Medical Careers Institute VA Beach or Newport News??

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    Im looking into starting a nursing program in Virginia. Has anyone out there been or is attending the Medical Careers Institute? Is it a good program that they run?

    My main question is - is the VA Beach Campus better then the Newport News Campus and why? I am coming from out of state so have no preference to where I live but I am wondering which campus is better. Also any other information you could give me about the college or the program would be great as the admin people that I have spoken to are reluctant to give me any information until I go for an application interview.

    Thanks a ton.

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    I think you should look around at some other programs, the last time I was thinking about going to MCI in 2008 the tuition was $30,000 for the RN program. If you go to a community college or a Hospital based program it won't even cost half that price. So do some more research.
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    The only reason that MCI seems drastically more expensive is because the tuition includes all your text books and uniforms/required med. supplies. the only thing it doesn't include is your basic school supplies my opinion, not having to worry about text books each semester is a big plus.
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    The RN program at MCI is tough. In va beach..the last class to graduate had 98% nclex pass rates, and 98% job placement. It is a small private school and offers very small classes with alot of individual attention. Everyone knows you and They want you to succeed. The failure rates aren't as bad as it may seem. I had concerns about the pass rates myself. If you research their graduation rate it seems low because alot of students do not graduate on time. The classes are only 5 weeks opposed to 15 week sememsters. If you don't pass a class because you get sick and miss a week, or you fail a class but almost passed, they will let you retake it with the next "batch" of RNs( so long as you stay in close contct with the school)...a 3 month wait.The first classes are hard to retake because they have less room..and they probably figure if you can't handle microbiology you should consider LPN... So students that aren't graduating on time are officially counted against the graduation rate. The program is hard to get into .....sometimes averaging 150 applicants...25 accepted for days....25 for nights...This program takes complete devotion, 600% dedication. I noticed that alot of the negative posts about mci's rn program are from people who do not go there. The most important thing is that you do well on your admissions tests. You will take them during your first applic. interv....I am only familiar with VB.
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    Thanks for all the info.

    Do I understand right that you said - you take your admission tests during your first application interview?
    That scares me because they did not tell me this when they told me to come and complete the application process. They were very reluctant to give me any information about the program etc which I found quite strange.... as I am travelling a long way just to complete the application.

    Did you find the tuition rates quite high?
    What is the VA Beach area like..... renting wise?

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    Hi Jules,

    My daughter has attended both the MCI Virginia Beach campus and the Newport News campus and says she likes the sim labs in the Newport News campus better. She found apartments to be cheaper in Newport News but you need to make sure you talk to someone about the safest areas in the city. My daughter took a test the first time she visited the campus and there was only one part she did not do well on and they showed her a site online to practice and she passed when she went back. MCI is a hands on school and they seem to have the best equipment in their labs, my daughter says the NN campus just got a Med Dispenser machine that no other school in the area has. It looks like they invest a lot of that tuition money back into the students
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    My best advice before you go. I did well without having any idea I was going to be tested...but..I could have done better if i had known. its the I would rather live in Virginia Beach Area. Va Beach is more expensive rent wise...but I wouldn't want to live in newport News..but thats just me..Newport news has some really bad crime areas..dangerous areas..
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    Sorry, I am not familiar with the VB campus but I do know a little about the Newport News campus. Let me tell you that I attended an Open House there, last year and had NO idea that we were going to take the TEAS! I thought we were going to do a walk through and learn more about the school, what they have to offer.

    From what I remember, they briefly went over the programs and sent us to another room to take the TEAS. I was so ****** off because no one mentioned anything about taking a test. Mind you, we had to RSVP for the Open House and everything. I RSVP'ed well in advance. This was all done at the Newport News campus.

    My sister in law attended MCI Newport News campus for Medical Assisting and she loves it! Everyone she graduated with has a job and are doing very well!
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    I just moved from NN,VA. I worked with a lot of nurses that graduated from MCI and they were all great nurses that were very educated. I have a friend that is doing the RN program now and loves it. NN is a lot cheaper as far as cost of living goes. NN gets a bad warp cause downtown is a little rough but the area around the school is very nice. The cost seems like a lot. But you get in quickly where as one of the community colleges you'll have to get on the waiting list which in that area is long. Good luck with your choice.
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    Check out Riverside Hospital's program... I graduate from there in two months. You can do the LPN program and then, take the bridge to RN. It's 3 semesters (9 1/2 months of actual class time), and costs 3300 a semester for the LPN program. You pay a grand total of $150 for books and another 150 for uniforms. Buy a cheap stethoscope, pen light and scissors--$60. Just over 10k, and you are done. If you look on the Virginia Board of Nursing website, you'll see how they rank among other schools... Pretty high up there. There is no waiting list... you test against the other applicants each time. They take the top 36 students and have 3 alternates.

    The bridge program is the same amount of time--you take the 3 month bridge, and then, complete the last two semesters of the RN program. Total of 2 years... The plus is that you can work as an LPN while doing the RN program... it's easier to complete when you are actually at the hospital and can apply what you are learning. (Hope that makes sense!) The RN bridge is another 10k, but if you work for Riverside while you are going, they pick up the tab.

    I have a friend that went to MCI... It's a great school, and I am in no way saying that it is lacking in any way. My friend knows just as much as I do, but it cost her a lot more. In the end, we are sitting for the same state exam...
    Last edit by julie0904 on Jan 8, '10 : Reason: Added info about bridge program
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