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Our Lady of the Lake College good or not so good?

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by ImaPhlebotomist ImaPhlebotomist (New Member) New Member

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I'm very interested in OLOL but I've been seeing some horror stories that kinda of turn me off.

If you've attented OLOL could you please tell your experiences good or bad?

This would be very helpful as I'm in Washington

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adriqj46 has 5 years experience.

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If you are speaking of OLOL in Louisiana I would have not heard much positive about this program. I am a graduate of a school in Baton Rouge, and the students attending OLOL never had anything good to say about it. Baton Rouge General (my school, which is #1 in the nation as far as NCLEX passing rate..and really is just awesome), Southeastern Louisiana, and Baton Rouge Community College are some other respectable programs in the Baton Rouge Area. Good luck!

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Yes I was talking about OLOL in LA. I was in a hurry when I posted that.

I've never heard of BRG, I'm looking at the website right now. I'm am now intersted! Thank you! So there isn't much info on BRG...is this more of a hands-on program (this is why I ask )"The required general education courses are part of the program of study and must be completed at a university of the student's choice approved by the school."

Also, what have you heard that was not so great about OLOL?

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adriqj46 has 5 years experience.

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BRG is a diploma program and your pre-reqs must be completed beforehand at a community college or university outside of BRG. Everyone at BRG absolutely LOVES it and the faculty truly cares about each student's success. It has more clinical time than most other programs and truly produces quality nurses. Anyone will tell you they'd rather hire a BRG graduate because they know they are prepared to be on the floor the second they graduate. Most of my teachers were available outside of school and I still keep in contact with them (by personal cellphone) I hear OLOL is not very helpful, the instructors kind of leave the students to "fend" for themselves, and the students are miserable and hate it. They pretty much have to teach themselves the material, and OLOL really only cares about the money. I know several current students/graduates from that program and maybe 10% said "it's alright", that's out of 50 or so students. I hate to even talk this way about another program, and should let you make your own opinion, but I really would hate for you to not know what you are getting yourself into! OLOL used to be "the" nursing school to go to, but that reputation has long passed. People who don't know any better still think it's the only school around. Good luck with your decision!

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Yes! I think I've tossed OLOL to the back burner! I'll be done with my pre-reqs by the deadline of Aug. 31! But this is a dumb question....I see you said it is a diploma program....so it is for sure ASN once the program is completed...I've yet to find anything that the site says about it. But I'm glad to get more insight on OLOL from more people on this site, instead of wasting $35 on admission alone!

Ohh yes what is one class grade they are looking for? A&P? or Chem?

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adriqj46 has 5 years experience.

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I don't understand what you mean? You are a graduate and become a registered nurse once you pass NCLEX. ASN and diploma are the same level and make the same money coming straight out of school. Honestly I wouldn't get caught up in the diploma, asn, bsn jargon. Diploma nurses have a better success rate for NCLEX 1st time pass rate, and are better prepared for the workforce. I plan to go back to NP school and there are tons of RN-MSN bridge programs. The possibilities are endless for diploma nurses! They require A&P at college level and they also require you to have taken chemistry at high school or college level I think. Hope this helps!

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And what kind of stories have you heard???? I am in the program right now and I can't complain...

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I know this is old, but my cousin is in OLOL right now, as are several of my friends and they all love it. I'm actually taking a course or two there this summer to lighten up my load in the spring. I'm really curious because I've never heard anything bad about the program. To everyone I've spoken to, is still is *the* nursing school to go to in LA.

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adriqj46 has 5 years experience.

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Hahah. I still disagree. Funny looking back at this post. I've gone on to get my BSN and am now in anesthesia school at Columbia in NYC. My opinion still stands. I guess in the end though, nursing is what you make of it. Good luck !

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