How much is an education worth? All my life, I've been told that nothing can take the place of a proper education. A medical education is even more priceless these days since there's a serious nurse shortage in this country. Nursing schools everywhere are flooded with hopefuls, trying their hand this exciting field. As we all know, instruction varies from school to school. But at some schools, there is little to no instruction. As a nursing student, I entered the classroom like the rest of my classmates: bright, cheery, fully expecting to be instructed by the best that there was. But my hopes, like so many others, were dashed and my experience left me feeling like this wasn't supposed to be; like I wasn't supposed to be here. Surely, I've learned so much. I know things that I'd have never learned otherwise, but at what cost? At the cost of backstabbing, "class-size control", and unfair accusations. My nursing class, which started in December, is one of the biggest the school has seen in some time. That's a good thing, right? Well, not to some of the administration around here. For them, twenty-seven is simply too big a number to instruct, too big a number to get clinical site for. Here's a prime example: My class wanted to see some medical exhibit, but we have been denied the privilege due to the fact that our class is just too big. So we should be penalized for not quitting or failing the program? I, for one, do not understand the problem with a large class size since the goal is to create as many successful nurses as needed. I just figure that the more people to pass the course, that's more people who will pass the boards. While I cannot insinuate that the staff is somehow in on getting rid of my fellow students to suit them, I (along with some of my classmates) have our suspicions. Throughout most of our first semester there was pretty much no instruction. Our "instructor" read from paraphrased powerpoints verbatim and never asked questions, or if we understood, or even turned around. Needless to say, we were teaching ourselves. If it hadn't been for study groups formed out of the kindness of others, I can honestly say that I would not be here right now. Now, then, we passed our tests and finals due to our instructor providing detailed test reviews. But near the end of our first semester, something interesting took place. Our instructor cut us off from the test reviews. Although she said that she would "wean us off of the test reviews a little bit at a time" because we should not expect such treatment in the future. What ended up happening is that we were told that 7 of us had to "remediate" (a word that went out of style decades ago) and that two failed out right. Once again, we had been misinformed. It turns out that the two who failed did not. Our wonderful instructor horribly miscalculated their grades. I only say horribly due to the fact that these individuals were told that they had both received 69% for their final grade, when it was in fact 75%! That's a difference of 6%! It may not seem like much, but when that small percentage change is the difference between continuing your nursing education and throwing away approx. $8500, it matters. Oh and that instructor, who didn't teach, messed up grades, and stated openly that there were people in the class she wanted to get rid of? She's still here. Wrongly instructing a brand new class. Recently, we (our class) is just about finished with the first semester, we have a different instructor, and we've already met our instructor for the next semester. Are things better? No. I am one of three people accused of cheating. I have been told that the instructor received a text message that there was something going on during the test. Of course the accusation is untrue as cheating is as far from my persona as Pluto is from the warmth of the sun. Here is the most ignorant part of the whole ordeal: one of the three students accused of cheating quit the program. The other student (besides me) was no where near enough to do anything. What happened? Well, I suspect, someone has a problem with me and the other two who are my best friends. As for what the staff is doing about it? Nothing at the moment. Nothing will probably ever be done. This facility is far more interested in getting as many people to sign up as possible so they can get more money. I will say now what I've been saying for the last three months: I should have finished my chemistry education in my university instead of taking a break to get into the medical field. So, if you're looking to become a nurse, try another school. Don't give your money to these sharks.