Bryant & Stratton College
- 0Jan 20, '09 by scherie88I have an appointment next week, they dont have a lot on their web page as far as nursing entrance exams, what the schedule is like and how many people are accepted into the program. Any info. would be appreciated. Did you attend? What did you think of it? I am also going to apply at Cardinal Stritich and Im just exploring what options I have. Thanks in advance.
- 2Jan 21, '09 by Bree124I would personally not attend Bryant and Stratton. I looked into it as an option, but found out from outside sources that their NCLEX pass rate is barely over 50% - although the people who run the program won't pass that info along. They will most likely lose their (local, not even national!) accreditation because of their dismal pass rate. You don't want that to happen once you're a year into the program!
Stritch has a much better program. Their pass rate still isn't great (I believe it's in the 70s), but it's much better than B&S and they are a reputable school.
- 0Feb 14, '09 by intuition[quote=Bree124;3388833]I would personally not attend Bryant and Stratton. I looked into it as an option, but found out from outside sources that their NCLEX pass rate is barely over 50% - although the people who run the program won't pass that info along. They will most likely lose their (local, not even national!) accreditation because of their dismal pass rate. You don't want that to happen once you're a year into the program!
This information is completely false. The pass rate the last couple of semesters at Bryant and Stratton were between 96-98%. We just had the accreditation board come through and they are recommending that we become nationally accredited. I am in my 4th semester at the school and will be graduating in August. I wish people would find out more information before they put out the rumored statistics. I don't know the exact time frames for the entrance exams, but they do offer a few different opportunities, before the start of the next semester.
- 0Feb 15, '09 by Bree124Hi Intuition -
My post was not based on "rumored statistics." I have a document from the state of WI with NCLEX pass rates of every college/university in Wisconsin for years 2005-2007.
While you claim that the pass rate now is 96-98%, Bryant and Stratton's pass rate in 2007 was just 50.5%. The combined pass rate for 2005-2007 was 58%, which means that the pass rate was actually decreasing with time - not getting better, as one might expect from a new program.
Since I was making my decision in spring 2008, I felt that it would be very unwise to spend so much money and time on a program with the worst pass rate in the state, and no national accreditation. I also heard from several B&S students that they had lost a few clinical sites due to the poor regard for the B&S program, and that they were concerned about losing their regional accreditation (although I will admit this part is "rumor," as I heard it from students, not the clinical sites or accreditation agency themselves).
I wasn't willing to take that gamble. And since no one at B&S would answer my questions about their accreditation and NCLEX rates, I felt that there was something they were trying to hide from incoming students - not very cool, in my opinion.
I am glad that the program has improved over the past year. It's a new program, and maybe they just needed to work out some kinks. However, please do not assume that my posts are ill-informed or "completely false." I have data on paper to back up the NCLEX pass rate; it's not based on rumor or conjecture.
- 1Feb 17, '09 by intuitionBree, I apologize if I came off a little to harsh. Being a student at Bryant and Stratton can be difficult, due to trying to stop all the rumors that fly through. Yes, the school does have some problems, but they have improved most of those problems in the last year or so. Every school has it's issues, some more than others. I shouldn't have come off that harsh, I am sorry.
- 1Feb 18, '09 by Bree124Hi Intuition - no need to apologize, I am not upset! I know that nursing school is enough work without having to worry about the reputation of your program, or how it is perceived by others. I am sorry if it seemed as though I was trying to bad mouth B&S, as that was not my intention at all.
I was sincere when I said I'm glad to hear that the program is improving. Good luck with the rest of your schooling!
- 1Apr 22, '09 by pinklasolI am a former B&S Student. I went there for Medical Assisting and then returned for my ADN. I had good experiences with the school.
Although early in the program the NCLEX pass rates were not good, it was a new program and there was kinks.I believe they have a new director of the nursing program and they have really stepped it up. I think the student scores must be significantly higher to pass the TEAS and the ATI's each semester.
I feel they prepared us well or the NCLEX but when you are in an accelerated program it is up to you to keep up with the material.
There were a few instructors that they could have done without, but for the most part I always felt the instructors were helpful and sincere in seeing the students succeed.
- 0May 6, '09 by mom2jjlzHi Pinklasol,
Has attending BSC helped you in employment? I am at the first stages and am scheduled to take the Accuplacer at BSC and was wondering if you have any suggestions for that? My admissions "gal" is a bit relucttant to answer some of my accreditation questions and pass rate questions, but l am peristant. I am new to the area and this is all so overwhelming, that all it was a true blessing I found this site and Wis nurses on it to boot! Thanks again.
- 2May 6, '09 by intuitionI am currently in my last semester of nursing in B&S. I did the full-time route. It was very hard, but I also have kids and work part-time. Overall, the teachers are wonderful. There were/are a couple that weren't good, but the school dealt with the certain individuals. I do commute to school everyday. It wasn't bad, it depends on where u r coming from. As for the accreditation, my recommendation is that u call in August and you will have your answer , probably the one you are looking for.
Just keep up with your studies and make school your #1 priority.