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Is Broward College really that bad? Miami Dade College?

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I have searched these threads and read nothing but horror stories about Broward College. I was temporarily in an LPN program a few years back and more than half of our class were former Broward students who had been kicked out. I have even had my own past problems with Broward College (see past posts) with their undergrad classes, but was considering retaking my courses so I'd be able to enter Broward nursing next year since its the closest school to me.

Should I even bother? I am at Miami Dade College currently, do any past graduates or current students have any information on their nursing program,are they as awful as Broward? Do they fail people out for ridiculous reasons? I remember one LPN classmate told me she was a minute late to clinical due to unexpected traffic and was failed out of the program for that.

Broward is strict, yes, but its totally doable. They are a lot harsher on students the first couple semesters (seemingly trying to weed people out) then they ease up a bit. Yes your uniform has to be 100% on point, and you cannot be a minute late to clinical more than once. But things also depend on your instructor. Later into the program I had nicer instructors who I could text/call and tell them if I was going to be a few minutes late, and did not give me crap about a few strands of hair being loose from my bun. The coursework is definitely challenging, but I would assume it would be the same in other programs. The NCLEX pass rate there is high, if that means anything to you. My biggest issue with BC was the administration. I think they could often be disorganized with the way they ran things, and I am not fond of the current Dean. So overall you'll definitely deal with some frustration and ish there but you'll come out with a good education. I can't speak on MDC's nursing program or any other ones, so I am not sure how they compare. Hope that helps.

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24 minutes ago, nursepaloma said:

Broward is strict, yes, but its totally doable. They are a lot harsher on students the first couple semesters (seemingly trying to weed people out) then they ease up a bit. Yes your uniform has to be 100% on point, and you cannot be a minute late to clinical more than once. But things also depend on your instructor. Later into the program I had nicer instructors who I could text/call and tell them if I was going to be a few minutes late, and did not give me crap about a few strands of hair being loose from my bun. The coursework is definitely challenging, but I would assume it would be the same in other programs. The NCLEX pass rate there is high, if that means anything to you. My biggest issue with BC was the administration. I think they could often be disorganized with the way they ran things, and I am not fond of the current Dean. So overall you'll definitely deal with some frustration and ish there but you'll come out with a good education. I can't speak on MDC's nursing program or any other ones, so I am not sure how they compare. Hope that helps.

Thanks for responding. Do you have any insight as to what other students could've been doing wrong to fail by the hundreds? Like do you remember why people in your cohort failed out? What did you do differently to stay in? Tbf I'd much rather stay close to home than have to travel. What campus were you on, any studying advice? Do you remember what GPA/HESI you had when you applied?

Honestly, the program is not for everyone and sometimes it takes experiencing it to realize that. I think many people (including me) underestimated the difficulty of nursing coursework. Some people didn't have the right study ethic. What did I do different? Nothing really. I don't consider myself particularly studious. I did what I could. I read, took notes, did practice questions. I didn't study in groups, I didn't make flashcards, my book wasn't covered in highlighter and sticky notes, etc. because that doesn't work for me. Find what works for you as soon as you can. Can you study better at 10 in the morning or 10 at night? Do you have a support system (e.g. if you have kids someone to keep them busy while you study)? Discipline matters too. I was a habitually late person and I realized fast I have to change my ways or I was going to be out. I don't remember my entering GPA but it probably wasn't anything remarkable. Just ask yourself how dedicated and motivated you are for this and go from there.

I would like to speak to someone who has gone through BC nursing program. josephmartin_328@Yahoo.com.  I plan on applying there soon and want to make sure that this the right move! Thanks.