I was enrolled in Regent's for a time, so I DO know what I am talking about. Regent's has two programs. One is an associates degree for RN, and yes, it can be done by someone who has never done any nursing before, it is not, however w/o clinicals. The clinicals are brutal, and even many experienced nurses fail them (which I believe is more a money-making ploy, than not.) The other program is the RN to BSN, which clearly, one has to be not only a licensed nurse, but one must also have to provide eveidence of competencies in many areas, and there are 3 horrible clinical components, one of which may be challenged by portfolio.
Missy, the Associate program would be difficult for many who have no medical background. Howevere, from being in the chat room of the school, and speaking with many students from these schools, most are LPN's going for their RN's. Or, some CNA's and paramedics, etc. I am talking about people who have had exposure to the nursing profession. Granted it is possible for a health field "virgin" to enroll and graduate from the program, but I would say those grads are the minority of the associate program. I think that LPN's who are in this program would be quite offended by your remarks, and maybe you shouldn't generalize so much. Exactly how many of these graduates have you oriented personally?
I have to tell you, medical expereince or no, just to graduate from this wretched program is a testimony to perserverence and motivation. Those aren't such bad qualities for a new nurse. And given the opportunity to work with someone who is not willing to chew them up and spit them out, they might be an asset to this profession and bring some needed relief!
Mind you this is not an endorsement for Regents who is now known as Excelsior. Far from it, I would not recommend it to anyone, for reasons I will not share on the internet.