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ECPI/MCI LPN Program - anyone?

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I haven't posted here before..so it's nice to meet all of you =)

I was curious as to whether or not anyone here has gone to ECPI/MCI for their 12 month LPN program. I live in Manassas, VA so I go to their Manassas campus - however the ECPI's in Norfolk and VA Beach have programs as well. My reason for asking is that my class is the first LPN class (to start and graduate in December) for the Manassas campus..and we (my class) has had several issues with the way the school has been ran. I was just wanting to know if anyone had gone to this school, and if so - did you ever have any problems with staff, ways of teaching, rules, etc?? Thanks

HappyNurse2005, RN

Specializes in LDRP.

we have an ECPI in our area, as well (Roanoke) but I dont go there. Just a suggestion-have you looked into an LPN program at your local community college? its bound to be cheaper than ECPI and an alternative if you are not satisified with how the program is run there.

Good luck, sorry I didnt have quite the answer you were looking for

Rose

Well, yes. I had looked at other nursing programs. However, they were either not what I was looking to do at the time (due to duration and starting time) or there was a two year waiting list for the RN program at NOVA. Unfortunately, I am in my second to last month of the LPN program so now it would seem to be pointless. Thanks anyway!!

Well, yes. I had looked at other nursing programs. However, they were either not what I was looking to do at the time (due to duration and starting time) or there was a two year waiting list for the RN program at NOVA. Unfortunately, I am in my second to last month of the LPN program so now it would seem to be pointless. Thanks anyway!!

What kind of problems did you face at ECPI? I am going to start in June in the 2nd class for the Raleigh,North Carolina school. A little worried, but I just cant stand to wait on these long waiting lists at the community colleges anymore. It will be much easier to bridge over to Rn at one of the comm colleges once I get my LPN. That way I wont have to wait.

Thanks

Stacie

I am looking to enter MCI this fall. I do not have enough time to be on wait lists at the community colleges in the area. My husband is military.(Therefore we will move...again) What issues have you been having? I already know that MCI is expensive.

AK

I start Aug 1st in the LPN program at the VA beach campus. I curious too, what kind of problems did you run into?

The VA beach campus has been offering the LPN program for a long time so hopefully they have all the kinks worked out.

They just started their first RN program and I hear the students are really having a hard time. Except fot the ones who are already LPN's. I wanted to go into the RN program but They recomended that I take the LPN first.

Besides squeezing a 4yr program into 14 months scared me enough to keep me in the LPN program. I will bridge to an RN program eventually though.

What kind of problems did you face at ECPI? I am going to start in June in the 2nd class for the Raleigh,North Carolina school. A little worried, but I just cant stand to wait on these long waiting lists at the community colleges anymore. It will be much easier to bridge over to Rn at one of the comm colleges once I get my LPN. That way I wont have to wait.

Thanks

Stacie

When is your orientation? Ours is not until July 29th and our LPN program (VA beach) starts on Aug 1st. No info, no books no nothing until then. I'm getting quite annoyed with them. I have no clue what days clinicals will be and I can't seem to get any info out of them. (HELLO, I'm paying them:rolleyes:

I have to quit my FT job and find a PT job but I have no idea what hours I can work. All I know is the actual class is 8am until 4:30pm mon-fri. I think clinical hours can vary from 6:30 am until 11pm, just wish I could get more info. NOW!

I hope you are having better luck then I am.

Well, my orientation is June 24 and class starts June 27th. It is an LPN program also. Sometimes it does seem hard to get concrete answers from them. I think they have to get schedules together and evaluate transcripts of everyone before they know more exact times for everyone. They pretty much want you to be totally available until they figure out what your schedule will be. I dont have to work so that hasnt been an issue for me. I wanted to go on vacation July 4th weekend and needed some info on scheduling to arrange my flight and all they kept saying was 8-430. Well i have Eng, A&P and Dev PSY already, so I figured i might not have a full day for part of the program. All they said was that they have yet to evaluate transcripts and that I may not have class in the afternoons since I have A&P already. Hopefully we will both know a little more at orientation.

How many students did they accept in your class? And I am not sure about clinicals yet.

Well, my orientation is June 24 and class starts June 27th. It is an LPN program also. Sometimes it does seem hard to get concrete answers from them. I think they have to get schedules together and evaluate transcripts of everyone before they know more exact times for everyone. They pretty much want you to be totally available until they figure out what your schedule will be. I dont have to work so that hasnt been an issue for me. I wanted to go on vacation July 4th weekend and needed some info on scheduling to arrange my flight and all they kept saying was 8-430. Well i have Eng, A&P and Dev PSY already, so I figured i might not have a full day for part of the program. All they said was that they have yet to evaluate transcripts and that I may not have class in the afternoons since I have A&P already. Hopefully we will both know a little more at orientation.

How many students did they accept in your class? And I am not sure about clinicals yet.

I have no idea how many students will be in my class. I hope that the class will be rather small but I'm not sure. I have never taken any classes like A&P, bio, etc. I hope I dont get in there and find out I'm the only one with out them. they didnt ask if i had taken them or tell me that i needed to. All I have to do is take basic math for 10 hours.

I fell like I should have been given better information. I hope I dont end up regreting going to school there.

Have you went to get started with you physical and shots and stuff? I go on Thursday to start mine.

Mizzyfrufru, LPN

Specializes in LTC,Home health, Med/Surg.

i live in the virginia beach area. I have heard horrible things about MCI. You should research them in detail before you decide to go. From my understanding their pass rate for the boads is 51% (the past year). One of my instructors said the only requirment to get into the school was to have a temp of 98.6. it is very expensive and not a lot of clinical time. I go to Sentara school of health professions. It's very demanding and a hard curriculm, but it's worth it. Sentara owns just about all the hospitals in my area so we have a great deal of clinical time and the school is very respected. It is very competitive to get in and even harder to stay in, but they have almost a 100% pass rate for the boards. I believe it was 98% this past year and 100% the year before. Good luck to you!

i live in the virginia beach area. I have heard horrible things about MCI. You should research them in detail before you decide to go. From my understanding their pass rate for the boads is 51% (the past year). One of my instructors said the only requirment to get into the school was to have a temp of 98.6. it is very expensive and not a lot of clinical time. I go to Sentara school of health professions. It's very demanding and a hard curriculm, but it's worth it. Sentara owns just about all the hospitals in my area so we have a great deal of clinical time and the school is very respected. It is very competitive to get in and even harder to stay in, but they have almost a 100% pass rate for the boards. I believe it was 98% this past year and 100% the year before. Good luck to you!

It is very expensive. However I have heard some good things about them and they are listed as one of the top schools for nursing on many online sites and also listed in the top nursing programs book for the United States. (cant think of the name of it, they have it at barnes and noble) They told me the pass rate for the boards was 95% and I checked into that with the Va BON and that # is correct. How many clinical hours do you get a sentara? We get 556 clinical hours. Which does not sound like many now that I think about it. I've already signed up so theres no getting out of it now. I'll just have to make the best of it. I plan on getting a job as a CNA as soon as I am able to get certified, so that I can get some extra experience.

I had my physical and tb done a little before i got accepted. I already had my hep series. I only needed a tetanus. I am taking my drug test today. I have heard a horror story for everyones nursing program. I am pretty smart so I am not worried about passing boards. You have to study for everything. Take what you learn, get the nclex study books and test yourself everyday prior to taking the test. If you have not looked at other options then you might regret paying so much so soon. I have taken all gen. ed classes except microbiology and am still on the waiting list. Time to get started for me. The only thing I can say is that it is a waste of money to take English, A&P and Develop Psy at MCI rather than at a commnity college where it is 9 times cheaper. They transfer to mci with a b or better.

I have applied to the school, and they stated that I need to take 2 prereq classes of Chemistry and Computers. At that point I would know if I am accepted or not. I wish I knew a little sooner if I am in or not. They have all my transcript from HS and college. I have already gone to school to be an EMT, and hope that I have enough background to have a little jumpstart.

No concrete schedule yet, no books, but have started studying already for the Chem and A&P.

Wish me luck on getting financial assistance and getting in.

Mizzyfrufru, LPN

Specializes in LTC,Home health, Med/Surg.

Today @ clinicals there was a group from mci. Again, I just hope everyone who is planning to attend mci, has really researched the school and has correct expectations. The students had to tell the instructor who they were and when they were suppose to graduate. I was just shocked she had no idea who they were by name. Then when one student told her they were graduating in 9 wks the instructor looked at her paper and said " well we may get some nurses out of the class." Our instructor was shocked and so were we. We had to meet in the activity center at 7am (we were going to the trac pod so we didn't have to be there at 6:30). when I arrived @ 6:50 the MCI students were in lobby already. Well, even after we were given report and began care, they were still waiting. they did not even get a patient until after 10 am. they were reading newspapers, talking to each other, talking to us when we would go by them. They told us that this happens to them all of the time. the school is unorganized. Our instructor said they were just on the verge of closing a year ago b/c of accreditation issues. It was taken over by new people who said they would revamp the programs. Out of the 11 students who were there 7 of them said they applied to our school but couldn't get in so they went to MCI. I'm sure that's why they are so expensive. I just believe it's wrong to take advantage of someone else's dream like that. MCI's instructor was asking our instructor where things were and how to get pt assignment and what our clinical competencies are! my class graduates in december, the mci group said they graduate in 9wks, so it was shocking that they were suprised that we do 2 pt care now. they are still doing 1 pt care. I'm not knocking the students of MCI, i'm sure they are all wonderful people. they were nice and pleasant to us so i am not bashing them. I think the school has some issues and i'm just letting you know what i know. and i don't know everything about them b/c i've never attended there. i do know that in this area there is a vo-tech program that is very good for RN and LPN. it's cheaper and it's really good. Had i not been accepted where i am now, i would have applied there next. I have a friend who just graduated from Tidewater Tech and she can't get a job in this area. Most of sentara hospitals are now only hiring LPN's from Sentara school b/c they said the quality of the other schools are not to standard. i heard this at a meeting with human resources when they came to the school. one month before graduation the mgr's from the floors of the hospitals come to a brunch to meet us and offer positions so we have a job when we leave and they call the school all the time looking for grads. b/c of this Sentara is about to start offering night classes, just to meet the demand. I heard too that once you sign up w/mci you are responsible for the tuition so you can't just back out, even if classes haven't started yet. is that true? that's really shady in itself. this is just my 2 cents. again good luck in whatever school you go to. just be informed so no one can walk over you.

Wow,it seems that the Virginia mci is really bad. The one I will be attending is in NC and their first class is about to graduate. It is an LPN program and I saw a couple of girls and asked them how it was. They didnt say anything about the program, just that it is hard and alot of work. Hopefully this one is better that those in VA. I just want a jump start from the community college 2 year waiting lists. Once I finish ECPI I am going to bridge over to get my RN at a community college. The good thing is, once you get your LPN you no longer have to wait on the lists. I passed hobet for one community college and teas for 2 others. ECPI's teas test score requirement was not too far off from those at the other community college-but that may be the standards at this one. ECPI also does not have a reputation around here, and when I graduate they still will not. :) I am moving back to Illinois once I get my Rn anyway. And you are so right about having a voice and not allowing the school to screw you over. I am not paying that kind of money to go through hell. I am 28 years old.-Been there done that. I will get a quality education and compare and contrast their program with the NCLEX-PN book to be sure I am where I need to be. I will be damned I am sitting around waiting for instruction like a fool. That is just crazy and those girls are stupid if they allow that to be the norm. This is my money and my career. You will be treated as stupid as long as you are willing to take it. Ask my A&P instuctor- thought he wasnt going to teach until I questioned him to death one lecture, and then the rest of the class that was just as lost as I was started questioning him to death. It was all over from there- he ended up being an excellent instructor. :chuckle

Sounds like they do things a bit different there. Did you not have to take a nursing admissions exam? I had to take the TEAS test, very similar to HOBET. If you pass, then they will allow you to go furthere with the admissions process. If you do not pass,then you are allowed one more shot to take whatever section you falied and then you are out. Just like most universities and comm colleges. The A&P should count as your chemistry- If you had highschool chemistry less than 10 years ago then your comm college might allow you to go ahead and take the A&P. One of the schools in my area wanted college chem and bio and the other school accepted my highschool chem- so I went there and took my A&P instead and transferred it to MCI. Good luck- and I would probably shop around if the MCI's in VA have a bad rep like everyone in the forum is saying.

Today @ clinicals there was a group from mci. Again, I just hope everyone who is planning to attend mci, has really researched the school and has correct expectations. The students had to tell the instructor who they were and when they were suppose to graduate. I was just shocked she had no idea who they were by name. Then when one student told her they were graduating in 9 wks the instructor looked at her paper and said " well we may get some nurses out of the class." Our instructor was shocked and so were we. We had to meet in the activity center at 7am (we were going to the trac pod so we didn't have to be there at 6:30). when I arrived @ 6:50 the MCI students were in lobby already. Well, even after we were given report and began care, they were still waiting. they did not even get a patient until after 10 am. they were reading newspapers, talking to each other, talking to us when we would go by them. They told us that this happens to them all of the time. the school is unorganized. Our instructor said they were just on the verge of closing a year ago b/c of accreditation issues. It was taken over by new people who said they would revamp the programs. Out of the 11 students who were there 7 of them said they applied to our school but couldn't get in so they went to MCI. I'm sure that's why they are so expensive. I just believe it's wrong to take advantage of someone else's dream like that. MCI's instructor was asking our instructor where things were and how to get pt assignment and what our clinical competencies are! my class graduates in december, the mci group said they graduate in 9wks, so it was shocking that they were suprised that we do 2 pt care now. they are still doing 1 pt care. I'm not knocking the students of MCI, i'm sure they are all wonderful people. they were nice and pleasant to us so i am not bashing them. I think the school has some issues and i'm just letting you know what i know. and i don't know everything about them b/c i've never attended there. i do know that in this area there is a vo-tech program that is very good for RN and LPN. it's cheaper and it's really good. Had i not been accepted where i am now, i would have applied there next. I have a friend who just graduated from Tidewater Tech and she can't get a job in this area. Most of sentara hospitals are now only hiring LPN's from Sentara school b/c they said the quality of the other schools are not to standard. i heard this at a meeting with human resources when they came to the school. one month before graduation the mgr's from the floors of the hospitals come to a brunch to meet us and offer positions so we have a job when we leave and they call the school all the time looking for grads. b/c of this Sentara is about to start offering night classes, just to meet the demand. I heard too that once you sign up w/mci you are responsible for the tuition so you can't just back out, even if classes haven't started yet. is that true? that's really shady in itself. this is just my 2 cents. again good luck in whatever school you go to. just be informed so no one can walk over you.

I have never heard anything bad about MCI from anyone other then you but your scaring the hell out of me. lol

I think its probably just that every school saying bad things about the other schools programs. I have heard bad things about Sentera's nursing program from people who actually work for sentera. I personally dont like how they own EVERYTHING here and although I know they do have some great hospitals I hope to get on at portsmouth navel. The pay is much much better than Sentera.

I have heard the best program in this area is ODU. But who knows. I just hope you are wrong about MCI. And yes you can drop out of the program once you sign up as long as you do it at least 10 days before class starts.

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