I graduated from the LPN(evening) program in 2006. I took the NET exam in 2004 and was granted early acceptance. I remember feeling thrilled, but let me tell you this- the test was really basic. I went totally unprepared as I didn't even know that one could prepare for the exam! I also didn't know anything about MCVTS, but chose it because it was close to home and work and had an evening program. I do not like Math and am not very good at it, but even I thought the exam was easy! I had a lot of language and comprehension, along with basic math. I remember going to Barnes & Noble a couple of months after the NET and finding books to help with preparation!
MCVTS is a highly subsidized school and gives you the best value for money compared to almost every other LPN school in NJ. I spent around $6000 for the program including books. The program was very, very rigorous and went into a lot of detail in a short amount of time. It was a LOT of hard work with at least an hour or two of studying everyday! The instructors were good and clinical experiences gave us a lot of exposure to the real world. I had a 2-year-old, a full time day job and went to evening school with clinicals on Saturdays (every other week I think...don't remember) after the first 6 months. A lot of the students in my class had young kids and full time day jobs. Some quit the program after a couple of months and by the time we graduated in 2006, we had about 22 students remaining. I think we started with 28 or 30.
We has quizzes almost every week and had to write a report after some clinicals, especially once you get to the specialties. We did rotations in Psych, OB, Peds and Med-Surg. We took an exit exam after completion and I remember that was a big deal. The school took us through the process of applying for the boards. I took the NCLEX-PN immediately after completion and had my license even before the graduation ceremony.
Overall, the program gave me a strong foundation into Nursing and I don't really have anything negative to say. Things might be a little different now, I cannot comment on something that I don't know, but I felt like it was one of the best experiences of my life! I took it easy for the next 5 years, had another baby:) and enrolled in an LPN-RN program at Excelsior College in Oct 2011. I graduated earlier this year and passed my NCLEX-RN recently:))
A word of advice- if you are planning on attending evening school, it would help if you work, at least part time in the medical field. It connects theory and practice and help you remember and understand everything better. Good Luck!!