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Sep 25, '08Quote from MyBSNHi there! I cannot figure out how to send a private message (email)!!!
Thank you for your information. It is different issues like this that concern me. It is so difficult to find concrete answers!
Are you at Platt now? Did you go?
I am really wanting to know, and I have read other posts... hypothetically, after graduating Platt can I endorse my license in CA? Will I still have a BA in CA? Do you know where I can find out? This is my primary concern...
Thank you so much for you info... I am looking into it and am quite sure I will have more questions for you!!
You're welcome. As far as endorsement issues, you will need to call the California Board of Nursing. If you can pass NCLEX here in CO you shouldn't have any problems but again, check for yourself.
You will not have a BA but a BSN if you attend Platt. Whether or not it is recognized by the grad school you want to attend will be up to that grad school. Again, you will need to call the grad programs yourself for accurate information.
Just to remind you though -- Platt can still provide you with an RN whether or not their BSN will translate into a grad school situation for you.
Once you know whether or not the grad school you wish to attend accepts Platt as a university, your decision should be much easier.
And in answer to your question: no, I chose not to attend Platt and am in another BSN program.
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Good luck to you!
Sep 25, '08A few points:
Wildchipmunk raises good issues, but I'd like to make a small correction to this item:
Another thing to consider is that the credits at Platt are non-transferable. This is because they created their program with a different time line than other schools, NOT necessarily because it's less of an education. This would make an unforeseen forced move to another state a disaster.
This is not quite correct, and is a little misleading. A more correct way to say it is this: Platt credits are transferable at the discretion of the accepting school. This is true for my credits from Red Rocks as well. Once you leave the state of Colorado, schools decide to grant credit based on a review of the course description and (or so it seems to me) a quick check of what phase the moon is in. One current Platt student had their credits evaluated at a state school in PA when they applied for admission and received credit for them. They have since chosen to finish at Platt before they make the move, but not because their credits were not accepted.
Also, Platt currently has transfer agreements with several MSN programs, including the University of California at San Francisco--arguably the finest school of nursing in the country. The goal, as explained to me, is to make sure that every nursing specialty is available to us as graduates. This is, in fact, a requirement of the Colorado Board of Nursing--Platt students must be able to further their education.
Graduates of a state-approved nursing program in Colorado are eligible to sit for the NCLEX-RN and be granted a license to practice nursing in the state, which is a member of the Nursing Compact, a group of more than 20 states that recognize nursing licenses from member states.
California is not a member of the Nursing Compact, meaning that you must apply for a license in the state, but are not required to sit for the NCLEX again. As Wildchipmunk said, the best information on California will come from the state board of nursing. Information on the Nursing Compact can be found at: https://www.ncsbn.org/158.htm
In answer to your question about 35 months or 4 years--you attend school for 35 months, which is divided into 4 academic periods (freshman, sophomore, junior, senior) that we call academic years. Each academic year lasts about 36 weeks.
Hope this helps.
Sep 26, '08My apologies, I misspoke in my last post!
Platt is working on an agreement with UCSF (and others), and currently has articulation agreements with University of Phoenix and Grand Canyon (both regionally accredited universities offering in-residence and online MSN degrees.)
Sep 27, '08You seem to have an abundance of knowledge that I wish I had!!
Do you mind if I clarify? Several states (20+) will recognize a regional RN license. Is this received after one completes the RN program and passes the NCLEX Exam? And if the state does not recognize it that is when a licensed needs to be endorsed? Have you ever heard of a license being denied? ...Or generally speaking... if a current license is possessed (for example-a current license is held in CO) the individual must "simply" follow the states guidelines to have the current license endorsed?
Out of curiosity do you know why all states would not be a part of the compact?
I think that I understand the rest of the information... Thank you SOO much for all of it!
Sep 29, '08I went to a information session right when Platt opened up and they takled about the cost but it wasnt really 1on1. I guess my big fear is that they are similar to DSN where it is about 1800 a month and if that is about "right" I need to just plan on starting my ADN Aug 09' at a community college and transfering over because there is really NO WAY I could afford it. I am trying to not take out any loans other then Stanford loans/PELL.
I just wish that people in finiancial aid would TALK to you without making you jump through a MILLION HOOPS at some of these schools
Oct 8, '08Anyone willing to share about what the monthly payments were? I know Platt is expensive and everyone one is different but I was wondering if it was close to what DSN is.....$1800 or so
Oct 13, '08Quote from ColoradogrlI'm afraid that I cannot be of help, as I've gone through the program on loans or . I suspect that you could get an answer from someone in the office.Anyone willing to share about what the monthly payments were? I know Platt is expensive and everyone one is different but I was wondering if it was close to what DSN is.....$1800 or so
Oct 24, '08Hi all,
Sorry I have been MIA for a while; I have been doing my Senior practicum (Capstone) and working my other job as well as classes so life has been crazy. I will try to answer a few questions first and then tell you about my recent experiences.
Financial Aid: The financial aid office is one of the best things about Platt. They are EXTREMELY flexible, very helpful and will go out of their way to help you when you are about to miss a deadline, etc., even if they are on vacation. Yes, I have had personal experience with this. It all depends on how many classes you need to take. Basically every quarter 2-3 nursing classes are offered with 2-3 gen-ed/pre or co-req classes. For those people who had no science/gen-ed or pre-reqs coming in, you will probably have a full load of classes (and the charges to go with it) every quarter (this was me as my prior degree was a BA and the only science I took was Geology). However, if you have some prior classes, you will not pay as much and will have a lighter load. I decided to pay monthly, as I go, and there is no interest charged. In addition, if I was a bit late, it was not a big deal as long as I made them aware of that. Very much came in handy. So it is really hard to let you know how much it is going to cost as each individual is different. I would suggest you ask to speak to the financial aid office and they can give you many more specifics. Also, I have 3 alternative education loans, in addition to the Federal loans; Platt partners with almost every bank so that shouldn't be an issue.
NCLEX: Last I heard, could be slightly off, but last I heard, the first class had 8 out of 9 pass on their first try and 1 passed on her 2nd try. My class should be taking the NCLEX around January, maybe late December, so there should be reportable numbers at that time. We all just recently took a predictor test and everyone did very well on it.
Graduate School: I plan on going to graduate school very soon. However, I have no intention of leaving a job and going to a proper campus so will probably end up doing it online. There are many schools that do have agreements with Platt, including the ones mentioned above and due to the fact that only 10% of nurses have an advanced degree these days, I have no worries about someone saying OMG, you went to University of Phoenix?? Noone cares as long as you have that Masters degree. Of the first class, I know of at least 1 person who has applied for Graduate School and has been accepted pending completion of a full year of nursing.
JOBS: There are many hospitals, including Children's and Craig, that say, on their website (mainly due to their Magnet Status), that they will only accept (although the fine print actually says "preferred") those students from an accredited school and sometimes the accreditation body is named. I have spoken with people there, and am in the process of applying at Craig, while I have a friend who is applying at Children's, and the word is that they are very impressed with what they have seen of Platt students and want us to apply. In addition, Children's has already hired many people from DSN which is also not accredited and has actually had some "issues" with the Colorado State Board of Nursing.
CLINICALS: I have done Clinicals at Denver Health, Skyridge, Porter Hospital, Triumph (Long Term Acute Care-great wound experience), Parker Adventist (Health Fairs/Clinics, etc.), Spaulding (rehab) and some other random places. Some of my classmates have also been to St. Joe's, St. Anthony's, Swedish, and I am trying to remember the rest, but can't, sorry. Do remember that Children's had a freeze on students for the year before they moved and a significant period after they moved; plus they charge an enormous amount to take students so a lot of schools do not do Clinicals there. BTW, the minimum amount of Clinical hours required nationally for schools of nursing is 720? I might be a few hours off. Colorado Board of Nursing uses that as their requirement as well. Once graduated from Platt, I will have done over 900 hours of Clinicals including a High Acuity Clinical in the ICU and a Leadership Clinical where I actually acted as Charge Nurse. In addition, I am now BLS and ACLS certified.
MY EXPERIENCES: I am doing my Senior Practicum, what we call our Capstone at Craig Hospital and am loving it. I feel like I was very well prepared by Platt and I am getting very positive feedback from all the people I have come into contact with, including the physicians and administrators.
OK, this was way long, so sorry about that, feel free to ask more questions and I will try to answer in a more timely manner.
Nov 20, '08BTW, Denver School of Nursing just announce that they are now nationally accredited by "The Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges of Technology which is listed by the U.S. Department of Education as a nationally recognized accrediting agency." This is the organization that Platt has been accredited by for the last 25 years and is why Platt does offer Federal Financial Aid.
On a different note, I can't seem to figure out how to reply to private e-mails so I will just do so here. When I graduate from Platt, which will be in about 3 days (Friday is my last day of classes), or 2 weeks (we have our Pinning Ceremony on Dec. 6), depending on how you look at it, I will have a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. I will be a BSN, and will title myself accordingly. Once I pass the NCLEX, I can add RN to my name. At that poing, if I start to work at a facility that adds titles after names on the name badges, I will have both RN and BSN.
Platt isn't like getting ordained on the internet; you don't just say you want it, answer a few questions, pay a fee and then you have it. This was a rigorous, accelerated 32 month Bachelor of Science program...and I am SOOOO glad I am just about done!!!
Feel free to follow up and ask more questions.
Nov 20, '08Again, can't figure out how to reply to a message...
I forgot to add; I am applying for a job at Craig Hospital here in Denver. It is 1 of the top 2 Rehab hospitals in the country and a MAGNET HOSPITAL. Their website says they "prefer" graduates from accredited schools, but I have already had my 2nd interview and was told that I have met all of their minimum requirements; now it is just a matter of "do they like me" and "will I be a good fit".
Platt has agreements with University of Phoenix plus Grand Canyon University, just to name a few off the top of my head, so when I recover from this last 2.8 years, I plan on getting my MSN from 1 of them. I think there are about 4-5 others curently, and the list is getting bigger. No one cares where you went to school or how you did. There are so few nurses with BSNs and even less with MSNs, that it is not an issue. Seeing as how I don't plan on doing my Masters fulltime at a definite location, an online program, like those mentioned above will suit me perfectly.
Hope this helps, I'm off to my 2nd to last class of this BSN journey...
Nov 20, '08Quote from ColoradogrlI can't say for sure because I haven't been there, but someone told me that Platt is about $20,000 more total than DSON (Denver School of Nursing). For a BSN through DSON, it is around $40,000, and Platt is $60,000. Not sure what payments would be, but for me, that isn't worth it. That is way too much money when I still owe money on my previous degree.I went to a information session right when Platt opened up and they takled about the cost but it wasnt really 1on1. I guess my big fear is that they are similar to DSN where it is about 1800 a month and if that is about "right" I need to just plan on starting my ADN Aug 09' at a community college and transfering over because there is really NO WAY I could afford it. I am trying to not take out any loans other then Stanford loans/PELL.
I just wish that people in finiancial aid would TALK to you without making you jump through a MILLION HOOPS at some of these schools