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MereSanity

Specializes in Operating room..

Well Seriously those are the kind of reviews I am looking for. I am started now however and feel I must continue on. So far so good for me. My ADN program had similar rates (as far as drop out). Good luck! Any other comments are welcome!

labrador4122, RN

Specializes in Tele.

I was reading their site and it says an additional $290 each trimester on top of the $300/credit? seems like that could really add up quick.

that's why I went to a state university where the prices are WAYYYYY less than that. I paid $109/credit plus $199 for online fee for each course.

Keep us posted as you progress, meresanity. Good to have a clear picture of the entire program.

cheleb61

Specializes in Geriatric (LTC & SNF). Has 10 years experience.

that's why I went to a state university where the prices are WAYYYYY less than that. I paid $109/credit plus $199 for online fee for each course.

If you don't mind me asking, what state university did you go to?

MereSanity

Specializes in Operating room..

Well, I finished my first semester and am very happy so far. The program is not easy but doable (3 classes while working full time and taking Open Heart call...got 2-A's and a B+), but I studied my butt off. I have heard their passing rate is much higher than previously stated (94.1%). Everyone has been so professional and helpful. The teachers (I've had 3 now) are great. Very happy so far! Next semester I am taking 2 classes and will start nursing classes in the summer (Lord willing). NLNAC accredited.

Please, Do not attend this colleges nursing program. Florida Hospital College of Health Science has a 24% graduation rate according to fafsa.gov.edu. While your applying for financial aid, you will see for yourself that 70% of the students transfer out of this college and its programs. I am a 3rd semester nursing student and have had to take classes over because the college determines if you are ready to go on to the next semester not your grades. If your not seven day adventist, your in for hell at this college. I had 82 students in my first semester and at the end of the semester 55 were left. At the end of second semester 38 were left. THERE ARE 5 semesters and the college profited from all those students who transfer out. They are NOT AFFILIATED WITH FLORIDA HOSPITAL and THEY WILL NOT GET YOU A JOB WHEN YOU GRADUATE! I know people who have graduated the program and did not get a job until 6 months after there NCLEX and are working at other hospitals in Orlando. I am in this colleges nursing program and do not want other students to suffer the way I did. Go to UCF or another college with a nursing program because you need to maintain an 82 or higher throughout the entire program or your out! Good luck and you have been informed truthfully.

Seriously.... I'm in my last semester of the AS program now. I attended the college for almost all of the pre-reqs which took a year before i began the program August 2009. I went from loving it to absolutely despising the manipulation and out right theft that goes on by administration. The matriculation fee used to be 120, once a year... which "paid for printing" and we were allowed to print free. Since then, the matric fee has inflated to 300 every trimester, and we are now charged 10 cents per side of a page for printing... that is just the tip of the ice burg. We were also told that we HAD to buy this "awesome" laptop that was "pre-loaded with $1000 worth of nursing software" that we would be supposedly using throughout the program. They charged us 1500 for a Dell CrapTop and further stated if we did not buy this then we couldnt get into the program.... Also they made us buy a $1000 box of text books that was going to be our entire collection... again, we had to buy this before we could attend class... Over every semester we only used one book out of that box of 12, and were also forced to buy additional text books each semester which racked up at least 300 per semester...

The financial aid office also completely screwed my entire class by regretting to inform any of us that during the last year of the program, our student loans get "pro-rated"... i still have yet to understand what that means. But basically, even though I signed up to take out the max amount each semester, since fall I have not recieved enough grants or loans to cover tuiton let alone any living expenses. ... I am a single mom, and that kind of "surprise" almost landed me and my toddler in a homeless shelter.

They do not care about the students personal situations, no matter how serious. I had a classmate who's mom was DYING of cancer, and he had to leave early one day to get to her... they refused to let him make up the exam.

I do believe in God, and their prayers in class are welcomed, but if they don't mingle with you in church on saturday morning, then forget it. They play favorites all the time and grant special priviledges to the SDA students on many occasions.

If I werent on the home stretch of the program and up to my EYE BALLS in debt, I would leave in a heart beat. It only got worse the longer Ive been here... I wouldn't recommend this school to anyone I remotely cared about.

Taking Chemistry this fall online... any advice for passing the class? should I get a study guide or will the book and online modules surfice? Thank you

MereSanity

Specializes in Operating room..

I studied my butt off for Chem. I would use anything available to you to help with the class. Chemistry just isn't my thing. I spent HOURS on that class. I did end with a B+ though. Good luck!

Thanks.... Chem is not my thing either, but I was wondering if there was a particular study guide that you had used...and also, I registered for the aging and society for the 2nd half of the semester... I'll probably drop it if the chemistry kicks my hindparts :)

Like you I will definitely have to put alot of time into it... God's willing I'll aim for the C and with luck I'll do better.

Thanks again

shamrokks, ADN, ASN, RN

Specializes in HIV, Psych, GI, Hepatology, Research. Has 10 years experience.

that's why I went to a state university where the prices are WAYYYYY less than that. I paid $109/credit plus $199 for online fee for each course.

If you don't mind me asking, what state university did you go to?? Thanks in advance.

MereSanity

Specializes in Operating room..

Wel, I am a year into this program (RN-BSN) online and I still love it. Some may think that $300 a credit hour is pricey but there are many other programs that charge much more. I hope to be done at the end of 2012. Totally do-able, instructors are WONDEFUL. Still happy

To preface this and for full disclosure: I graduated ASN from Florida Hospital College and work for FH currently.

I have many friends/co workers currently enrolled or recently graduated from the RN to BSN program. Not one I have talked to enjoyed it, thought it was a good program, or felt that they really learned anything to make them a better nurse. I know, depressing. And I have seen the hoards of busy-work type papers they are required to submit.

Bottom line all of them felt it was so much busy work and did not get anything education-wise out of it. They all signed contracts and felt it was a way for FH to keep nurses and also facilitate Florida Hospitals goal of having a percentage of their RNS with BSN to help them get their coveted "magnet status"

This makes me so not want to get a BSN in nursing. I loved my ASN program and learned a lot so this makes me sad to hear these very negative reports. But I don't want to sign a contract for a bad program and I don't want to pay the over inflated cost of their classes. If you sign a contract and then don't fulfill it the price is 21,000. No thanks. Oh one more thing; they all took the online version of the BSN program so I don't know if the classroom situation is any better.

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MereSanity

Specializes in Operating room..

I am sorry you had a bad experience. I on the other hand had no issues whatsoever. Everyone was so professional, the instructors were very knowledgeable and great to work with, and it was very doable with my busy schedule. I graduated last Spring with my RN-BSN. Very proud of myself. I would attend Adventist University (formerly FHCHS) again, I wish they offered an MSN program!

MereSanity, I assume you were responding to my comment but not sure if you read what I said. I did not have a "bad experience" at Adventist University but was passing on comments from my co-workers and friends who attended or are presently enrolled in the RN to BSN program. Two of these nurses are members of the Seventh Day Adventist Church and they still had a negative take on this program. I'm glad that you had no issues whatsoever. And I hope you feel like you got something of value out it.

MereSanity

Specializes in Operating room..

I am sorry your friends had a bad experience. I on the other hand had no issues whatsoever. Everyone was so professional, the instructors were very knowledgeable and great to work with, and it was very doable with my busy schedule. I graduated last Spring with my RN-BSN. Very proud of myself. I would attend Adventist University (formerly FHCHS) again, I wish they offered an MSN program!

MereSanity RN, BSN, CNOR

Yes MereSanity you already stated that you had "no issues whatsoever." And I can see that you are very proud of yourself.

I am happy for you but the topic was about people's experience at Adventist University (formerly FHCHS) and I think people should have the information before they enroll. None of the RNs in the program that I know feel like this BSN program really assisted them in becoming more educated and more knowledgeable nurses. And that is a problem in my view. Because really, isn't that the point?

I don't want to sign a contract and I actually would pay and take classes if I thought it would be worth while. And I mean worthwhile as far as money spent but more importantly furthering my knowledge base and performance. As one poster said it was not like a private school but more like an online prerecorded lecture with private school prices. They charge a lot for the courses and the investigation I have done does not seem it is worth it.

I think that they should really reevaluate their process and make sure they are furthering their students education and not just their interest in having more BSNs at their affiliated hospitals to assist them in achieving THEIR goal of magnet status.

MereSanity

Specializes in Operating room..

So sorry you were so unhappy with your experience preeps...I never had one pre-recorded lecture (all my classes had instructors who were very nice and always got back to me right away). I also felt at $300 a credit hour it was much less than any private school I had researched. It sounds like you aren't happy and your issues aren't going to be resolved anytime soon. Much luck to you.

So sorry you were so unhappy with your experience preeps...I never had one pre-recorded lecture (all my classes had instructors who were very nice and always got back to me right away). I also felt at $300 a credit hour it was much less than any private school I had researched. It sounds like you aren't happy and your issues aren't going to be resolved anytime soon. Much luck to you.

Wow Meresanity, Why is it so upsetting to you that others disagree with you and your experience? Do you always get personal and attack people who disagree with you? Your post seems very much like an ad for this school. I wonder what the affiliation is that you would take it so personal.