I started my pre-req's last Summer for the lpn program nearby, but unfortunately had to sit out due to my health (Crohn's) and finances at the time. The program is 16 months long and I just found out the college right by my house is starting a 12 month program which *if* they get it up and going will start this August 1st. Or June rather (more pre req's) So i'm super excited about that and will be bummed if they don't go through with it. Right now they are doing their first *test class to see how it goes. Anyhow, no matter which school I go to I should be able to start again this June and finally back on my way to my nursing degree!! Anyone else starting this Summer/Fall or in the prgram now? Are you planning on bridging? I want to bridge as soon as I can but think I should work a while before doing so.. Not sure yet though.
Mar 30, '07
I'm a LPN student, attending a fairly new program so can I offer a bit of advice? Unless things run differently in each state, the new program will not be accredited for awhile. It takes quite a long time to get accredited once the program is up & runnning. In our case, the 6th class has just graduated & we are just achieving it. The BON has very stringent requirements that have to be met before they approve and part of that is NCLEX pass rates and 4 classes had started before the first class took their tests.
DON'T LISTEN TO PEOPLE WHO TELL YOU THAT YOU WON'T BE ABLE TO GET HIRED BY GOING TO THIS SCHOOL IS THEY ARE NOT YET ACCREDITATED. It is just not true.
One thing we are noticing is that the pass rate is not as high as the established programs & it probably has nothing to do with the quality of the education we are getting but rather, as a new program, they didn't have the luxury of turning down perspective students who are not quite as qualified. They needed to fill the slots & took anyone who applied. Now they are getting more applicants than they have room for & can be more selective. I suspect that the pass rates will improve as well as graduation rates.
You might want to explore your states board of nursing website to see if there is any information about tthis new program. You also may find information about what exactly will be required by the BON. You can check out each school's NCLEX pass rates too.
Good luck with whichever program you go with. By the way, my program runs 11 months. In some ways I wish it was longer as once you start you realize how much you will have to learn in that length of time & it's tremendous. We had no prereqs. The few gen. ed. classes are taken right along with the rest but for those of us who already had them done, our class schedule is much easier.
Last edit by midcom on Mar 30, '07