Hi dreamnurse, this was posted on March 9, 2011 by lil bit country;
I am in the program now and it has not improved from what I can tell. The instructors are discouraging, belittling, and unapproachable. All of the classes are self-taught (with the exception, so far, of Psychiatric Nursing), with "lectures" consisting of instructors zipping through their power point presentations at lightning speed without any consideration to students attempting to take notes or ask questions.
Our "skills lab" is a joke. We weren't taught anything, only sat down in a classroom to re-watch videos that we were assigned to watch at home. Yet once you get to clinical rotations, you are responsible for being proficient at these same skills. (The skills lab is open 4:30-6:30 only during the weekday and you have to sign up for skills lab hours separately than the program --costing more money and prolonging hours on campus). Their "state of the art" SIM lab is off limits to students -- not a single person in my class has touched a single piece of equipment in that room. It was used as an alternate day for clinical rotation when there were too many students on the floor at the hospital. Take a wild guess what you do on your SIM lab day. Yup, watch videos.
Until our class, end-of-semester class evaluations were not anonymous, so no real opinions could be put forth without fear of retribution from the instructor when you have them again farther along in the program (the same instructors that teach the first class...teach the last class as well).
The system for filing a complaint is a joke, since the administration and the teaching staff are one and the same. For instance, if you'd like to complain about an instructor, somewhere along the chain of command that you are required to navigate in order to get to the dean, you will have to go through the very instructor you are filing a complaint about. No advocate for the students exist. It appears that the administrative staff are only in place to watch each other's back.
A side note of shady behavior: In order to be approved for funding from the Song-Brown Act of California, each health care program it is required to undergo a walk though evaluation site visit by a lawyer. Guess who the lawyer who did the check on Merritt was! None other than their own ***** Conflict of interest much? You can see the full report by clicking the link below.
Dreamnurse, I hope this info helps in preparing for the program. Wishing you much success.