 48 hours (or less) from leaving clinical. Then there are other assignments like papers, homework, case studies, drug cards, etc. that can take many hours to complete.
Bottom line, if you have the time, I would suggest looking elsewhere. If you are in a hurry and can do a 15 month program, then give it a shot. It's not bad, it's just not great.