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.
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