need info on San Diego KAPLAN

  1. Hi!

    ok so ive already gone to kaplan and talked to one of their reps about their rn program.. ive let all the info marinate for the past couple months.. and ive decided to go with them for their RN program because of time..

    However, i do not want to do the other programs they were trying to sell to me.. i.e. pcat, MA or CNA.. i have a lot of family in the industry and they are all helping me out.. and have advised me to go CNA through ROP to help with costs..

    so my question now. is if i go and complete the cna course through ROP, whats my next step?

    I know i should go and talk to someone from kaplan, but i just do not trust them not to try and sell me their other programs.

    what will i need to apply to the RN program? how long will i have to work as a CNA to have sufficient medical experience (im currently a massage therapist and i know that would probbably not be considered any medical experience, though the rep was gonna look in it. but i didnt see what for).. and what tests will i need and so forth? and how long exactly is the RN program for kaplan.. i plan to get my bsn, through uop, but later on in my career...

    other schools ive looked into was National.I have a friend whos a rep there and she helped me out in understanding their program.. and the only thing deterring me away from there is the time issue..

    I know im asking a lot of questions that should have been answered my first round about when i went and talked to the kaplan rep but i kid you not she talked so fast and i felt so uneased by her car sales man approach that I knew i had to do my own research.

    SO if anyone out there can please help me out and point me in the right directions i would most gladly appreciate it very much.


    and this is off topic queston but lets say you are license as a RN in california, what would you need if anything needed if you were to move out of state, like to the Nyc?
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  3. by   brighella
    I live in San Diego and what I have been told is that most of the hospitals in the area will not hire Kaplan or National grads because they are desperately unsafe and underprepared. Before spending that kind of money, look for an accredited school. I would call Human Resources departments to see if theres a better CNA school to be found.
  4. by   lolwut
    Quote from brighella
    I live in San Diego and what I have been told is that most of the hospitals in the area will not hire Kaplan or National grads because they are desperately unsafe and underprepared.
    Who told you this? I'm wondering because I have been considering Kaplan.
  5. by   brighella
    I just finished my BSN and i have been told this by too many members of faculty, nurses on the floors at many of the local hospitals, and classmates who work in administration prior to getting their degrees to count. I have been told that more than a few times they have tried out those candidates from those schools that seemed sharp, and end up having to dismiss them due to serious breaches in safety and general incompetence. So now there are hospitals in the area that will not even consider their grads.
  6. by   craziechiq
    I definitely would try to be a cna through ROP or go to Southwestern or something like that. Its not worth the price there. I just cannot justify spending over $50,000 for an associates and then only having a 75% nclex pass rate. That just tells me something about their school. I did not know about the safety issues. I volunteer at Kaiser so next time I go in, I'll have to ask around to see what they say.
  7. by   lolwut
    Quote from craziechiq
    I volunteer at Kaiser so next time I go in, I'll have to ask around to see what they say.
    Please do. The 50k for an associates is insane, but if their grads are adequately trained and can get jobs, it's an option that can get someone into the profession without having to waitlist for 3 years. Also, that person is in and out in under 2 years, compared to 2.5 years for a community college program. Of course, it's all meaningless if hospitals won't hire them.

    To the OP: I don't have my paperwork in front of me, and it's been a while since I've talked with Kaplan, but I want to say the work experience has to be 6 months, verified by letter from employer. You'll also need acceptable scores on teh TEAS and Wonderlic tests, 2 letters of reccomendation, HS transcripts even if you have a college degree, urine test, and background check. The program is just under 24 months. I think it's 20, but don't quote me on that.

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