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-Lastly, I hear that employers in the Hampton Roads area look down on RN students from MCI/ECPI....is this true?
This kind of frustrates me, not you the idea of this. I have a prior B.S. and my concentration is human resource management. It was frowned upon in school and when I became a technical recruiter for people to look down on private schools. The key reason is because private schools mirror public schools and it is considered ignorant in the recruiting industry to frown upon someone making money doing the same thing a public school does. Private schools have more funds available to have awesome lab equipment, to have nicer facilities, etc. Not only that but private schools cut out all the BS electives and philosophy classes public schools require. A private school does not care if you took 4 yeatrs of french in high school or if you take an art history class in college. ODU and VCA both have accelerated programs that MCI mirrors, I would like to mention. I can say from personal experience recruiting individuals in this area, Hampton Roads, that we loved our private school and public school candidates. Especially if the talent is military talent.
I will say that I have attended Embry Riddle Aeronautical University for a AAS in Professional Aeronautics, minor management and then DeVry University for a BS in Technical Management, concentration HRM. I have done both online and in school classes. I am now a student at MCI for the RN program and it is INTENSE! I compare it to the military training I got for electronics in A-School. You have to dedicate your life to the program because you do 16 weeks of traditional college in 5 weeks. So I test everyday and we lecture on at least 1 chapter every class. Our learning lab is pretty awesome. We do clinicals just like every other school. The program is 16 months and $41,000. The difference between us and a public school is our school makes money, and a lot of it, off of us. I love my school, I love my professors, and I love what I am learning.
I also want to mention that this stigma is attached to UoP. My DON and half of my professors are UoP graduates. My DON is currently working on her PhD from UoP according to my last professor.
I can also say that through my VA and military contacts, my prior BS, and my 10 point veterans hiring preference I will have absolutely NO problem getting a federal job once I graduate.
In closing I guess some things do not work for everyone. I have a strong network in the area so I know that once I obtain my RN Licensure I will have no problem finding a job. I also know plenty of the graduates from my school that had jobs before they graduated due to their externships. I hope this helps you in your decision. Good luck!