I am a current RN student in the NN campus therefore I am only going to talk about this particular campus. Here are the
1. Requirements are NOT as rigid and strict when compared to other schools
2. 15 month program lenght (not incl. the prerequisites and granted you don't fail any class)
3. Great instructors (MOST OF THEM.. I'm going to be fair in my evaluation)
4. Director is VERY approachable and is willing to help (THAT IS RARE. I was in another RN program before and you couldn't even look at the Director's way)
5. Provides uniforms, books, CPR class, Medical kit (Stethoscope,pen light, etc), labs to practice nursing skills are very modern and updated
6. Has a career service dept. that helps with resumes, interviews, etc.
1. Have no control over your schedule
2. 5 week classes which is VERY stressful and draining.. VERY fast paced.
3. VERY EXPENSIVE... But remember, this school is a "for-profit school" so don't be shocked. They know most of us are DESPERATE to get in and they have NO problems filing a spot
4. Can be very money oriented (financial dept., etc) For example, they can HOLD you and prevent you from moving ahead if your financial aid package is not straightened out right away even if it's NOT your fault.
5. As someone else has mentioned, once you fail A CLASS, IT IS VERY HARD TO COME BACK. You're pretty much going to back to square one and hope and pray you get back in. Minimum of a 3 Month wait to find out if you even have a chance of coming back. Can be longer if there are no spots available for that next term. (GPA BASED)
6. If you fail any nursing class at a particular term and the next term is offering a completely separate class, YOU HAVE NO CHOICE BUT TO WAIT. For instance (Nursing Concepts I is failed by a student in term 1 but passed English I... In term 2 MCI is offering Nursing Concepts 2 and an English II class.... You can't take the English class even though you only failed Nursing Concepts 1) YOU HAVE TO WAIT 3 months to take that class along with Nursing I again.
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7. There IS a tuition increase EVERY year even if the "counselor" tells you when you were filing out paperwork that you will only be required to pay "x" amount of money.
8. MCI does not transfer in any Nursing classes and A&P and Microbiology class no matter where you took it. (can be a double edge sword sometimes)
9. PARKING IS A NIGHTMARE if you're a day student. Not enough space and a complete chaotic environment.
As with any school, any student can knit pick about everything and whine and cry about it. For me personally, I'm glad I'm going to this school and I will be graduating soon. Best advice is... have an open mind when you go in for an interview, and take note at everything said to you. YOU WILL take the teas exam (math,english,science and reading) when you come in, and most of the time no one knows they even take this entrance exam that day. Try to do very well in it because it is one of the factors looked at when you're bidding for a spot in the RN program. My overall experience has been good and I do feel the instructors are well competent and is comparable if not better than some of the nursing schools around. There are minor issues that can be evaluated and improved, but I think that's with any school. You're learning to be a nurse and you won't be there forever. You can't just listen to what we all say to you on here because in the end, it'll be YOUR decision. But I do hope you give it a chance and of course, please shop around for other schools. MCI isn't for everyone for sure. Good luck to you and I'm sure you'll make the best decision! Hope this helped you!