Gurnick Academy of Medical Arts

  1. Has anybody heard about this school? They have locations in San Mateo & Concord, CA. The one in Concord is fairly new and I would like to know if it has a good reputation. Thanks.
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  3. by   Sensoria17
    I've read a few favorable comments about them on the education forum on Craigslist. I don't know much other than that the SM location is accredited.
  4. by   HeartJulz
    Yes Im a student there .. what would you like to know? Im in the first batch of LVN students in the Concord campus. I graduate next mth and have nothing but great things to say but feel free to ask away .. !!
  5. by   bobsie_co
    Im looking for a VN school in concord and came across of their site. It seemed to be a good school but when I look at their board pass rate in http://www.bvnpt.ca.gov/Education/VN_Stats.asp it didnt show the percentage. So im kinda hesitant now whether to consider this school or not. i hope somebody would give their insight about this school. you know, former/current students...is this a good school? How are they handling the students? the clinical experience? are the teachers credible? How many students are in the class?
  6. by   bobsie_co
    Quote from HeartJulz
    Yes Im a student there .. what would you like to know? Im in the first batch of LVN students in the Concord campus. I graduate next mth and have nothing but great things to say but feel free to ask away .. !!
    did you graduate already? did you take your boards? how was it? tell us about your experience while in school? thanks!
  7. by   HeartJulz
    sorry, I dont come onto this site very much .. slow to respond. The boards doesnt have a pass rate because we are the first batch to grad. since Concord campus is new. From what I know so far .. we have a HIGH percentage who passes boards compared to san mateo which SM has been going for 4-5 yrs now ( I think). So far I think only one student failed ... Ive been working now since March 6th. I took boards in Feb. passed the first time. I studied my brains out. The school was good for the most part .. although after you work you find things that you never learned .. Im glad Im done and working and past all of that .. it was a sure stressful time in my life ... I will get my RN but not until next year. Right now really, VN in itself is a TON of responsibility... Im in NO rush to jump to RN until I get my experience ...

    good luck to you .. JulZ
  8. by   I love med-surg
    Oh, I heard a lot about this school from my friends. I was about to go to February batch but due to change in circumstances I end up going to Bay Area college of Nursing in S. SF. (which I regret) Anyways, if you live in 925 area go for it.
  9. by   bobsie_co
    Quote from I love med-surg
    Oh, I heard a lot about this school from my friends. I was about to go to February batch but due to change in circumstances I end up going to Bay Area college of Nursing in S. SF. (which I regret) Anyways, if you live in 925 area go for it.

    med surg...did you heart good things about this school? aparently i dont have anything friends to rely when it comes to this issue. i requested info from this school. its my top pick actually. enrollement is going on. Pre reqs start on July 7th. I wish to be enrolled right away.
  10. by   I love med-surg
    Quote from bobsie_co
    med surg...did you heart good things about this school? aparently i dont have anything friends to rely when it comes to this issue. i requested info from this school. its my top pick actually. enrollement is going on. Pre reqs start on July 7th. I wish to be enrolled right away.
    Well bobsie,

    Their main branch is in San Mateo and my friend graduated from their. She is working now as a LVN in SNF ( skilled nursing facility). If you have some doubts about it call scaremanto and ask them about school. Also, they advisors make an appointment with her and talk to her regarding your concerns about school.

    Gud Luck
  11. by   animator_3dx
    I finished my MA program. Should I become a Nurse? Is anybody going to Gurnick?

    Thank you
    Isabel
  12. by   mulan027
    Im a student at Gurnick SM (1 more month to go). Let's just say that every subject there's a new teacher. It's not fun being a geniune pig
  13. by   lilnurse12
    I am going to the fresno campus right now and i have to say about this school is that its a joke and they are not organized at all they dont tell you anything we are still waiting to hear if they are gonna get accredited or not. Our program was supposed to start in July but still has not.. If any of you have an option to go to another school do it dont go here..
  14. by   groovycoolbean
    I am currently an LVN student and I am very dissatisfied.
    Let me begin by mentioning that it is not Title IV accredited which means no financial aid; your expenses cannot be claimed on your tax return because your tax forms require the Title IV code for the school of which you are attending; and you do not qualify for tuition reimbursement from your employer because companies providing tuition reimbursement also require the Title IV code. So, most of the students attending this school have to put down a large down payment and make large monthly payments until you can qualify for a student loan or pay it off in full.
    The reason I chose this school is that they advertised being able to go to school evenings and complete clinicals on weekends so a full-time employed person could attain an LVN degree and maintain employment.
    My class and I signed contracts stating 16 clinical hours and 3 evening classes a week.
    However, this week they informed us that they erred and we are required to do an additional 5 clinical hrs a week beginning next week. We were given a few options on how to do this and we specifically told that signing up on the forms they were passing around were to take a poll. As soon as the 'polls' were collected we were instantly informed that these were our permanent assignments. We were literally tricked or lied into signing up without time to consider the changes to our work situations, etc.
    Many of us have had to change our work schedules several times in the past six months because of class time changes without reasonable notice such as the fiasco this week. We've had to take large amounts of time from work to meet arbitrary time lines made up by the new Nursing Director.
    The out of pocket expenses they don't mention have racked up to be over $600 in 8 weeks.
    They made several mistakes and this current one regarding miscalculated hours required by the board for licensing and taking NCLEX IS UNEXCUSABLE. What is really UNACCEPTABLE is holding us accountable for it and jeopardizing our employment, health and grades with even less time for sleep, healthy meals and proper study time.
    I'm not sure what recourse I have but I will seek all means at this point. :angryfire

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