Denver School of Nursing--BSN experience - page 9

Hi there, I'm starting this thread for people interested in the Denver School of Nursing. I'm starting the BSN program in Oct 2006, and I'm going to try and post regularly to give new/prospective... Read More

  1. by   ladyscorpian14
    anyone applying for july 2012 I'm going to be using my gi bill so money is really not an issuie
  2. by   amma21888
    I have been researching this school for some time now, deciding on whether or not I should apply and attend. I finally decided to apply for the July start date and was feeling pretty good about my decision based on the reviews on this website. However, I recently have came across some reviews online that are making me change my mind. There are quite a few recent reviews from students stating how unprofessional and horrible the school is. Many of them say they are transferring and would not reccomend the school to anyone. Yikes!

    Heres the website:
    Denver School of Nursing - Student Reviews

    Are there any current or recent DSN students that would say the same thing? Or anyone who has attended DSN in the past year that would have something positive to say about the school? After reading those reviews I want to make sure I am attending a decent school and I wont be getting myself into a mess by attending DSN.

    Any info helps, thanks!
  3. by   Nursedenver
    I saw those blogs as well and to me it looks like a group of students that didn't pass some courses and had to leave the program. I'm sure they're very frustrated because the program isn't easy. If they're still in school and are having problems I think it's sad that they would knock the very school they'll be graduating from. No program is perfect but I know that my classmates like me were very happy with our education and the care and help we got from the DSN staff. I think if the program was bad you would see more than a few unhappy students bloging out of some 1200 graduates. I was told yesterday by my friend that's still attending DSN that the 2011 NCLEX pass rates posted on the State Board of Nursing website show DSNs NCLEX pass rates as high if not higher for both ADN and BSN than most Colorado schools. In fact higher than Regis! Check it out for yourself and see, I think that's the best way.
  4. by   SummitRN
    DSN won't let their students take NCLEX unless they pass a HESI that pretdicts a very high chance of passing NCLEX. That is even if a student otherwise passes their courses. And what percentage of students who start a DSN cohort get booted out of hte program before that final HESI?

    Other schools filter on the front end with 5% or 10% acceptance rates into the program and have every student that starts the program prove capable of graduating and sitting for NCLEX even if 5% or 10% having to take NCLEX a second time.

    Is it better to be filtered out of nursing after you put in 2 years and $50K?

    NCLEX first-time-pass rates aren't always comparable between schools.
  5. by   Nursedenver
    When I was a DSN student we took the HESI exams from the start and all through the program. The students that didn't pass either dropped out way before the end of the program or got help from the instructors and retook the courses they needed to pass. That being said, 93% of the students I started with in my cohort graduated. The 2011 NCLEX numbers just got posted on the state board website and since DSN has as many graduates if not more than CU and Regis every year, I think it's very easy to compare numbers. I had a great expierence at DSN and really am doing well at my job because of the level of my skills learned there. I'm wondering if some of these negative posts are from students that didn't make it through. I've heard from talking to graduates from Regis and CU where I work that they wouldn't call their schools programs perfect either. The biggest result for me was that I passed the NCLX, have a great job and I didn't have to apply 3 or 4 times or wait years to get started like some of my co-workers did.
  6. by   kaiteelinn
    I am a current DSN student. I am in the full BSN and am in my second quarter of the actual RN courses. However I have been at DSN since April 2010, as I took my pre-req there as well ( so actually this is my 8th quarter at DSN). I must say that I have seen some of the horrible reviews about DSN and I truly believe that they were made by students who did not pass. Before applying keep in mind that DSN is an accelerated program. While it is not competitive, it is challenging, because our grading scale is askew. While most colleges say passing is a 70, at DSN you must have a 78 to pass any course. This is a 78% requirement on tests and quizzes only, which means that your papers and careplans do not count toward passing you, they just "fluff" your grade. The HESI is the reason I think DSN does so well on the NCLEX (check a recent story in the Denver Post, as DSN has one of the highest NCLEX averages in the country), because with each nursing course you must take the HESI which counts as your final. It counts for 20% of your grade and you get two tries to take it. The labs are awesome and, in my opinion, really give you hands on experience. I went to Platt College for two quarters before going to DSN and I must say DSN's lab is AMAZING! At Platt, they had three beds and you only got to try something once. At DSN you MUST practice AT LEAST three or four times and get checked off by a faculty member. Most of the faculty is very helpful and obviously want you to succeed. One thing I know people are turned off by is that DSN is not NLN Accredited. The Associate Dean recently came to talk to all of the classes and explained why on our last visit, the NLN folks thought they needed more data before giving us our accreditation. You see, when NLN came out they gave every student a survey to fill out. Many students used this to complain, as if the NLN had the ability to fire a difficult teacher or give us free parking. Therefor the NLN decided we needed to have better communication between faculty and students. Since then the SNA and the faculty have been working diligently to improve our school. The NLN is coming back to walk through DSN and see our changes later this month. Platt College recently became NLN accredited, and because of my history there I know that if they could get it, DSN will get it as well. All in all DSN is a great place. Students are friendly, faculty is competent and knowledgable and has an all-around family feeling.It is very diverse and they give you what you need to be a safe and competent RN. Good Luck to prospective students!!!
  7. by   ec7855
    Hey Kaiteelinn -

    Has the NLN come through for a final decision on the school? Per NLN website, DSN accreditation is suppose to be determined by March 2012. Have you heard anything? Thanks a lot!

  8. by   Nursedenver
    I've heard from my friends that still attend DSN that the NLNAC visit at the end of February went very well. They told me they won't know for sure until the national board votes in mid July. I know that my firends from DSN that graduated in December all passed their NCLEX and most of them already have jobs. I'm sure you can call the school and they can give you more detailed information. Good luck!
  9. by   kaiteelinn
    The last NLN visit in February went great! I attended one of the forums and it they really liked us! Last year when they visited and decided we needed to do more to get accredited, it was because 1.) Our students were not involved in much. Now, our SNA is involved in many charities, we have a news paper and plan events. 2.) For some reason students used the forum last year to complain about issues that the school has no control over and NLN has no control over. It gave the NLN a bad taste in their mouth I think. The issues people complained about were parking and some even complained about the extreme difficulty it takes to pass. To those people I say, "This is an accelerated nursing school! It is supposed to be hard!"

    The reason I go into the past issues is because I want to make it clear that we took the faculty, student and NLN concerns and have improved. The schedule comes out 2 weeks before the term ends and does not change. We are more involved in our community and there is more student activities being planned. The denver post just did an article about how DSN has one of the highest NCLEX pass rates in the country, and if you think the NLN did not notice they did! During the Forum I attended the facilitators brought up the pass rates and our awesome HESI scores. They said that it reflects very well upon us!

    We will not hear until the board approves or denies us and I think that is not until July. However I think this last visit went great!
  10. by   alex-molina
    Hi everyone! I have sent in my application for dson and am wondering how competitive the program is. I live in cali and the waiting lists here are insane for nursing schools. Also, all the schools out here want 4.0 students which is not me. I have a 3.0 and have two w's on my transcripts . If anyone knows please be completely honest with me on my chances of getting in. I am hoping they will except me
  11. by   kaiteelinn
    It is not hard to get in. You have to take a HESI (they will give you the study guide first) and as long as you pass you should get in. If you have to take any pre-reqs take it at DSN as there is not wait list then (ex. if you need nutrition, take it at DSN and then you will automatically be on the roster for the next quarter after you finish nutrition.) This may save you a quarter of waiting. If you do not need any, you may have to wait two quarters before starting. I think the most I have heard of anyone waiting is 2 quarters, some do not even get wait listed. The program is first come first serve, so the earlier you apply the sooner you will start. Good luck! See you at DSN!

    OH! BTW, there are a ton of students from Cali at DSN, you will fit in great!
  12. by   alex-molina
    Thanks for your reply !! I have every pre req done so now i am just waiting to get in so if i don't get in this time do they put me on a waiting list or do i just keep applying? Anyone know what the school schedule is like? I am trying to figure out if i can work or not... Thanks
  13. by   kaiteelinn
    The first few quarters are rough. You do not have to keep applying, I don't think. If you pass HESI you get in. You just may have to wait longer to start. I do not recommend working. I worked at a hospital as CNA the first two quarters an it just about killed me! Lots of students work though, it just depends on you.

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