I have been checking out all the various local nursing schools in case I don't get in to Baptist and I went to Galen last week. It was a very nice building, all the latest technology and equipment, and wow what a laboratory! But the cost of the school blew me away. After all $5350 in grants, I would still have to take out loans or work and pay for $11,000 in tuition to get my LVN!!! And there are no books, uniforms or other fees included! Not only that, they wouldn't tell me if my pre-requisites from ACCD would apply towards their ADN program. They didn't even ask me about my gpa or anything else.
But then, lol, I went to Texas Careers, took the HESI, brought my official transcripts, and they didn't seem to even care about anything but enrolling me! And then, I found out tuition for their LVN program is 24k!!!
It does include books and a uniform but holy cow!
So the wake-up call for me is that schools are businesses. I was so excited to get the grants, and so discouraged that it only applies to a fraction of the tuition for a lot of these schools! I think it will be public schools for me if I cannot get into a work-study at Baptist, or get a position somewhere that will help me with my tuition. I don't want anymore loans than I have to have.
I wish you the best of luck at Galen. Their NCLEX scores look competetive, so you should be fine. It's all about what you make of it, I think. Once you get that license, you are a nurse. Good luck at Galen! It really is a beautiful school!