In defense of TCC, I just graduated, and while I have issues with some of the second year instructors, it was a good experience overall. Sentara is as good as TCC in different ways. The Sentara students do get more clinical experience, and have more required prerequisites to complete. There are pros and cons to both programs. I opted to go with TCC so I could receive an Associates Degree instead of a diploma. I did feel that while I may not have gotten as many days in clinicals as Sentara students, our instructors made an effort to prepare us in ALL aspects of nursing care, including skills, teaching, care plans
, etc. I cannot speak for the Sentara program, since I did not attend the school, but I would say that although the curriculum may be different, it all equals out in the end. I feel prepared to go into the workplace and be a competent new graduate nurse. Anywhere you decide to go, remember that you are in a profession where you will always be learning. Your education does not stop when you graduate.