Scam Schools And Diploma Mills - page 5

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  1. by   TheCommuter
    Quote from GrnTea
    Gee, thanks for the bump. After all, I am always itching for a lively discussion about schools of questionable repute, of which there are far too many in our instant-gratification society.
  2. by   besaangel
    Quote from JulesDreamyT
    This is an informative article but some of us still aren't sure if a school is legit or not. I would appreciate some guidance on this.
    I am looking at a school in Delaware that is accredited by the Delaware Board of Nursing (which I verified on the State of Delaware's website) and has a Better Business Bureau rating of "A". It is not a typical university or college but rather a trade school. They only train LPNs. The full-time program is one year in length while the part-time program is only a few months more.

    The school is extremely small and shares their "campus" with other businesses such as an employment agency and the Justice of the Peace! I visited the school and had an interview with one of the teachers who took notes on everything I said. At the end of the interview she said I was accepted. She is an actual teacher there and was doing the interview on her lunch break. Some of the students talked with her so I know she teaches there and isn't just wearing a lab coat. I had a brief look at the classrooms which were nothing special but what would I expect for a place that shares the building with others?

    They have a clinical lab area with everything that probably should be there for doing labs. The problem is, I am still not sure if they are a diploma mill or a scam school! Since they are a trade school and not a university I will not earn any degree but a diploma. I also live in an area where there are still some diploma nursing schools. Also, the school is overseen by a business I guess. The school is Leads School of Technology and their parent company is Leads Network, Inc. I can't find any information on the parent company and from what I found out on the school is not helpful. They have only been in business and accredited since 2007. From here, I am not sure what to do. The tuition sounds fairly reasonable I think: $16,002.00. This includes books, clinical uniform, fees for lab, fee for NCLEX prep course and other things that make sense. Their website ends with an "" and the site seems to be very well written. However, the teachers are not listed, just some of the staff. They have a working phone number of course.

    Also, the tuition they ask can be paid in installments but they do not accept credit cards or personal checks. This was a red flag when I spoke with my dad about it. Although I got advice from someone else about the school, I'd like to know what other people think and if there is any other way if I can find out if they are a scam school or diploma mill. I think my next step is to call other nursing programs in the area and ask if they will accept my impending credits from this school if I decide to attend an RN program a bit later on. What do you guys think? What else can I watch out for? I have not paid any money at this point, not even for the application fee. I did submit all necessary paperwork and got my criminal background check, drug test, physical, and immunizations done.
    Pm me the name of the school. Was residing there!
  3. by   ZooMommyRN
    I feel for people that get sucked into these scam schools, but I do not feel sorry for the MA who felt that since she'd gotten good at diagnosing others aches and pains that a simple test and 1400$ would suddenly make her an MD with the right to see patients and prescribe, if it were that easy major medical schools would fold