Looking for LPN school in Colorado - page 46

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   One1
    Quote from mkggirl
    Denver school of nursing is accreditied by the colorado commision if higher education (CCHE) They are now seeking NLN. I bet within the next couple of months they will be candidate status. They had to get CCNE before they could get NLN and seeming how they just got CCNE a few months back they need some time. I heard that by June everything will be in order. However if you look at the site for Regis they have NLN and CCNE (you only need one) but I do not see there national accreditation?. I would think they need CCHE or another type of national accreditation?
    The colorado commission of higher education is not the same as the HLC (Higher Learning Commission). The CCHE just allows DSN students to sit for the NCLEX once they pass the program

    The Denver School of Nursing, and its programs, are also approved and regulated by the Colorado Department of Higher Education, Private Occupational School Board. These approvals mean that our graduates can take the NCLEX-RN exam.

    The HLC, however, is an agency that grants regional accreditation. This is an academically important accreditation and is not nursing specific. Rather, this accreditation is important if you want to continue your education at a later point (e.g. BSN to Master's) or if you want to transfer college credits. It can be confusing to hear about regional and national accreditation, but from an academic point of view, regional accreditation is more important than national accreditation. Here is a link for a website that explains the differences. Look especially in the Issues to Consider section.
    Since Regis is already regionally accredited, national accreditation would not offer further advantages.

    DSN, like I said before, has at this point Candidacy status with the HLC, which means they are working on receiving regional accreditation, but do not have it at this point, and it might be a while before they will receive it (which is standard procedure, but should be considered in your personal graduation timeline). Here is the link to the HLC

    Hope that clarified things a bit!
  2. by   leahjack1016
    Hi Malfijo,

    I am concerned with that too.. =( I was told it's only a big deal if you want to work for Children's (which I would) or for University Hospital. =( I don't know. Barb said that if they do get accredited prior to graduation, we will be involved but not grandfathered in if it happens later. So. I can't tell. Are you male or female. I really am so very excited!
  3. by   mkggirl
    Yes, thank you that. It helps clarify. This is quite confusing. But, some schools (KU) does take what accreditation DSN already has for a grad program. I also called a few others that would accept DSN accreditation. That is why I am not concerned, not to mention I do not start until April so I will not gratuate for 2 years after that. And look at how many schools do not get accredited after being candidate status? Not many. So I am sure DSN will do everything they can to ensure this goes through. Their goal is to have a grad program. SO this is in their best interest as well as ours (as students) to get the proper accrediations.

    But it was explainted to me that each program had different needs. Fpr example the LPN program needed a different accreditaion than the BSN. SO there is an order that they have to follow. Then I spoke with a nurse educator from KU and she explained it the same as DSN's advisor. It all just takes some time to get. And NLN can be a fast process. I spoke to a woman from NLN who said "it can take a few months to two years depending on how fast the school wants to move".
  4. by   One1
    I absolutely believe that DSN is working on receiving all necessary accreditations, and I also think that it is more a question of when than if they will get them. I just noticed, when talking to other pre-nursing students, that there is a lot of confusion about which accreditations DSN already has, not has, or is working on. Also, it seems that DSN is throwing out a lot of, let's say, very optimistic timelines of when they think they will have their accreditations, and I, for one, am not willing to gamble on these timelines coming through before I graduate, but that is just me. Also, the schools that I would like to go to for an NP program would not accept DSN BSNs at this point (without the regional accreditation) which sealed the deal for me, so to speak.
  5. by   Nevada_RN
    I'm applying to Pikes Peak CC's nursing program, however I've been hearing that Morgan CC has a shorter waiting list. I figured I'd ask around to see which school has a shorter waiting list. I really want to be a nurse and it seems that the waitlist is the only way to go these days. Nevada schools are WAY too competitive... Minimum of a 3.8 to get in it seems. Thanks to all for your help in advance.
  6. by   CBsMommy
    Hi there - PPCC no longer has a waitlist. They are now competitive by grades. And you have to pass the TEAS exam. I'm not sure about Morgan CC. I don't think Pikes Peak's grades are as competitive as 3.8. Last summer they switched from a waitlist to competitive but took everyone that was already on the waitlist (took the top 90 people). I talked to one of the nursing counselors at the college and she stated that the average GPA was 2.9 in pre-reqs. So, if you apply soon, you still have a chance. Otherwise, it is very likely that the average GPA may jump up to 3.8. Good luck!
  7. by   trichick31

    I was wondering how much the deposit was for Regis and what the deadline is...I was accepted as an alternate. It would be great to know if that date has passed yet.

  8. by   Xtina2010
    The deposit was $325 (if i remember correctly) and it was due late november, so hopefully u will be hearing something soon! good luck!
  9. by   Sand_Dollar
    Hi Dina,

    Sorry, I didn't see your post sooner. I am so glad things have worked out for you! Did you have AR as a prof, or another? I had her for AP1 and she was a hard marker, especially on labs. But I had a different prof for AP2 and never lost a mark on a lab.... lessons learned!

    Do you have any more classes to take through ccconline? I am registered for Interpersonal Comm, Western Civ, Stats, Music Apprec, Logic and Sociology and then I am finished (with my AS) - woohoo!! What school(s) will you be applying to when you're done?

    Thanks for the good wishes, you know I will post it here if I get in! LOL

  10. by   Benedina
    Hi, Sand Dollar. Yes, AR as a professor, both halves. I have had to work hard to keep my 4.0 but I look on that as preparation for nursing school.

    If I apply to UNC this January, then I need to take Nutrition, Pathophysiology and Pharmacology this Spring. (I've already started nutrition.) I've already got my Bachelor's & Master's (in another field) so those are the only prerequisites left for UNC. If I were applying to CU, I'd still need Microbiology & Statistics.

    But I may pause here for a semester or two and really see how I like CNA work in a hospital setting. I'm *so* pleased to be starting that job next week!

    Keeping my fingers crossed for you,

  11. by   CBsMommy
    To the OP: Denver is a nice place to live and the UC campus is beautiful. The light rail goes right in the back (or front) of the college. I would agree that I wouldn't want to live right around the college but I don't think it's that bad of an area. LoDo (or Lower Downtown Denver) is right there and is a huge drinking street that a lot of the college kids go to so it's right around the nightlife. If you are looking for a place to live, I would prefer south Denver, right around Lincoln Street. It's a little more expensive but a great area near the new Skyridge Hospital. Other than that, I'm not too sure about the program. Good luck in whatever you decide!
  12. by   roxyr82

    The deposit for Regis is actually $350, and when you are accepted they will give you about a week (or two, I forget) to accept your spot with the deposit. They can let you know you are accepted up untill the first day of class!
  13. by   dlady777
    I'm hoping to find some nursing students who are attending OJC Nursing program. What is the program like and do you find the instructors to be helpful. The biggest thing I hear now a days is the student not getting along with their instructor or they aren't learning. What's your rating on this school and any advice you think I need now to be prepared for the Fall 2010 program. Thanks friends!