Is Compton College safe? - page 2

I just finished Physiology and I was planning on taking Anatomy in the Summer. Unfortunately, the school I'm attending had a bit of a run in with budget cuts (Thanks ARNOLD!). Pretty much all of... Read More

  1. by   vjmt_4
    First of all, I also went to El Camino Torrance campus before I went to Compton and know by experience that the Compton center is nothing close to El Camino. They have their own Director and administration riding under ECC's name because they need the accreditation. They retained all their faculty from Compton and do not have the "same" faculty. Sometimes they would have an instructor from El Camino sit in the Compton campus for a day and that's about it. That's when students would realize what they have been missing from their lectures! I had taken nursing classes from Compton and I found the administration so disorganized. Students who were not failing were dropping out left and right! And those who failed obviously had no other choice but to stay in the program because no other school would take them.

    I am assuming you are at Compton right now as you are defending them, I hope you can still defend them when you don't pass your license because of the lack of instruction and preparation from your school. I am just warning others so they know what they are getting themselves into because they don't want to wait. Anyway, good luck in your studies, you will need it as you will be doing most of the self-teaching. Those of us who got out of there did that and wished we went as far away from Compton as possible.
  2. by   tothepointeLVN
    Actually I go to Mount St Mary's not Compton College so if the faculty is not the same I stand corrected. However I am correct about the current passing rate being 71.93%.

    So you dropped out in your second semester because it was that bad. So where are you now. Not a nurse.

    Honestly nursing school requires you to be a self starter so if you've given then opportunity to be in nursing school rather than wait then I would suggest that option. Being able to succeed in spite of barriers put in front of you is an asset.

    Education should be self guided. I find the down fall of many students is how much they expect to be "taught". I personally blame the high schools and lower level college classes for spoon feeding to much.

    Just my opinion. As always I am to the point and blunt.
  3. by   vjmt_4
    So I did not check their latest NCLEX rate, I guess that's something to brag about after all they did go up, right? For your info, I dropped out of the program because I do want to be a nurse, and a good one! I was called into acceptance to an MELN program that I applied to prior into getting to compton. I passed up a chance to go to CUI because I was too impatient to wait around. I am just saying...I see a lot of people doing the same mistake. I can't say much about your high school and where you took your lower level classes. You are at Mount St. Mary's for a reason, I would have gone there too if it wasn't too far from me and if I wanted to wait to get it.

    So you don't go to Compton and have not experienced it, I am surprise you feel the need to correct me with what little information you have gotten off the web.
  4. by   tothepointeLVN
    I correct you because there are many on this board that will scare other students into making the wrong decision based solely on their own personal experience without putting it into context.

    For the record I went to high school in New Zealand and I took most of my prereqs at El Camino Proper and El Camino Compton Center.
  5. by   vjmt_4
    This is what the forum is for, to learn from other people's experience and also hope someone else can learn from mine. I am not here to scare people off, if I sound like that then that's your opinion. I wished I had been in this forum before I decided to go to just any school that would take me sooner. I obviously cut myself short by making that mistake. I have a BS and worked in Healthcare sales for quite some time before I realized I want to be a nurse. I thought easy in, easy out. That is not always the case.

    I also went to high school in a foreign country and I must tell you, there was no spoon feeding involved. However, we were not treated as two year olds and cussed out because we asked too many questions. Trust me, my experience at compton was something I wish to forget.

    Although now I am back to where I originally started, I think waiting for the right school would do me more good than staying there. So don't feel bad for me as to where I am now, I am in the right place--not in Compton.
  6. by   vjmt_4
    And did you not say "Where you go to school DOES matter?" you replied that to someone else and now you are contradicting yourself.
  7. by   tothepointeLVN
    Quote from vjmt_4
    And did you not say "Where you go to school DOES matter?" you replied that to someone else and now you are contradicting yourself.
    Not everything is absolute and everything is in context.

    You statement about this school was "Stay away from Compton". It would have been more credible if you had said. Hey this is my experience and you might want to consider" Not everyone has the option of having a wide range of opportunities. Some students have not done well on their prereqs to get into a competitive program so Compton might an appropriate but tough choice.

    I'm not attacking you personally but your tone. They're are too many "OMG stay away from this school" threads that give people the wrong impression and there are impressionable people on this forum. I think we owe it to them to lay out the facts in a non sensation form. I started a thread in the LVN section to achieve this.

    My opinion based on experience however is once you are in a nursing program stay in it. It's so hard to get into another one once you have a semester of clinical behind you. For better or worse the selection committee will write you off.
  8. by   Quienes
    Hi,
    I am in the the RN program at EL Camino in Torrance. We have had a few lectures from the Compton instructors who came to our class to sub. and they were EXCELLENT, I had heard all the negative hype but it was wrong. This has been my experience with the nursing program in general, fear, fear, fear. Nursing is hard and not everyone will make it through, instructors are tough but that doesn't mean their bad. The director of the Compton program is a neat lady with lots of degrees and a dedication to both nursing and bringing up AA women. In any program you're going to get negative experiences but I wouldn't generalize.
    Last edit by Quienes on Sep 17, '10 : Reason: Typo
  9. by   Quienes
    Quote from vjmt_4
    So I did not check their latest NCLEX rate, I guess that's something to brag about after all they did go up, right? For your info, I dropped out of the program because I do want to be a nurse, and a good one! I was called into acceptance to an MELN program that I applied to prior into getting to compton. I passed up a chance to go to CUI because I was too impatient to wait around. I am just saying...I see a lot of people doing the same mistake. I can't say much about your high school and where you took your lower level classes. You are at Mount St. Mary's for a reason, I would have gone there too if it wasn't too far from me and if I wanted to wait to get it.

    So you don't go to Compton and have not experienced it, I am surprise you feel the need to correct me with what little information you have gotten off the web.
    What's CUI? Just curious :-)
  10. by   vjmt_4
    Quinenes, it's Concordia University Irvine.

    tothepointLVN, I do agree that if one has no other option but to go to Compton community college then of course you just take what you can get. I am just saying for those who have a choice to go to a better school, you weigh your decision more heavily and not let the waitlist turn you off. Most of us who were in the program were originally from ECC-Torrance and jumped on Compton Center because of the "no wait" reason and when finally called in for acceptance at ECC a semester or two later, realized our mistake. We could not transfer to the main campus and this is from EEC nursing director herself, only due to the politics of it. I still have friends who are in the Compton program calling me telling me their horror stories. I also have friends from the ECC campus telling me how the teachers from Compton treated them, maybe then they were all just a bunch of complainers, It's not too hard to believe them though.

    I still consider myself lucky because unlike most of my classmates, they have no other choice but to suck it up. They cannot transfer due to lack of previous educational background or monetary resources. No community college would take them for transfer because most programs are impacted already. This is why, if you do have the option, choose wisely, because ones you are already in a program, you might not have another chance to go back to the ones you passed up. Don't worry, I do not feel that you are attacking me. I don't take it personally. If I let everyone who tells me what I have to say shouldn't be said, then I shouldn't be a nurse.
  11. by   vjmt_4
    So let me take the line "stay away from compton" back if the context of this sentence does not meet your standards. I apologize if I lacked to sugar coat it.

    Here goes, "If you have no other choice of any other nursing program but Compton, then go ahead take it. Otherwise, apply to as many cc as you can. If you cannot absolutely wait for another semester or two, for whatever reason, then do take the chance but do not say nobody told me so and I didn't know any better. I heard this so many times already and it is a shame that some people would just disagree without experiencing it beforehand just because they feel the need to do so. Anyway I did not join this forum for this reason, I just chanced on reading the previous post and thought it would help to hear from someone who got the bad end of it.

    I am in this forum mainly because I want to hear from people who are going to the schools where I plan on going and telling me their stories, good or bad.

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