Quote from hope3456
I don't live in AZ but I agree - those 'for profit' private nursing schools that are popping up everywhere are a bit on the scary side.
For example, the Denver School of Nursing - it costs like 50,000+ to go there and the school isn't even accredited.....and they have a low pass rate on the NCLEX. They have only been in business a couple years. Not worth it IMHO.
Because of the initial time investment and the entrance salary being similar in some aspects, I really pursued massage therapy at both Apollo and ASMT and having gone through real estate school the same way (Az School of RE and Business - basically an accelerated way to get to the test w/o the years of standard college), I was luckily familiar with the constructs of how a business like that works.
The advertisements are what specifically disturbed me. I don't mind all the talk of being "in demand" - that's another matter. What concerned me at the massage schools was all the talk of placement.
When you read more into it, you hear all the horror stories of how what was supposed to be $50,000 a year your first year at "great companies" like Massage Envy, turn out to pay less than waiting tables due to the pay structure and the politics of things.
When looking at a private business-based school, I'd heavily recommend doing research and looking for forums and sites dedicated to students who have gone through and are chatting about their experiences.
I ended up holding off due to the financial issues (almost $12,000 for a one year course for MT), and in the end I'm happy. I could have gotten my license, studied a bit more, and opened up a studio in my home, but I knew that would be the only way to make enough money to support myself and my kids on.
With nursing it's a TAD different, but as i don't believe Apollo offers an RN program (just CNA and other assistant programs), or even credits that transfer to "real" colleges should you decide to go further later on, I imagine you're also likely being fed some very unhealthy information regarding employment opportunities.
I've heard great things about the some of the instructors, especially if you're willing to put in the work and realize that probably half your class is there so they can make $XX,XXX a year without ever going to college or having to pass an English 101 course. However, the general politics of the school itself merit some research. And as it was pointed out above, realize that there may be some students less motivated once the real work hits - you can't let them drag you down by any means during an accelerated program. Not only is time money, it's also fleeting.
If you decide to go ahead, please post about your experience. I for one would be very interested. If their placement is whored about as much as Massage Envy was when I went in to talk to the enrollment offices about Massage Therapy school, I'd beware. It felt like when you look at want ads and car dealerships say the average pay is $60,000 a year for the first year salesman. Buyer beware
I recall actually telling the enrollment advisor, "Please - Stop. I've done the research.. I know how the Massage Envy thing works and I'm personally not interested. Can we get to the meat of the schedule, classes, and overall financial costs?".
In other words, they tend to try and pull the wool over your eyes with grassy fields before they hit you with the "this is what it will cost you in total" number.