Hey Stella Star! In addition to what I've already posted, I would say the differences for me boiled down to this:
1. Samaritan faculty truly care about you and your goal of becoming a nurse. Much smaller classes and close relationships with everyone, students,faculty & support staff all know one another. While there were very competent faculty at HVCC, there were much larger classes and a very impersonal feel to the whole program. If you don;t succeed, there are 1,000 other people waiting for your slot (this statement was actually stated by one faculty member to our class!). This might help to explain the 80+% attrition rate!
2. Other differences:
- On "Lab" days at HVCC, there were 6-7 of us standing around each bed trying to learn new hands-on skills; at Samaritan 1-2
- registering for & paying for courses was always a nightmare at HVCC; long lines, indifferent staff, and you were lucky if you actaually got the class that you wanted and a correct tuition bill. At Samaritan, you knock on one office door and it was all done.
- Though I went to the day program @ Samaritan, they have a night and weekend program; Another advantage over HVCC is that they start courses throughout the year (i.e., you don't have to wait a whole year until a certain class begins again like you have to at HVCC)
- For what its worth, no CPE's @ Samaritan
- No matter which program you decide upon, all of the pre-req's are taken at HVCC, so why don;t you take some of those to get a feel for the 2 school's?
Good Luck StellaStar!