Sorry ladies and gentlemen it's taken me so long (years) to reply to some of your questions. I graduated from Medical Prep Institute (MPI), took boards, passed and became a RN.
First, this school isn't one I would choose first. I would probably make this one of my last options if I were you guys. If I had known what I know now then I probably would have avoided this school all together but on the positive side it prepared me to be an RN and get my license.
Why? MPI is a school who takes basically anyone, long as you make your payment. There's a lot of corruption in this school. The owner is a horrible con artist (IMHO) who allows you to go through this program but once you finish you have to take multiple "exit examinations." I know, many nursing programs do the same but these are exams made up by her and her clique. You spend practically 1-2 years taking these exams trying to pass them in order to be able to sit for your NCLEX (this is for LPN and RN students). I would have been fine if the exams were administered by HESI or ATI (which I used in my PN program) but they were not. Whose to say If you got the question right or wrong on these self-made exams. I literally had to argue with the librarian (who administers the exams) about basic questions I knew were right but they marked wrong. I finished exams about two years ago, so I'm sure some things have changed since then. We were only allowed three chances to pass the exams before you had to do remediation for six months and restart all the exam back over again. We had students who made it through the entire program but couldn't pass the test and just stopped (waste of time and money with no license).
Classes are divided up by topics. We started with Microbiology and Transitions than went to fundamentals, pharmacology, Med/Surg, Maternity, Peds, Mental health, Psych, Community nursing and ended with management. The classes were manageable but they do throw a lot of content at one time which can make it hard at time. We had clinicals one day a week, test one day and week and quizzes once a week. Clinical were 12 hour shifts at a nursing home (no hospitals at all) we toured a psych facility and that was considered our psych clinical. YouTube we our clinical for every other subject. At the nursing homes we basically did CNA work (boring, as I were already a LPN working in a nursing home). The teachers were the owner family members (sister, cousin) who attended the school previously and were teaching classes. Once, you finish your classes and clinical at the end you are required to pass a clinical skill check off which consist of five skills (insert foley, head to toe assessment, etc) like I said this was a few years ago and it might have changed.
Overall, I was glad to have passed my boards and finish with this school. I would never enroll in their RN-BSN program which they are offering. When choosing schools, do your research and don't just choose the quickest route. This school claims 10 months when in reality it took about 2 years. Please don't be so desperate to choose any school. Look up a school reputation, ask about their clinical sites, what degrees do their instructors hold, what's their NCLEX pass rate and where have their students landed jobs at. Currently, I'm working at a level 2, big hospital in the ICU. This hospital never questioned me about my school or anything (thank god). Did I feel prepared once I started working? No, I think all new grads can attest to that but I feel I would have been BETTER prepared had I went to a good reputable school.
P.S- I'll check back here in to see any replies or see if anyone has any questions. Thanks, for listening to my rants.- Nurse M, RN.