OK, wow, just got around to reading some posts from a dissatisfied student! I'm not sure who saveyourself is, but I'm a student in the same program and in NO WAY feel the way they do. I have also showed what they have written to several of my other classmates and they are ready to join the forum and discount saveyourself's statements on the program as well lol. We were reading it like what the hell who is this and what the hell are they talking about haha. Also, the amount of spelling and grammatical errors really bothered us - no wonder they're so disgruntled! LOL
First off, let me make it VERY clear that everyone in the class does not feel the way this person does! I think it's owed to those of you who are applying/accepted to know this - I remember what it was like reading posts such as those and it really leaves you wondering, especially when you're quite interested in a particular program. Well, I feel this program is great - We've learned a tremendous amount since August (both in lecture and clinical), and I can honestly say as of right now I feel confident on the floor when I'm in the hospital and that I will (hopefully lolol) pass the NCLEX. During clinicals, my group received several positive remarks from nurses on the unit regarding how knowledgeable we are in the material we've learned and how they didn't know as much or do the amount we have done while they were in school (some were second degree nurses, recent grads, etc.) That being said, the clinical instructors are awesome. You need to know your stuff, but they make sure you get to do/see as much as possible during your rotations. But, a lot of students fail to realize clinical is WHAT YOU MAKE OF IT. You want to stand around and do nothing when the instructor is busy with someone else or expect the instructor to hold your hand, that only hurts you... Being proactive - Answering call bells even if it's not your patient, helping other nurses you're not assigned to, and doing assessments on other patients not your own is very important in having an amazing clinical experience. Those of us who have followed that have had great clinical experiences and those that didn't b**ched and moaned LOL.
There were a bunch of us who made the Dean's List... I'd say around 15? Not really sure, I can't remember the number on the list lol (it's hanging outside Dr. Apold's office so if any of you are going for your interview you can check it out). So, those that are on probation or are struggling are struggling for a reason. Either not studying enough or focusing too much on the wrong material. If the program is as terrible as this person claims, no one would be succeeding LOL. The tests are fair, they are NCLEX style for the most part and I haven't come across many questions on exams that pertained to material we didn't cover. If there is, they actually review the exam and throw out the questions or curve the exam! Hence, one of the reasons that we might get an exam back a week later. And, the claim that we get exams 3 weeks later?! ***** That has never happened so I have no idea what they're talking about lol. As far as not getting to keep your exam - OK, this is not a program fault, MANY schools do this... I wasn't allowed to keep any exams while taking my pre-reqs (which was at a different school) and same with some during undergrad. Study what you need to study and wouldn't have to worry about keeping an exam to review from LOL. As far as the NCLEX 4000, one of the best ways to do well in the program and on the NCLEX IS to do practice questions!!! You can't teach critical thinking LOL. I study the notes and do tons of practice questions daily on the material we've learned and I've managed to get near 4.0 last semester and I'm hoping for a 4.0 this semester. Getting into the hang of NCLEX style questions via exams and practice is a sure way to prepare for the NCLEX!!!
Also, I just had to speak on the claim regarding the email about notice for the final. We all knew there was going to be a final but didn't know when so there was definitely time to study. The professor asked when it would work best for us and the date/time was chosen by what students felt was best... The exam was for the Spiritual Competence class, it was going to be 25Q multiple choice, online from home! You could use your notes so um if you need time to prepare for that then just give up now LOL.
The faculty and staff is very accommodating to the students, everyone is nice and the claim that "nice caring attitudes are out the window" is completely and utterly false!!! Dr. Apold and the rest of the faculty is super nice, their doors are always open, and they really try their best to help you but there's only so much they can do for everyone. If you ask me, the problem is some of the students, not the program. Some of the students complain about EVERYTHING. "Oh we can't have an exam and a paper due the same week, can we have something moved" it gets moved. I mean ppl b***hed and moaned about having an exam the day after superbowl so to be nice they moved it to Tuesday. From what I hear from some of my peers in other schools, no nursing program would do that!!! That's why things may get disorganized or confusing at times because you have a select few of constant complainers who are never happy and always want something moved around because they can't handle doing more than one assignment at a time lol. It's like, "GET OVER IT!" Some students need to just shut up and deal with what we have to do... They made it very clear to us from the beginning that they own us for the duration of the program lol. It's a 15 month accelerated program and I wouldn't be upset if they told me I had 10 papers and 3 exams one week, I'll prioritize my time and do what I have to do lol.
Overall, the program is doing fine and accreditation is pretty much set. I had the chance to speak with the accreditors when they visited and they were very pleased with everything they'd witnessed both in clinical and lecture/lab. I was worried upon applying as well but we've basically got it, it's just a lot of paperwork that needs to get done lol. And, nothing has changed since the visit so I don't know what that remark was about either LOL.
Honestly, if any of you have any questions please feel free to PM me. I know what it was like to be interested in a school and not have much information on it... I tried to find someone out there who was currently a student or would be a future student back when I applied haha but they weren't out there LOL. I hope this information helps all of you! Best of luck in the application processes and congrats to those of you who have been accepted into programs
P.S. OMG so sorry for the LONG post LOL