I am starting the LVN program at Unitek College San Jose campus next Monday.
It is a part-time program with Monday, Wednesday class from 5:30pm to 10:30pm and Saturday clinical from 7:00am to 8:00pm from Dec 14 2020 to July 17, 2022.
The program is pretty expensive at 36k and changes comparing to community colleges at a couple of thousand, however the schedule allow me to continue my work and I have been waiting for this chance for a long time. Also, I got GI Bill that pays about 18k per year, so I hope I do not have to pay lots of out-of-pocket.
There are lots of bad reviews for the school over the years, and I also experience some inconveniences dealing with some of the administrative people, like not responsive on emails, not following up on details ... but I think they are busy or your priorities are not same as their priorities ... so just go ahead and plan out your courses, communicate clearly and consisely what you like to do to help them.
Had the orientation last Wednesday, and the director of the school is very passionate and knowledgeable about the program. She is also very patient wit many of us not listening and keep asking about the exacting she just talks about. She is also a very effective communicator, set out the objectives, cover them, then summarize them at the end, so hopefully most of the students know what to do next.
Pickup the books, lab supplies, uniform, student badge last Thursday. The school staff are very helpful despite the Covid precautions. They even let me air-try the uniform and change the size on the spot to ensure I have the best-fitted uniform. The school really plans out everything for the student as compare with community colleges that you will need to get your books and supplies, uniform on your own and some young people might need helps with that.
I logged into Canvas and ATITesting.com right away and the information is overwhelm. There is a lots more the school plans out for the students to prepare for the NCLEX and it is from day zero. As an adult student, I appreciate that. I think I will need to spend lots of time, maybe 5-6 hours per day to study the curriculum materials AND also all the soft skills of therapeutic communication, study skills, testing skills and NCLEX preparation right away.
Lots of details already. I will keep update my journey in nursing starting with LVN at Unitek College.