about the nursing program in Shenandoah University

  1. Hi, I am a new member to this forum and I had been recently accepted to Shenandoah University. However, I have heard very poor reviews for the nursing program from previous students there. There were about 4 reviews for this university and they gave the program mediocre score ratings. Can anyone tell me more about this school? I am desperately seeking out the truth!!
    This nursing student said:
    The school does not provide detailed information concerning tuition and curriculum changes. They can change your program at any given moment and move your credits to the new program. They apparently reserve the right to do what they want with your credits while you still have to pay for them. They state that if it doesnt change your graduation date, you are not affected. all they are concerned with is the graduation date and not what it costs to attend new classes.....its extra for labs and clinicals. They do not follow their own greivance procedures. Appealing to the President of the school is useless and a waste of time.....he passes it on to the very person you're appealing. Student body is not small. They have way too many students and not enough classroom space to accomidate them. They also do not have enough faculty to accomidate the growing student body. Its all about the money for them and not whats legally right for their students.
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  3. by   StarGirl
    Hey! I am actually attending the Shenandoah 2nd degree program in Leesburg right now (smack in the middle, actually) and I can honestly say that I have been happy with the program so far. Like I said, I am in the second degree program, which is not on the main campus, but I have heard from the hospitals that we have been to that Shenandoah Nursing students are highly recommended, they are seen as very professional, and have a great reputation in the community. As for all the stuff about moving around your credits and whatnot I don't really know what that other person was talking about so I can't give you my opinion on that. I can tell you that I have never heard of such I thing before though (at Shenandoah or any other school for that matter). Also, we just got a new school president and she is an amazing person who is very involved in the student body affairs. If you have any other Q's feel free to ask! =)
  4. by   walkerj
    I went to Shenandoah University and it is a horrible school. I don't recommend it to anyone.
  5. by   jejohns2
    Hi! I got into the Nursing Accelerated Program at Shenandoah University and see that you attended... I would love to hear how you liked the program because I really want to make sure I am making the best decision. Thanks so much!
  6. by   jejohns2
    Hi, I am still figuring this thing out.. but I really wanted to respond to your posts not everyone haha... would love to hear how you liked Shenandoah and any pros/cons of the Leesburg campus.. they are starting a Spring session for the first time and I am a little concerned they won't have enough space to be able to study during the day there.. what was your schedule like there? Thanks for your help!
  7. by   FA to CRNA2b
    My honest opinion is that it seems like students go to SU when they can't get accepted into any other local program. They don't go there because it has a good reputation--many people have never even heard of Shenandoah. Shenandoah is way over-priced, second to SU would be Marymount in terms of rip-off factor. If you don't mind paying that much, Georgetown is a much, MUCH better choice. If your main concern is starting right away in the Spring, then you only have three options that I know of. Shenandoah, Marymount, and University of Maryland. I'd go to Maryland although it is out of state. They are rated in the top 10 for nursing and have fantastic clinical sites including their own Shock Trauma Center, as well as Hopkins next door.
  8. by   jejohns2
    I am still waiting to hear from Marymount and have gotten into SU and Maryland, but cost-wise I am not so sure about Marymount. I really have heard mixed reviews about SU and Marymount. I didn't apply to Georgetown, I think my husband would fall over if I did. Unfortunately, that may not be in the cards for me. Hopefully something works out for me here soon.
  9. by   FA to CRNA2b
    Shenandoah cost more then Marymount. I think it's about 1K more? Plus, they require you to buy their own laptop, which is really ridiculous. The only plus side is that you'd be driving in the right direction in terms of traffic and it's really beautiful out West. It is a BEAR in the winter though. For Marymount, you should be warned about the parking. If you don't go early for class, you will be waiting for a long time in the parking line. At the Ballston campus, there is a security person who stands at the front of the line to help scope out a spot as soon as a student leaves the building. Parking is an absolute nightmare. Georgetown's parking is non-existent, but they do have the GUTs (Georgetown University Transportation) which will transport you from Rosslyn or Dupont to the school. Have you considered GMU or NVCC? They're really good state schools. Where do you live?
  10. by   jejohns2
    I am applying for the second degree accelerated BSN so my understanding was the SU (Leesburg location) was cheaper than Marymount, but I could be mistaken. What do you mean they require them to buy their laptop? I know my friend at Marymount said that they suggest a palm pilot for the index nursing software or something. The traffic thing is something I am heavily considering since I am located in Chantilly. I went to VT undergrad, so I can definitely commiserate with the parking problem. I mean bottom line - I just want to go with a program that has a solid foundation to prepare me for the exam so I guess who knows.
  11. by   anxious2bnurse
    jejohns2,

    I have a question for you. Is there any reason why you're not considering the program at UMD aside from it being out of state? If location is a problem for you, UMD has a satellite campus at Shady Grove. I live in Fairfax. It takes me 35 minutes to get to the Shady Grove Campus without traffic.
  12. by   FA to CRNA2b
    The laptop is for Shenandoah.

    If you're in Chantilly, why not GMU?

    I'm in Ashburn
  13. by   sunray12
    Quote from FA to CRNA
    My honest opinion is that it seems like students go to SU when they can't get accepted into any other local program. They don't go there because it has a good reputation--many people have never even heard of Shenandoah. Shenandoah is way over-priced, second to SU would be Marymount in terms of rip-off factor. If you don't mind paying that much, Georgetown is a much, MUCH better choice. If your main concern is starting right away in the Spring, then you only have three options that I know of. Shenandoah, Marymount, and University of Maryland. I'd go to Maryland although it is out of state. They are rated in the top 10 for nursing and have fantastic clinical sites including their own Shock Trauma Center, as well as Hopkins next door.
    IMO in the long run no one is going to care what school you went to or whether you enrolled in school A because you didn't get into school B. Those factors don't make anyone a better or worse professional in any field. Once you graduate you will be working alongside people who went to the famous schools and people who went to schools you never heard of. I can guarantee you won't find any correlation in their abilities as professionals. The main strike against a school like SU as far as I'm concerned is cost and also as someone said commuting west in the snow is indeed a bear. I've done it - only had to deal with one snow storm as I recall. Other than that it was a real pleasure to be going against traffic and that was always smooth sailing.
  14. by   walkerj
    You are absolutely right, it is all about the money.:chuckle
    This is the worse school I have attended. Where have ou decided to attend Nursing school?

    As for me, I looking to either Drexel, Thomas Jefferson, Temple, or Univ of Pennsylvania.

    Let me know

    walkerj

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