National University RN program beware - page 2

The Nevada nursing board is unhappy with the program at National University. Please nursing students or potential nursing students, Please do your homework!!! They can no longer accept new... Read More

  1. by   still
    The same is true for SAN DIEGO. I recently posted this on NU Commons (A web based app on facebook) to the nursing community and it was immediately deleted and I no longer have access to NU Commons.

    Please please rethink about attending nursing at NU San Diego. The pass rates are low. SDCC has a higher pass rate. The lead clinical instructor who is on leave is quoted as saying, "Don't be afraid to FAIL them." Recently a cohort lost 30 out 45 students in MEDSURG I. To me that is a reflection of the Professor. Try to talk to some nursing students in the program. The nursing campus is in Rancho Bernardo. I'm sharing this because although I am still in the program, I really feel that future students should know what they are getting into. Everyone's experience will be different. The program is a lot of money and before making that huge investment on them, you should do your research on school, faculty, pass rates, how problems are resolved, etc. If you choose to attend anyway, good luck. =>

    Like I said. Everyone will have a different experience. I am just stating facts and giving you advice on how to do research on National University before making a huge and expensive commitment. My advice is to go to the Rancho Bernardo campus and ask questions from students and faculty.
    Ask them how they resolve inconsistencies with lecture objectives and exam questions?
    Ask them how can they be ok with 30 out of 45 students being failed in one class and not question the instructor, who is still on board as a faculty member?
    Ask all the questions you can think of before you make the commitment. Once you fail a class, you will have to wait for the next cohort on space available basis. So please think about it carefully. For the price you are paying for your education, the quality is not there.
  2. by   sooperdooper
    You do realize NU is one of, if not only, non profit university in San Diego that doesnt force you to achieve a certain score on the ATI predictor test before allowing you to sit for board? All the other schools have artificially inflated scores because those that are more likely to fail the NCLEX are not even given a chance to take it!
  3. by   GonnaAmazeYou
    Sooperdooper I think you are misinformed. NU requires level 2 benchmark in all classes as well as competency predictor test. If you don't achieve the level 2 you are sent to tutoring and given one more chance, if you fail you fail the class. If you fail the competency predictor you are dismissed from program.
  4. by   GonnaAmazeYou
    And whatever they are doing, whether the state board agrees or not, is working because I passed NCLEX on my first attempt with 75Qs and so did 5 of my classmates(8 more are testing at the end of the month)
  5. by   justmeinlv
    I am proud to say, I graduated from National University. I passed the NCLEX in 45 minutes with 75 questions. Today, I am a pediatric critical care nurse.

    Sense graduating I have become certified in among others, ACLS, PALS, TNCC, pediatric critical, and I am a soon to be BLS instructor.

    In the unfortunate event a child who is important in your life becomes critically ill or injured, rest assured this NU grad has the knowledge and skill to keep your precious child alive.
  6. by   mamabear1
    Anyone know if NU pre reg's would transfer to CSN or NSC?
  7. by   seunRN
    Nope they cannot be transferred to CSN, UNLV, NSC because NU is not accredited by NVBON.
  8. by   seunRN
    justmeinlv: Please confirm your work and educational background. It seems to me that you had worked or had other educational health background prior to coming in at NU. This is different case to other students at NU who don't have the same background as you are. I know for sure that NU cannot mainatin the NCLEX pass rate. Students are failing NCLEX because the teachers did not teach and properly teach them well. It is a really fast paced nursing program, but the support for students are not there.
    Faculties changes policies without informing students and discriminate students who can pass and who cannot.
    Also, I rarely hear students from NU getting hired as quick as nursin students from other schools. You know why? NU students don't have preceptorship and graduated with this huge butterflied in their stomach.
    BTW, glad you made it
  9. by   GonnaAmazeYou
    Yes they can. National university is accredited as an educational institution by WASP I think it is so all pre reqs transfer, as for actual nursing courses they are up to the school you are transferring into's discretion because the nursing program did not get accreditation. I have my ASN from NU and I am enrolled at UNLV and NSC doing the RN-BSN bridge and every one of my classes(nursing included) were transferred. One of my friends transferred to Kaplan mid-program and they only accepted fundamentals and pharm(and pre reqs of course)
  10. by   GonnaAmazeYou
    I graduated July 15th, passed NCLEX on Aug 8 and got my license on Aug 14th. I have already had 3 interviews since I graduated. I was offered one position but was not able to get my license in time(needed by Aug 1). I have medical experience from 10+years ago and I don't include on my resume since it is so long ago. I do however include my volunteer experience and community ties on my resume. If you want to be a nurse in a big facility you should have some type of background in healthcare , Volunteering etc. NU doesn't force that stuff on the students so if you went there and didn't proactively pursue those opportunities it would probably be harder to get a job over CSN where they are obligated to do community service and volunteer work. and the lack of a preceptorship does make it harder to network but in life you go as far as you want and whether a school places you somewhere or you go find your own opportunities, successful people are successful. In the end UMC had 330 applications for 4 new grad positions, interviewed 30 and hired 4. I was offered one of those positions with my little unaccredited degree, lack of experience and absolutely no connection to the facility. I am sure plenty of UNLV, Touro, CSN and rosemont students applied but I stood out and was picked above them all.
  11. by   Mr_Edwino
    Since this biased post was created, National has maintained a NCLEX pass rate in the 90's every single year. This school is one of the best, sounds like this poster doesn't/didn't have what it takes.