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  1. forgop

    Marian University-Online Accelerated Program

    I'm in my 2nd semester. My complaint isn't about the difficulty as I expected nursing school to be difficult. My complaint is geared towards 2 instructors that have been retained from one cohort to the next who do nothing to provide value and are pretty much non-existent when you have questions. For pathophysiology, the instructor was far too busy to really even facilitate answering emails and often ignored many of them. All he did was use another instructor's lousy material and little more. We often had to tell him to provide a homework assignment that was due within a couple of days that was nowhere to be found. He also provides "study guides" that are really nothing of the sort because while they cover extensive amounts of material, he completely leaves of MAJOR portions of the exam. (For the cardiac chapter, he completely left off MI and HF from the study guide). For adult client 1, the exams were a complete joke. Some exams saw up to 8-9 questions (out of 50) credited if you missed them because they were legitimately bad questions. Another example was having an exam fall on a Monday morning of Easter weekend-as students, we don't get a break. However, on Thursday, I sent the instructor questions that I had pertaining to the exam that were never answered before the exam. It's one thing if the instructor sent out an email giving us plenty of notification that they'll be unavailable for a period of time and to get questions in by a certain day/time. However, she did nothing of the sort. It's easy to say "ask earlier", but in a program where you're taking 5 classes together, you don't necessarily come across questions until right before an exam. Study guides also didn't match up very well with exams. By the way, the new "coordinator" or whatever her title is will tell you that as a student in the OA program, you will not be permitted to print anything. You will be told to drive to the main campus, despite the fact that we pay the same price to attend the OA program as the traditional accelerated students on campus. Many people in our class live on the north side and chose the OA program because of the proximity to the lab/clinicals, so why should they have to go to main campus to print? Sorry, but for $795/credit hour, I should be able to print outlines in the lab. She really needs to go.
  2. If you're interested in pursuing this program, beware that you are going into a program that will leave you scratching your heads as to how unorganized it is. Course content in pathophysiology and nursing care for the adult client lacks a lot to be desired and instructors disappear into cyberspace for a week at a time or more without any correspondence, if they even bother to return emails at all. Certain instructors are just coasting off of material available for previous classes and literally doing nothing to earn their paychecks. The bottom line is that some of the online instructors put virtually zero effort into enhancing the learning and then wonder why test scores are so low. We consistently have to ask for homework assignments due that aren't even posted and exams posted on the website in no way translates to what material exactly is being covered. If you want to a lot, this is the program for you.
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    If you want a program that cannot be transferred anywhere else, go for it.
  4. forgop

    Anyone in L&D

    What are your thoughts/experiences being a male nurse in L&D? It seems to be the area I'm most interested in having been through the birth of my 3 children.
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    Men in L&D

    I'm contemplating what fields I'd prefer and I think L&D would be one of them. I've been through the birth of my 3 kids and think it would be one of the more rewarding areas that I could think of prior to starting school. However, my thoughts might change once I would start in the program. What are your thoughts?
  6. forgop

    My case for MedTech

    First of all, I'm 35, husband/father to 3 kids and the "provider" for my stay-at-home wife. I lost my job in July due to the economy and job prospects in my field aren't the best and quite frankly, I really have no desire to do it anymore. I have a bachelors and a masters degree. Neither degree required any classes like anatomy, physiology, sociology, etc. I obviously have a number of nursing school options to include IUPUI, University of Indianapolis, Marian College, Purdue, Ivy Tech, and MedTech. For me, the #1 goal is to get through a program in the shortest amount of time in order to become gainfully employed once again. For admission to all programs other than MedTech, I must complete a number of prerequisites that would take at least a year for me to complete before I could even apply to the nursing program. I'm competing against a large pool and even once I completed them, would be bound to be waitlisted. It's quite conceivable that I wouldn't be able to start at any program for 2 full years. Add on 2 more years for just an ASN degree and that's 4 full years of lost income. Sure, MedTech is expensive, but so is any other option that isn't Ivy Tech, IUPUI, or Purdue. Based upon the credit hours at MedTech and Ivy Tech, the cost is about $32k more from what I can see. Problem is, I'd gain MUCH more in working those 2 years than I could going to school. I also have a pretty narrow window of how much longer I'll be able to continue collecting unemployment. At MedTech, all the prerequisites are included in the ASN program and the garbage math/English/psychology that won't transfer in. It's unfortunate, but hey, I'd spend more time outside of the ASN prerequisites before I even got in elsewhere. The director last night claimed having a 90+% pass rate of the NCLEX-RN. Maybe one day I might pursue an ASN to BSN option, but that isn't as important at the moment. Having worked in management, I'm perfectly content in not dealing with the added headache. What am I leaving out?