Looking for LPN school in Colorado - page 7

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   Jasmine07
    hello everybody,

    has anyone gotten your acceptance letter yet? i just received mine for july 2008 start. i feel very excited and at the same time a little scared. it would be a big change in my life.

    also, i read the thread in the "general nursing student discussion" forum that 50 out of 100 students fail the program. that makes me nervous. i am a good student, but i know that the nursing school is very hard.

    have you heard anything about failure rate at dson? are instructors willing to meet with you after class to help you if you did not understand something? is there any tutoring system at the school?

    i would appreciate if any present students could share their experience.
  2. by   tsalagicara
    I'd love to know the same thing about the pass/fail rate at Denver School of Nursing, what kind of education one receives, how are the teachers, is there a skills lab where you can practice, etc. Any current DSON students, please feel free to post a reply to this or message me privately. I am seriously considering DSON for the April 2008 A.D.N. program (it's the one with the pre-reqs rolled in). Anyone else starting in April '08? I'd love to know, and current DSON students, I'd really love to know about your experiences and the education you are receiving. Thanks!! :spin:
  3. by   KJ0615

    I just started DSN in January, so I will answer you as best I can. Please clarify what you mean by the pass/fail rate (nclex?). The teachers are all very knowledgeable and are interested in student success. I am in the BSN program, and our first quarter is very demanding. There are skills labs. Are you currently a LPN?
  4. by   Jasmine07
    I do not know who you asked about LPN: me or the other girl. I am not a LPN. I just got accepted to BSN program and will start in July.

    I saw NCLEX passing rates for BSN and ADN programs on the BON. They look very good, more than 90 %.

    When I had the Anatomy class, we started with 26 students and only 14 finished the class. Rest just withdrew because they were failing exams and lab quizzes. On the other forum, I also read that only 50 out of 100 students graduate from the NS.

    What I meant by the failure rate is how many students actually graduate or make through the quarter. Are there any tutors available at the school if you need a help with some subject? Are teachers willing to meet with a student after class (or any other day) and help if there is a need?
    What classes do you have in your first quarter? Would you suggest to start studying something while I am waiting?

    Thank you for your time.
  5. by   hope3456
    I am a RN - I can't speak specifically to DSN but I can tell you is that many nursing schools have a high 'attrition rate.' Basically the number of people who drop or fail out. It sounds mean, but it is true. I went to FRCC and from start to finish, we lost about 30% of the class. I've heard of other classes that lost over 50%

    Alot of people aren't prepared when entering nsg school for how time consuming it will be....they think they can still work full time, still go skiing every weekend, they have too many family obligations, ect. To be successful in any nsg program and then to be able to pass the state boards, you have to study ALOT!

    You (the PP) sound pretty motivated, so you should do fine. It is a great idea to get a head start on studying.
    Last edit by hope3456 on Feb 13, '08
  6. by   tsalagicara
    Great, thanks for the replies. I was mainly wondering about the pass/fail rates for the NCLEX. Also -- has anyone going to DSON gotten a loan other than a Sallie Mae loan? Has anyone received scholarships? I think my main issue going to DSON is the money. It scares me to take out a loan for $35,000. To those that go to DSON -- what is your opinion of the school and the education you're receiving? Would I be better off to finish my remaining pre-reqs at a community college and then be put on their waitlist?? I just hate the thought of waiting for 2-3 years to even start my nursing education. It's just ridiculous. Any advice, I'd gladly accept. Thanks!!

    Cara R.
  7. by   Satori77
    I keep going back to looking at this school, though it is up in Denver and I hate driving in Denver. I have a couple years of general college (51 credit hours to be exact). For the accelerated BSN, you need 60, and to include the prereqs. I have all the prereqs except A&P and Micro and Human Growth and Development. Once I take those, I will have all the classes done, plus the 60 needed credit hours. I was wondering if this is actually a better option than trying to go somewhere else for the RN (when I want a BSN eventually anyway) or going on a waitlist. Does it sound like a good plan?

    For those that go there, can you take the light rail? Is there a station near the school? Or buses that go around there? I really would not like driving up there, finding parking, paying for parking, then walking several blocks in possible bad weather. Thanks.
  8. by   kasperas
    Any updates on Denver School of Nursing's accreditation situation. Im planning on applying soon, and knowing that they are squared away would ease a lot of my aprehension.
  9. by   tsalagicara
    Any DSON graduates or current students doing clinicals, I'd love to hear from you. I have been doing a lot of thinking about nursing school, and trying to reach the best decision for me and my family. I'm considering the LPN program at Concorde, however, I've done some research and there just aren't as many LPN opportunities as I'd like around here. I want to work at a hospital. I don't think any hospitals in the area even hire LPNs anymore; if they do, it's not posted on any of their websites. After a lot of thinking and careful consideration, I think my best bet is to go straight for my RN, and I want to go to Denver School of Nursing. It's in a very convenient location -- right down the street from the Market Street station, so I wouldn't even have to drive. I like that DSON students don't always have to go to school every day of the week. I like DSON's reputation too. People have a lot of good things to say about them. What I really want/need to know is about the money. How many of you applied and got the Sallie Mae loan? How easy is it to get a job as a DSON graduate? How about clinicals -- what are your clinical sites saying about DSON students; how are they treating you? Has anyone graduated from DSON and gotten a job at a hospital with the loan forgiveness option? I am really close to making a final decision and I hope that I will still be able to start in April. Knowing these things would help me make my final decision. Also -- how soon do you have to have health insurance when starting DSON? I'm in the process of getting Medicaid. Thanks again in advance! Oy, I'm just excited and ready to start nursing school. :spin:
  10. by   GizmosMom
    Any updates on Denver School of Nursing's accreditation situation. Im planning on applying soon, and knowing that they are squared away would ease a lot of my aprehension.

    This is from the 10.24.07 BON Board Minutes (I don't know exactly what this means, but it sounds more good than bad):

    Phase IV Self-Study Application for Interim Approval
    Denver School of Nursing - BSN Program. The Board reviewed a memorandum from Roberta Hills, Nursing Education Specialist, and supporting documentation. After discussion a Motion was made, seconded and carried to grant continued Interim Approval for a period of one year.
  11. by   salsaking
    Well......... after being rejected by all the schools in CA for the 2nd straight semester I have decided to pursue DSoN. I am going to apply for the OCt BSN program. Can anyone post a sample schedule so I can have idea how much time I will have to work and support myself when I move out there? Wish me luck folks..................
  12. by   KJ0615

    I am just about to finish my first quarter, and here is what that schedule is:

    Monday - Health Assessment Lab 9 AM - Noon

    Tuesday - Pharmacology 9 AM - 11:45
    Topics in Nursing 1 PM - 3:15

    Wednesday - Pathophsiology 8:30 AM - 10:45
    Pharmacology 1 PM - 3:15

    Thursday - Pathophysiology 8:30 AM - 10:45
    Health Assessment 1:00 PM - 3:45

    We were told that this would be the toughest quarter. I hope that this helps.
  13. by   salsaking
    Great, thanks alot! Any idea what the scheds will be like the second quarter? Man it's going to be difficult to find a job in the evenings and weekends that will fit around that schedule.