ITT Tech's New Program??? - page 8

I was on the Oregon Board of Nursing page today and I saw that ITT Tech in Portland has been granted "initial approval" for an Associates in Nursing program!!! I called ITT to get more information,... Read More

  1. by   christinamuniz
    Quote from pjcna27
    can u please let me know how you like itt tech because I still have question thank you
    pjcna27, feel free to PM me, I'm a current student at ITT Portland in my 3rd term.
  2. by   pjcna27
    do you like it steener77 tell me the truth I know nursing school is hard but I want to fell like i'm learning something if Im going to spead that much money
  3. by   christinamuniz
    I like it, a lot. I feel like I am learning, and I love the fact that I only go to school a few days a week. I have children, and it's easy to deal with daycare and such when I only go to school 2-3 days a week. Anywhere you go, you will have issues. You will have a teacher you don't like, or an assignment you don't agree with, or a clinical site you aren't comfortable with. No program is perfect. I moved from Hawaii to go to this program, leaving my husband and 2 daughters behind. It was a big adjustment, but with the competitiveness in Hawaii, along with the amount of pre-req's I still had to complete, moving here temporarily made a lot of sense. This program is not for everyone, but for me, it's just right.
  4. by   pjcna27
    That is so cool, I know its hard but it well be worth it. The ITT i mit go to is in florida they just started thier nursing program, so I'm going to start in March of 2012. Kept me posted it please. I mit need your help with some homework lol. I've been a cna for 9 years and I think its time for a change. The class time and days will work out for me m,w,f 8-1
  5. by   ErinRN2B
    Wow, I just read this thread for the first time and was struck by the immaturity of some of the posts. Just some of my thoughts...

    I don't live in Oregon, I live in Indiana (where ITT happens to be based out of) and I can tell you, without a doubt, that ITT does not have a good reputation here. Most of the big hospitals in Indianapolis will not hire their grads.

    The "nursing shortage" is a myth at this point. So many schools have capitalized on people wanting to be nurses that the job market is completely flooded with new grads. There just aren't enough jobs out there for nurses with no professional experience. In a job market like this, do you really want a new, often times unaccredited, tech school with a murky reputation on your resume?! I for one wouldn't risk it.

    I don't think that any of the posters in this thread have attempted to "attack" ITT students, or bash them, or whatever. It's called critical thinking. It's so typical of the attitude in this country to want to get things done as quickly as possible, as easily as possible, without weighing the costs and benefits. I don't think that this kind of thinking should apply to nursing school!

    And to those posters who said that traditional and community colleges didn't work for people with families... I had my son and got married when I was 20, I am now 22, and only have 1 year left in my CC ASN program. I didn't have to sit on a wait list, I just had to try had and kick *** in my pre-req classes and make the right grades. I had a lot of late-night study sessions and sleepless nights, but it was worth it. In May 2012 I'll be able to take the NCLEX, apply to my local RN-BSN program, and - hopefully - find a job that's right for me.
  6. by   pjcna27
    I guess I wont go to ITT tech for nursing such a downfull for me. I have to face the fact that I'm going to be a cna forever and I have to face that. I don't wont to go to this school because of the some of the comment was made to me about this school.
  7. by   thinline38
    I live in dallas texas and I attend richardson's nursing program and I have yet to have a negative thought about the school.. This is their first program and like with any other nursing school you have to learn it..either you know it or you don't.., Just because its a first doesn't mean they lack anything.., They staff is friendly the teachers know what they are doing and they are very professional and yes you have to have one graduating class to get the nlac certification but didn't they all.., including the most prestigous ones... Just because you attend a prestigous institution doesn't mean that you are any better than anyone else... A nurse is a nurse
  8. by   thinline38
    Quote from Steener77
    pjcna27, feel free to PM me, I'm a current student at ITT Portland in my 3rd term.
    In texas there is no problem.., The school is great..,
  9. by   bevtag
    Hi. Tomorrow is our final final...FINALLY at ITT Tech in Oklahoma City. My group is the 2nd class to graduate. The first graduated in June. One girl from the first class passed her NCLEX about a month ago.

    I won't deny we've had our share of problems, but the OK Board of Nursing just gave us approval for the next three years. We're on our 4th Nursing Chair. The first had major surgery and had to quit. The next two had their own agenda$, but the one now is absolutely wonderful! We love her!

    Yes, we're low on the totem pole with NESA and getting into the hospitals, but we've been to hospitals all over the city and have had some great experiences. The hospitals were quite amenable to us. The Portland school sounds shady because of their "non-disclosure." I don't believe it. They are lying to you.

    We've had our share of teachers and preceptors that weren't a good fit, but that's true in any school. One of the requirements of ITT is that the teachers give you their cell phone number. All of our teachers are available 24/7 and some have been called in the middle of the night for a variety of reasons. I have felt loved and supported by the majority of my teachers.

    Because the class sizes are small and the teachers have to teach more than one class, the teachers know us well. A few of the students are trouble makers, but...every school has its share.

    Having suffered a nervous breakdown halfway due to the pressure and viciousness of the instructors in another well-established program, I'm thankful for ITT. Again, it has had its issues, but every nursing program does. Several of us have been offered jobs at the hospitals we've been at. I don't think getting a job will be a problem.

    Oh yeah, a good friend of mine moved from the Dallas area two years ago to attend this school because there wasn't one in Texas. It's good to hear Richardson is a good campus. I'll tell her. Good luck, Portland, and don't sign anything until you have the answers you need. It's a great deal of money. You need better answers than they're giving you. Also, get every promise in writing. We were promised they would pay for our NCLEX, but it wasn't in writing. Thanks to our wonderful chairwoman, ITT is paying for our NCLEX. She almost got them to pay for Kaplan, too, but they declined as of today. Oh well.

    I haven't heard anything about getting a BS from ITT. I think, but am not sure, that the University of Phoenix accepts our credits. Other than that, our credits don't transfer anywhere that I know of. That sucks, but if I want to pursue more, I'll find a way. Right now I just want to get a job so I can pay back that $40,000!
  10. by   pjcna27
    Quote from thinline38
    In texas there is no problem.., The school is great..,
    what up steener7
  11. by   Bruinsbegonias
    This is the first time I've stumbled across this thread and the first time I've decided to post since registering for the site.

    It sounds as if it really depends on the location of the school as to whether or not ITT's having any success with their new nursing program. I'll agree with bevtag and say that the OKC campus is wonderful!! Although, my opinion is not only biased because I just graduated with her class last Saturday, but also because of everything else she's had to say about the OKC program.

    The classes start off with a decent number of students and, as quarters pass, the weeding out process begins. If you're not in it for the long run and can't/won't handle the enormous amount of time and stress involved with taking an accelerated course, then this is not for you. For that matter, nursing might not be up your alley either. You have to do what you have to do and make the most of what you have to work with. It's all about tapping your resources effectively and making a commitment. You'll also be required to have the complete support from your family and loved ones too. Just as they are a invaluable source of support for any patient, they will also be pertinent for your success as well.

    The cost is large, that's for sure. Many people are looking toward this profession because there's a very decent living to be made. If you're in this for the money then I hope I don't end up working on a floor with you It's supposed to be about the patients, and having patience for you patients, and doing what's in their best interests as their advocate. I had to take every prerequisite class along with the nursing classes each quarter and now I owe about $50K... and I don't care. If I decide to take their BSN course later down the line after it's offered, and I pay down my student loans a bit, then I don't mind paying another $50K for it if that's what it costs. I will further my education beyond what I just completed some time down the line somewhere. And one of the best things about becoming a RN is that I'll never stop learning on a daily basis no matter what. Fear of monotony is now in my past.

    So, if you're in the OKC region and looking for a great nursing school then I definitely recommend ITT. The instructors all take as much time as you need to feel comfortable with the material you have to cover and are willing continue going over it as many times as necessary until you have it mastered. They are all very personable and genuinely interested in your education; not only for your sake, but for the sake of the lives you will be responsible for some day.

    I hope somebody comes along and finds some use in this post. Future, here I come with degree in hand
  12. by   abree0323
    So did your ITT campus have anything to help you find a job now that you've graduated?
  13. by   Bruinsbegonias
    Quote from abree0323
    So did your ITT campus have anything to help you find a job now that you've graduated?
    Our Career Services department requests they have a copy of your resume on hand and helps in every way possible to help you put your new skills to work. During my last quarter, in Leadership, putting together a resume was part of our grade and they had wonderful advice for what's expected according to the most current format. Everyone had to go through at least one mock interview before graduating too so they could identify any potential weaknesses and give you pointers. Also, if you have a place in mind that you're interested in working at then mention it to someone in Career Services. They have job fairs right on campus regularly and can petition to have a recruiter from certain hospitals present.

    Most of the places I'm interested in working at are hospitals I've made contacts with during clinicals and where I already have some experience with their charting programs (i.e., EPIC, Meditech, and/or paper charting). These places already have jobs posted on their websites and I just comb through them looking for something I'm either interested in or think I'm currently qualified for and click the apply button. Here in OKC, there are dozens of jobs to choose from.

    I still have to sit for boards and attain licensure, but one job I applied for yesterday required either a current state license or to be eligible for immediate licensure. I can sit for boards any time so I applied. If I don't get called in for an interview then that's fine. Everything will fall into place in due time. I'm just relived to finally be out of school for now. I'm sure you will be too.

    Good luck!!

    P.S. Use your clinical and classroom instructors as references and list them on a page separate from your resume. It's likely that these people have worked at the places you'll doing clinicals at and will already know people you can speak with about opportunities. I even asked my Chair of Nursing if I could list her and put her contact info down. Use the multitude of resources to your advantage and list your clinical skills on your resume too. And remember, every clinical rotation is like an interview all in itself. The nurses you work around will notice your performance so make them all memorable in a positive way.