Hello. I am looking for feedback on the various PN programs in the Fox Valley area. My concern is enrolling in a school that has a bad program that will not maximize my opportunity to learn and pass the nursing exam. Fox Valley Tech is close to me but I am willing to drive up to 50 miles to get into the right program for me. Any perspectives and knowledge you can share is appreciated. Thanks - Pat
Aug 20, '11
My experience with Fox Valley Tech has been both good and bad. The good- cost is cheap, scholarships are easily got, many classes are online, support system is good. The Bad- it will take two or three years to complete your one year degree. The reason for this is the lpn and rn program are the same. The classes the rn's take for first year are the same classes that it takes to complete you lpn. Now who do you think has the more openings for those spots the RN's program of course. I have heard that this is the same at other schools so I am not sure there is much you can do to speed up the process. Either way I transfered this semester to Marian College which has a large tution bill but no wait and what I have heard is a very good program. When you call and set up a appointment ask for a definte timeline because I did not and found out 1 1/2 years into the program that now I have to wait and wait and wait.
Aug 21, '11
Thanks for the info. That is nice information to know. i will try to put it to good use. I have attended Marian in the past, as well as FVTC and UWO. You would be surprised at the amount of "non-disclosure" they all practice to get your money and commitment into the program.
Aug 25, '11
There also is NWTC and College of Menominee Nation for the PN dipolma which are in Green Bay. I also think Rasmussen has a pn also.
Oct 28, '11
I just graduated from FVTC PN program this past May. Any of the tech schools are going to take at least 2 years to get your one-year diploma, there are gen ed's you need to have done prior to starting your core classes. And if you aren't already a CNA there's more added time to take that course and boards. I actually transferred into the program from another tech because of a move. Overall I was pretty happy with the program. I can say from going to two different schools (and checking out a third in the process)- every nursing program probably has its issues.
I am working on the LPN to ADN bridge through MSTC in WI Rapids now. I would have stayed and done the bridge at FVTC, but they don't have a part time option and I wanted to work and go to school part time now that I'm an LPN.