I didnt think I received a great education at all. Most of our teachers didn't like teaching. There was no in what they taught and what we were tested on. In first semester skills lab their were 5 or 6 instructors who taught 5 or 6 ways. then we were graded by someone who was not our teacher who would fail us for doing what we were taught. there was no consistency between what you had to to pass and what mistakes resulted in failure. for example, when i was in 1st semester you got two attempts to pass a validation ( now its three). if you didnt pass the last attempt no matter what your grade you recieved an F in the course. one of my classmates never passed a single one and graduated with my class while one of my friends failed twice because of inconsistency between teachers and was nearly kicked out of school. they spent more time making us do stupid clinical paperwork than giving us the opportunity to practice skills such as venipuncture and starting IVs. SO when my class entered our last semester of school it was the norm to have started between zero and two IVs. I graduated only having ever started ONE.
I graduated this August. I had about 100 people in my class. Only about 20 had a job. Only about four of those were where they precepted. I got my license two weeks ago I still cant get a job. I have only had two interviews since july and no job offers. I went to UAB and applied there several times and got one interview. the school and the hr department do nothing to help you. even though they hire a lot of students from other nursing schools. I have friend who worked for UAB for four years partime (24 hours a week) as a tech she still couldnt get a job there.
I had several teachers at UAB that flat out didnt care about teaching or their students. then they would tell students that served on committees with them how much they hated our class. some of my teachers had been teaching so long they taught my boss (at the part time job i had in school) when she went to nursing school in the 80s. we had some of the exact same teachers. mostly the ones who had no real joy in teaching.
on paper UAB has a good reputation. i dont know how. one of the nurse practitioners i worked with on work study said it might be for research dollars. but student satisfaction is very low. i had maybe 6 really good faculty and instructors and all my part-time clinical instructors that were not SON professors were really good. my 2 faculty clinical instructors were no where near on the same level as the part-time instructors i had. they were great. they really liked teaching and sought opportunities for us to practice skills. they were also tough when they needed to be. if UAB had more teachers like them it would be a good school.
UAB doesnt give a preference to its own grads at all. My classmates with jobs are about evenly split between UAB and the other five hospitals in the area. but most of dont have jobs.
the nclex pass rate when i graduated was a 90.9. now its going up because most of my class and about 95% of the may class passed. but the review course they gave us was sorry. they have a deal with ATI so we did there review. it was boring. the book was a badly condensed version of the books we had gotten from ATI throughout nursing school. it was a three day waste of time. i did hurst online review it was FABULOUS. it was the only reason i passed. not a single thing the ATI lady guaranteed would be on NCLEX during three days was on there and she made it seem like NCLEX would be easy its so straight forward. ITS NOT. its tricky.
Now the nursing school is the has the highest tuition on campus. uab raised its tuition by about 13% a year like all colleges. because they allegedly are so strapped for cash. nursing school tuition used to be about 20 dollars more per credit hour. this fall they raised the tuition about 21% making it $271 per credit hour in state. i looked it up that was the instate graduate tuition my last year of school. try to get scholarships through the university the nursing school scholarships suck. i have heard there need based. i got one with a A average before nursing school but my mother was a single parent who made about 40,000 a year. the president of the student nurses association couldnt get a scholarship from the nursing school and she an A average in nursing school.
Samford's website is Samford University, Birmingham, Alabama. i went to church with a nurse that went there and works for UAB. she liked. i know they have small class sizes and are supposed to really be supportive of and work with students. but i did not go there and my friend has been a nurse for a few years so it might have changed. you should ask someone that went there. it is more expensive because its private.