confused about MCI accreditation

  1. I've read about a million threads on MCI and while it's not my first choice, I'm taking a look at it. My issue is I'm a Naval spouse and if we move will I be able to work in another state? I spoke with a admission counselor a few months ago and I could never get a straight answer out of him. He said something about there being 10-15 states I'd be able to find work in, but it's fuzzy.

    Thanks for your help (and sorry ahead of time because I know this question has probably been asked a million times)
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  3. by   amber9540
    MCI PN's program is accredited last i heard the RN program was on hold which was about 2 months ago. However i would suggest you look a little more into them. I went there for PN and today was my last day!!! The credits earn there do not carry over and the program is so expensive. you should look up reviews about the school on google, i did after i was in school for a year and wish i would have sooner. Its an okay program but if i could do it all over again i would not chose MCI, but to answer you question when you get your license in Virginia you get a compact license which you can take to any compact states ( I know people who have gotten a compact license and gone to a state that wasn't compact and just had to do this thing called a walk through.
  4. by   lkwashington
    The credits do carry over to technology schools that are accredited by the same accrediting company.
  5. by   mangatron
    Do not go to MCI. As of 2-3 months ago they are no longer accredited. Even though you can still sit for the NCLEX after graduation, you will NOT be able to continue your education any further. So if you eventually want your bachelors, your credits will not transfer and you will have to start from scratch. The nurses they put out are not as high quality as other institutions as well 9I'm saying this as a generalization). My hospital will not allow them to do clinicals here, and many others wont either. This is a very important factor to consider.
  6. by   Bob_N_VA
    Quote from mangatron
    do not go to mci. as of 2-3 months ago they are no longer accredited. even though you can still sit for the nclex after graduation, you will not be able to continue your education any further. so if you eventually want your bachelors, your credits will not transfer and you will have to start from scratch. the nurses they put out are not as high quality as other institutions as well 9i'm saying this as a generalization). my hospital will not allow them to do clinicals here, and many others wont either. this is a very important factor to consider.
    can you be a bit more specific where you got that information? i don't have a dog in the fight (not a student there or plan to be) but when statements like this are made and i don't see any other information, i have to be a bit skeptical. i did check the nlnac website and this is what it shows for mci:

    ecpi college of technology - virginia beachbaccalaureate
    accreditation status:year of initial accreditation:january 2009continuing accreditation: last evaluation visit:january 27-29, 2009most recent action:july 2009next evaluation visit:spring 2014
  7. by   lkwashington
    There is more than one MCI. I guess it depends which school a person planning on attending.
  8. by   mangatron
    I'm sorry, I should have been more specific. I was referring to the MCI in Richmond, VA. My friend has a friend that just graduated from MCI (before they lost accreditation) and was worried about finding a job since she was coming from a now unaccredited school. As far as their clinical placement, I was told by MCI students that were visiting my floor that they usually only have placement in nursing homes. This was for the RN students! They said how excited they were that they got to go to a hospital for placement that semester. However, based on their below-par performance, the Nursing Director of Medicine (who was my prof last semester) no longer allows them placement at our hospital.
  9. by   TheCareerStudent
    Hello MCI RN student here,

    I attend the Newport News MCI campus. We are regionally accredited and in the accreditation phase for the NLN. I have a prior Bachelors and all my credits transferred in and the acceptance process was a breeze for me. The program is extremely expensive, $41,000 for the now 16 month program, but I have the GI Bill so this expense does not matter to me.

    I absolutely love my school and so far I have been a straight A student. I volunteer and network a lot in my area, I will have no trouble with my degree. It is hard to transfer credits to other universities because we are still waiting on the NLN accreditation. However our campus offers a B.S. program which I am told is NLN accredited. Also we have been told that the VA Beach campus will be rolling out an MSN program at the end of this year.

    I am accepted to go to UoP for an MSN/MHA bridge program after my degree. But they weighed my BS degree accreditation, not my MCI accreditation.

    The classes are 5 weeks long and tough, I have to dedicate myself to school. Thankfully I have a supportive hubby and no kids.

    If you have anymore questions feel free to message me. As an actual student, I can give you actual answers. Good luck!
  10. by   TheCareerStudent
    from the nlnac candidates for accreditation page:

    ecpi college of technology - newport associate medical careers institute
    1001 omni blvd, suite 200
    newport news, va 23606

    nurse administrator:
    bridgette carstens, msn, rn
    director of nursing - associate degree registered nursing program
    phone: (757)873-2423 ext 73399
    fax: (757)873-2472
  11. by   nmcclunglpn
    In response to the original question: If you get a VA license there is a multi state privledge, but if you go to a different state you can just apply there ans should have no problem getting the license. I imagine it is the same for LPN. I actually went to school in VA and got my license originally in WVA.
  12. by   rn.cma.cna
    Personally I think MCI is a business first, then school secondly, I was in the PN program and left after six months, not because I could not handle the classes, I was making A's..I left because the administration didn't care to hear about the problems that were going on in their classrooms or with their students, some of the teachers were giving out answers to the day before, and right before the test, students were caught cheating and they were slapped on the hand and told not to do it again, several students whined constantly about having to work a full time job, family, and not being able to handle the work load from the school, they would complain when the teacher would give too much to read or study...when I registered I got all the promises of the credits transferring to a four year college if we wanted to go for our BSN, job placement, so on and so forth...after I left I went to TCC, took my pre- regs and was accepted into the RN program and I am so happy I made that decision, I have two friends in the PN program at MCI and they are experiencing the same thing, MCI is like a convenience store, you are going to pay more for the convenience factor, the classes are large, the tuition is higher...I honestly don't know why anyone would want to go to any of those schools, so what you finish faster, but at what cost? I work for a large hospital and I know for a fact HR hesitates on hiring grad nurses from schools like that...just look into in more carefully, even if you use a GI Bill, don't waste it all on a school like that...
  13. by   nmcclunglpn
    There was definitely drama at MCI when I went there for PN but once a lot of students were weeded out it was much better. the admin left a lot to be desired! Some of the teachers were fantastic.... but many were horrible! I do feel like I learned a lot, however. If I had it to do over at that point in my life, I would have went to a different school and went for the RN program. but no looking back now... and to be honest I am considering the night RN program.
  14. by   sdfoie12
    New to this site, but this question is directed towards "Careerstudent", I'm prior military as well and very seriously taking the steps to complete my ADN through MCI, how are you still liking the program?