Quote from ICUman
I graduated from this program not long ago.
I feel like they do an adequate job in preparing one to work as a nurse. I feel like I was more prepared by my outside preparation though. Years as an ICU and ER tech. Employers in the SLC region do respect the program and it has a decent reputation. The U of U critical care internship even hires ameritech grads now. I was one of them, and turned it down. It was easy to find a job. I had 5 different offers. Keep in mind the job environment may be different when you graduate. There are a plethora of nursing jobs right now.
If you can afford the astronomical price tag, and the difficultly of your degree not having regional accreditation afterward, then consider going. I am now trying to find an RN to BSN program (besides WGU who takes anyone), and it has proved difficult because they won't accept ameritech credits.
This is most likely the most tepid recommendation I have seen yet for a school of nursing.
It was founded in 2006, has an astronomical price tag and no regional accreditation
So sign me the hey up!
As far as accepting students are concerned, they are a for-profit. For-profits accept anyone with a GED and and a clean record (no felonies please). "What a relief!"
Your WSU remark seems to be somewhat unfounded in reality. But based on (collegescorecard.ed.gov) they charge a lot less than half the price in college tuition than Ameritech, have CCNE accreditation and are not for-profit. All those qualities are very credible and seem to be non-predatory in nature which is a leg up these days.
So while most schools have their pro and cons, at the very least tuition cost and solid accreditation coupled with a good work ethic on the part of the student should help guarantee success in school and in the workplace later on. Solid credentials are a must and important for those just starting out and always will be.
Disclaimer: No, I am not an employee of WGU. Merely an advocate for nursing colleagues in the U.S. and abroad.
*All schools should be evaluated on their merits. Not the hype and not the come-on and not the dream. There's simply too much at stake.