Glad I found this thread. I am a recent chiropractor, only been practicing for a year, who is considering the NP route. My husband is also a chiropractor and completed the Mid-America program this past May and is currently enrolled in the NP program at Samford. As others, he had mixed experiences with MAL and Hardin-Simmons. For the most part, the clinicians were pretty good but there were some not so great experiences with the administration.
Clinicals were in TX and we were living in OR at the time. He had to do five 10-day rotations and there were times when, with little notice, the dates/locations of these trips were changed giving him little time (and costing him extra money) to make changes. The admin really didn't seem to care how this impacted the students who were out of state.
There were also issues with MAL and Hardin-Simmons... obviously because they are now working with Wayland. My husband heard rumours that MAL was charging them $30k, pocketing most of the money, and only passing on a much smaller portion of that to HS. This then impacted the students because money was not available to secure the appropriate faculty to lead them during their clinicals. Again, this was what he heard through the grapevine.
The program was rigorous and when he finished he passed the NCLEX no problem. He did put a tremendous about of time into studying and it paid off.
A word of caution: it is EXTREMELY hard to get a job as an RN right now. Most hospitals have hiring freezes or are only taking new grads from colleges they have contracts with. Most other jobs (travel nursing, home care, etc.) require a minimum of 2 yrs experience. So don't think you will walk right into your first RN job. It took my husband several months before he was lucky enough to get a job as a home health nurse. He spends 3 hrs a day in the car making not great pay per visit, not mileage reimbursement and TONs of paperwork. If you don't believe me just look at some of the other threads on this board... I just read one about someone who was still looking for a job a year post-grad.
So far his experience with Samford has been much better than MAL and HS. There is a system in place and it seems to be working. Some issues have arisen over changing dates with travel commitments to AL, but nothing like before. His biggest problem has been with the preceptorships. You are responsible for securing your own "internship" each semester with a different focus each time. He has had a hell of a time with this. He called/emailed/visited over 50 MD/DO/NPs before finding someone who was interested. One NP even asked him what was in it for her if she agreed to host him for the 240 required hours for the quarter. Even UofA is sending their NP students to Phoenix for lack of options here in town. Most of his friends in the program had little trouble due to having a professional relationship in place with someone in their town who agreed ahead of time. This first one was Family Practice, the next is OBGYN. He has already been told that as a male he is going to have a really hard time finding this placement and he has already begun looking for June.
So yes, despite all this I am considering my options. I am not super keen on dealing with MAL/WB at this point, especially since the length of the program increased. Additionally, since it is a Christian school there is required religious coursework that I'm not dying to take. My husband took his online through BYU and it was a TON of work... sometimes more work than his RN classes.
My community college is backed up til 2015 for the Associate degree, so that will not be an option for me. UA has an accelerated 15-month program, but I have been reading some pretty horrible things about it on this site so I am not sure about that either.
Has anyone had a more recent experience with Excelsior? They seem to be the only entirely on-line based program I have found. I can't get a handle on how long it will take or how much it will cost as of yet. Any other options to get the BSN portion that people know about? Does anyone have anything good to say about Wayland?
Sorry this was such a long post and I hope I added valuable information. If anyone has questions for my husband I would be happy to get them answered.