kaplan college in Vista - page 7

hey i just moved to california from connecticut. i met with kaplan college about their lvn program and i just ned some feedback about your experience as a student or grad. i really need this help... Read More

  1. by   wishing2nurse
    Hi, I'm hoping you can answer my question....I was planning on using my post 9/11 Gi Bill for the LVN program at Kaplan College in Vista. However, after reading about the 9/11 GI Bill at www.gibill.va.gov.....it stated that it doesn't cover vocational/technical schools...only higher learning institutions that offer DEGREES. Were you able to use it at Kaplan? Anyone who can answer this, it would be greatly appreciated. Thanks so much!
  2. by   precioushead
    Go to http://www.gibill.va.gov/ and scroll down the find a school. Under Approved Education & Job Training Programs click on Search for approved Education & Job Training Programs. Use the search engine to find an approved school. Kaplan is on there. Hope this helps.
  3. by   wishing2nurse
    Thanks so much precioushead. I couldn't sleep last night! At least I'll be at ease now. Thanks again.
  4. by   precioushead
    You are most welcome. Hope it all works out for you.
  5. by   lilcb1
    Hi everyone! Does anyone know the exact cost of Kaplan College in Vista for the RN program? I'm at Cypress College doing the prerequisites and when i finish those i still have to wait 5 years to wait till i get in to the nursing program. I really want to finish as soon as possible.
  6. by   anaf
    It's about 50k, if you are not transferring any classes.. I'm not a student there though. But I did visit the San Diego campus and got some information. You also need at least 6 months of medical experience before applying to the program.
  7. by   gdoubleu
    The RN program is only offered at the San Diego campus. I'm currently in my second semester there. The admissions process is based on a point system so you do not necessarily need 6 months medical experience, but the admissions reps will definitely tell you that or try to make you take some other medical class they offer (PCAT, MA, or CNA) since being an alumni there gives you points as well. Having a bachelors in another field also helps you get in (no medical experience required) and they also look at your teas score (must be in the mid-high 80s).
  8. by   anaf
    Quote from gdoubleu
    The RN program is only offered at the San Diego campus. I'm currently in my second semester there. The admissions process is based on a point system so you do not necessarily need 6 months medical experience, but the admissions reps will definitely tell you that or try to make you take some other medical class they offer (PCAT, MA, or CNA) since being an alumni there gives you points as well. Having a bachelors in another field also helps you get in (no medical experience required) and they also look at your teas score (must be in the mid-high 80s).

    So you don't need medical experience?? That's interesting.. they told me I needed it to even be considered, that's why I didn't even bother to apply. I don't have a bachelors either, so do you think I could apply?
    How do u like the program so far?
  9. by   gdoubleu
    Honestly, above all, Kaplan is a for-profit school and a lot of the admissions reps are skeezy and will tell you anything. The admissions dept really has no say on acceptance into the program since selection is done by the director of nursing, they can only inform you on the trend of those who were actually accepted. I don't know how much weight medical experience, a bachelors, or being an alumni is placed on the admissions process, but I'm sure that having either would greatly help your chances since your teas score would be the only thing they would be able to base your possible acceptance on. I'm guessing you'd have to blow the teas out of the water to be considered without any of the other stuff since Kaplan is becoming a very popular option to get a nursing degree.

    I was accepted on my first try, but I did shell out 4k to do their CNA program ( Crazy I know, but since my husband is in the miltary I was able to get aid to pay for it). I haven't worked as a CNA and have no medical experience whatsoever. I also have a few classmates with degrees in other fields and were accepted with absolutely medical experience as well. I am very happy with my decision to attend kaplan. Once you get in and past admissions it's a whole different world. Kaplans board pass rate is up to 96% and of the teachers I've encountered so far I can definitely tell why. They definitely strive to give you the right knowledge to pass boards and the experience to be a good nurse in the real world.
  10. by   anaf
    I'm glad to hear that it's a good program!! I'm not about to spend 4,000 for a cna though. I'm thinking about doing the CNA course in San Francisco. It's 4 weeks long and only $900, after that I will apply there.
  11. by   Excitedabout2011
    Hello. I am looking for information about Kaplan's LVN program. I went in to take the first test the other day and passed...they said that you have to get a 21 to pass and wouldn't tell me what my score was..thought that was strange. I was wondering what other tests you have to take and is it as hard to get into the program at Kaplan as it is to get in to the community college. I am a nervous wreck about spending so much money on school....I have a year to get this done while my husband is exhausting his unemployment and therefore able to save us money on daycare allowing me to work part-time.

    I currently make 20 bucks an hour as a checker at the local grocery chain...and a counselor told me that they are considering dropping the Lvn program because there aren't any jobs. Once I give up my senior clerk position I am stuck making 5 bucks less an hour and no more 40 hour weeks either.

    Does anyone know if it is true that it is hard to get a job fresh out of school in the Stockton, Ca area?
    What tests do you have to take?
    Do you have to sign the dotted line before they let you know about financial aid and what part of the amt. you owe?
    Does anyone know about the pell grant and how many times I would get it for the program that starts in December?

    Thank you for your time
    Does anyone know
  12. by   Excitedabout2011
    Another question...My friend told me that I need to make sure it is an accredited school or I cannot use the credits to get my BSN...does anyone know if it is accredited?
  13. by   dark40
    well my friend that worksat a hospital said that they are removing out lvn and renaming them as clinical care technicians, wowwwww.

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