Anyone from Galen College of Nursing in Tampa Area

  1. Hello everyone! Is anyone currently attending Galen College of Nursing in St.Petesburg/Tampa Bay Area? If you aren't currently attending, but have in the past? I would love to here your feedback, too. I just wanted to know how you feel about the school and what your experience has been like. I will be taking my cpat at Galen tomorrow. I'm very excited and hopefully all goes well.
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    Joined: Jan '09; Posts: 14; Likes: 7
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  3. by   swirlynrs
    Well, I guess there are no takers. That's fine my fine research skills have helped me make my decision. I just wanted some 1st hand accounts. While at the school this past week, many of the people at the information session I attended were recommended by Galen graduates and a few were returning for their ADN. That in itself says a lot!
  4. by   Tweety
    We precept Galen RN students on my unit and they seem to like it fine, other than the expense. Good luck.
  5. by   krazykristy
    Hey, I got accepted into Galen for the Febuary term.. I'm nervous, and excited. I can't wait, anyone have any feedback reguarding Galen??? I'd appreciate any info. Thanks
  6. by   swirlynrs
    Quote from krazykristy
    Hey, I got accepted into Galen for the Febuary term.. I'm nervous, and excited. I can't wait, anyone have any feedback reguarding Galen??? I'd appreciate any info. Thanks
    Hey Kristy! I'm starting at Galen in Feb also. Are you attending the day or evening class?
  7. by   krazykristy
    I'm attending the day program. I just got done ordering my books and uniforms. I can't wait, I know it going to be alot of work but I'm very excited. Which are you attending days or nights?
  8. by   swirlynrs
    Congrats and lucky you! I am in the evening program. I preferred the day program, but there were already 15 alternates waiting. So I just opted for the evening, instead of waiting until May. Either way I'm very excited! Have you taken your cpr class already or will you be taking it there also? Where did you get your bottoms from?
  9. by   krazykristy
    We had our orientation today. They had everyone including the alternates come, and I was very suprized by how many people were their. The uniforms I ordered throught the schools vendor. As for the books I used amazon, and save some money. Good luck in the program!
  10. by   swirlynrs
    We'll have our orientation on the 4th. I looked into Amazon also and I think I'll save around $70 or $80 bucks. Thanks & Good Luck! Remember to enjoy the experience.
  11. by   bchlver596
    Congrats all!! I actually attend Galen St. Pete. I'm actually in the LPN program days. I'm 6 months in and 6th months to go. I really like the school!! I plan on going on to do my RN there. The school is great. The teachers I've had so far are wonderful. It's strict with an attendance policy, but it's so worth it. I like it because it's a smaller, private school. The instructors are very accessible and helpful. I've met some great friends too. I actually moved from Southern CAlif. to go to school. Our wait list there is 2 to 3 yrs. for an RN. An LPN program price is $30,000 and a bridge program $60,000. Yes, that's right. LOL So, I did some research...found Galen, came for a visit liked the school and moved. It's really no different than someone going out of state for college. I will be done before my friends will even be in a program in Calif.'s cheaper to live in Fla. LOL guys made an excellent choice. Good luck and I'll probably see ya in the halls. LOL
  12. by   swirlynrs
    thanks for the warm welcome! i am so excited and nervous at the same time. aahhh! i'm glad that you are having a great experience. i can't wait to start this journey. good luck!
  13. by   NewGoalRN
    NoW THAT is what I call having a plan and working a plan when what you have in your backyard isn't working. Good luck with your LPN and welcome to Fl. that is ridiculous with the wait and cost in California!
  14. by   RN543
    Well congratulations for those of you that will be attending the program at Galen! I will be graduating the lpn program next week and am very excited. I will tell you some positives and negatives. First off, the cost is quite a negative at over $14K for the lpn program. But you know that already. It was convienent for me though since I didn't have to take prereqs or be on a waiting list. I started looking into the program in December of 2007 and started February 2008. Secondly, its super tough as I'm sure most programs are. Not to scare you, but we lost almost half our class by the end of the year. However, most of the ones we lost didn't seem too dedicated and either didn't study or were too liberal with their absences. So if you want it bad enough, you will make it through for sure. Now for some positives... In my opinion, I have had some of the best teachers I've ever had at a college level. I have learned so much, and my learning experience has seemed superior when talking with friends that attend other schools. Also, I have made a lot of good friends that I hope to have forever. Additionally, the facilities we have attended for our clinicals always have positive things to say about Galen students. Unfortunately, I won't be able to attend Galen's LPN to RN program for a few reasons. First off, its now 15 months instead of 12. And they tacked on a few thousand more, I think the cost is over 20K now. It's just too much time, money, and missed income for me. Also, the program is not accredited. They will tell you that they are in the process of getting their accreditation and will have it this year, but i heard that last year as well... and according to some other posts i have read, they have been saying that for years. Maybe they will be getting it soon, and I hope they do, but I just can't take that chance as I wish to continue on past a BSN, and want to ensure that my degree is accepted. So I will be doing the excelsior program for my associates, and possibly bachelors. I know that I will be missing out on a great Galen education, but it is what I have to do.

    Anyway, enough of my blabbing... good luck to you and I hope your Galen experience is as good as mine was.