Looking for LPN school in Colorado - page 22

I am looking for a LPN program in Colorado. I heard Emily Griffith has a great program but I want to later move into RN program. I also checked in Regis What do you think?... Read More

  1. by   bekindtokittens
    Thanks for the congrats! Now I just need to get in gear and study for the NCLEX. As for PPCC getting organized...I guess anything is possible! My only gripe was that they would wait until we started class before we found out when our clinicals were, and where. It made it hard to plan anything. And I liked 99% of my instructors. There were only two, one classroom, and one clinical, out of them all, that I ever butted heads with.

    As of now, both Penrose and Memorial has suspended their new grad programs. Memorial's "Bethel Scholar" program is still there because those students got scholarships from Memorial, so of course Memorial wants to get their money's worth and they will hire them first before any other new grads. I know of at least one classmate who got a scholarship from Penrose, so she will be hired before any other new grads too. Both hospitals are still accepting applications, as in you can apply for jobs online, but most of them say they want a year experience.

    A nurse recruiter from Penrose even came to talk to us in class one day. He said with the economy, it only made sense for them to get rid of the new grad program. For every job they post, they get at least 50 experienced applicants. So what I got from that is, new grads are screwed right now, heh. Especially ones like me who haven't been working in a hospital already. It's okay though, now that I know what's going on, I've just stopped applying for jobs until I take my NCLEX. And I am not too proud to work in an LTC; I like the geriatric population and I think it's a place to get good experience, especially on a skilled unit.
  2. by   CBsMommy
    In my CNA class, we didn't know who was doing what clinical and where until the week before. And then we had to battle it out for position. It was crazy!

    I'm sorry to hear about the Memorial and Penrose new grad program. That's too bad. I'm like you though, I don't care if I work in geriatrics for a while to get my foot in the door. I actually had a blast working with the geriatric population. There was one guy there who had 6 girlfriends in different parts of the building. It was hilarious!

    Anyway, are you going on to get your BSN? I was curious too, if you continue on with your BSN, for instance, at Beth-El, and they are nationally accredited, I wonder if you can go anywhere after getting your BSN? I wouldn't mind moving. I like Colorado but I'm willing to go where the jobs are after I graduate. I may not have to worry about that depending on what the economy is doing but I was just curious!
  3. by   Ksoon2beinCO
    Hey all! I am applying to the program for the next starting date, whenever that is. Is there anyone on here that was waitlisted? Does there program have a really long waitlist like some of the community colleges in the area? I do have all my pre-req's and a BA in another field. I used to be a CNA in Arkansas and worked at the children's hospital there, but that was several years ago. We are military and I'd like to finally get my schooling started and FINISHED.

    I am moving to the Springs in August and would like to get in the first class, (wouldn't everyone). Also, I'm moving from the DC area where traffic is a monster, would driving from the Springs to Pueblo be a bad thing, I mean during the winter months?

  4. by   bekindtokittens
    Yes, if you get into an RN-BSN program like Beth-El, and it's nationally accredited (Beth-El is), then you are a graduate of a nationally accredited program. At least, that's what an instructor told our class. I am planning on getting my BSN sometime in the future, but maybe work for a year first. I'm considering Beth-El or CSU Pueblo. I also hear good things about the online program at UNC Greeley. The program I really wanted to go to was Fort Hays University, but I exchanged some emails with their nursing department rep and you have to graduate from a nationally accredited program to be accepted there. Bummer, because their program looks really good and their tuition is very nice on the budget!
  5. by   CBsMommy
    I just found out that I am in for the Spring 2010 class. I was hoping for the Fall 09 class but I will take it! It gives me a little more time to save up some money. Good luck to everyone still waiting and BeKindToKittens - Good Luck on your NCLEX!
  6. by   bekindtokittens
    Congratulations on getting a spot! Maybe if they have some people drop out of the Fall 09 class, you'll get their spot! I'll keep my fingers crossed for you.

    I got my ATT number today and I scheduled my NCLEX for June 29th! I'm so scared now, it's all real.

    And I got an email today from the RN-BSN coordinator of Fort Hays, and she said after some research, PPCC graduates can transfer to Fort Hays. I'm so happy that my school of choice will accept my degree.
  7. by   CBsMommy
    Congrats to you too on Fort Hays! Let us know how you did on your NCLEX and good luck!
  8. by   Ksoon2beinCO
    Hi all,

    I'm applying to both CSU_Pueblo and Beth-El accelerated nursing programs. I don't live in Colorado right now, so I don't have much information on either besides what's on the websites. I'm moving there in August and would like to know a few things such as:

    Pueblo - What would the commute be like from Colorado Springs? Especially during the winter. I live in Northern VA/DC area right now and can deal with traffic, but not so sure about driving in a lot of snow. Also, I see that Pueblo students haven't done so well in terms of NCLEX testing, is there anyone here that could shed some light. Say, maybe from one of the previous graduating classes. Do you feel as though this was the school's fault for not preparting the students as well or the individuals? There is obviously something wrong. What do hospitals say about Pueblo nursing students?

    Beth-El - Is this program extremely competitive to get in? What do hospitals say about Beth-El's students? How are students accepted? GPA? Interview? Essay?

  9. by   bekindtokittens
    I went to Pikes Peak Community College in Colorado Springs, so I really can't tell you much about Beth-El students. We ran into them during our clinicals and they seemed to be prepared just as well as we were. They were a younger crowd than my class. Our average class age was early-thirties.

    I did a set of clinicals at the Colorado Mental Health Institute in Pueblo, and it took me about an hour to get there. The drive is on a decent highway, and if you're experienced with driving in snow, you shouldn't have any troubles.

    I wish I could help you more. Good luck.
  10. by   Penny8611
    I can't really tell you anything about either school, but I would say that I, personally, would not choose to live in the Springs if I was going to school in Pueblo. During good weather it's not a horrible drive, but during snow/ice, it can be really ugly. Pueblo doesn't get as much snow as the Springs can, but the wind and temperatures can make for really horrible driving conditions.

    Where ever you choose to go to school, I would really recommend living nearby...I'm a Colorado native and have lived in both Pueblo and the Springs.

    Best of luck!!!!
  11. by   wlee0124
    Hi, I need big help from people in APU SCAN program or people who have applied there.

    I have applied to the program myself for Fall 2009. Just last week, I have received phone call from nursing department telling me I was missing prerequisite of Research Class they required. I have done independent research project, but apparently they need a lecture class about introduction to research and methods/processes. They recommanded me University of Phoenix, but I am interational student at UCSD and University of Phoenix does not accept international student. APU wants me to complete it before the orientation which is in August. I tried to find few by myself, but having limitations like visa status and time, I couldn't find a lot. If you guys completed the research prerequities for APU's SCAN program near San Diego, Irvine, LA, or San Francisco area please tell me the school name and the course number. I can look up the date and whether if the school accept international student or not so anything about this would really help. Thank you
  12. by   study2Bnurse
    Did you mean for this to be in the California forum?
  13. by   Peeker19
    Does anyone have any experience with Fort Logan Mental hospital? I just got my clinical assignment for fall and was wondering what I can expect?

    Thanks for your help!