Since: Oct 09

Pikeville

#64 Dec 29, 2009
when do you sign up for the next term?
RNMSN

Huntsville, AL

#66 Dec 29, 2009
Nursing School is very difficult, for a good reason. RN's not only deliver care to patients, but must also coordinate care provided by others in related fields. Ultimately it is the RN's responsibility to insure the safety of their patient, so if the MD writes a bad order, the RN must know that it isn't right and protect the patient. If the pharmacy makes a mistake, the RN must recognize it as such and protect the patient. "I was just following orders" is not a valid defense in a court of law.
The State Board of Nursing regulates the rquirements for obtaining a RN license. One of those requirements is the applicant must have graduated from an accredited School of Nursing before they will be allowed to take the NCLEX exam.
Some Schools are more prestigious than others and local institutions generally have preferences. It depends on what your aspirations are after school. If you want to stay local, and have no desire to advance, it may not matter which school you attend. If you want to expand your horizon, and go farther than just a RN license will take you, then your choice of school will certainly have a significant impact on your ability to do so.
One thing you must realize if you plan on attending Nursing School and hope to be successful: It is very nearly impossible to work or maintain a social life while in Nursing School.
I wish you the best of luck in your endeavors.
National Nursing Student

United States

#67 Dec 29, 2009
I am in the 3rd Nursing Class at National College. If anyone is claiming that they have graduated from there with a ADN (Associates Degree of Nursing) they they are LYING!!! The first class graduates in November 2010!! It IS an accrediated program and a wonderful one at that! I have attended Pikeville College as well as Big Sandy and I dropped out and enrolled at National. The program must be accrediated before you can sit for the NCLEX. The tuition is a little more expensive because it is a private college and yes their credits don't transfer some places (for the same reason). PC's credits don't always transfer either because they are private as well. They accept 20-25 students a term (spring and fall) and that is it! You must take the HESI entrance exam and pass an interview in order to be accepted. The classes are small and personal, you go 2 years with the same people and the same classes. The teachers are all very experienced RN's or are ARNP. It is a wonderful program and a wonderful experience.
Newly Accepted Student

Jackson, KY

#68 Dec 29, 2009
I am so mad after reading some of the posts about National College! It doesn't matter what program you enroll in or where you go some jack ass is going to make up some god awful bull crap about a newly started program. If you ask me the smaller the class size the better education you will get. I have been trying to get into National's Nursing Program for a Year now and yes i do personally know the instructors and have for years, so you can't tell me it is who you know. They are honest people and are going strictly by the rules. If you applied to the program and haven't gotten in after several attempts there is no need to talk bad about the school, just keep trying and work hard at it and you will get in. Believe me, i have tried for years to get into Nursing but have either failed the tests, or for personal reasons I had to stop trying for awhile, but i did almost give up and my wonderful daugher-in-law had enough confidence in me to pay for me to take the Hesi one more time and I finally did it and got accepted. Now i am keeping my fingers crossed and plan on being there for her when it is her turn to take the exam again.

Since: Oct 09

Pikeville

#69 Dec 29, 2009
us the hesi exam really hard? what kind of math is on it?
Concerned

United States

#70 Dec 29, 2009
Apparently you dont know squat about anything you are talking about. The program accepts new students based on three factors- HESI (50%) GPA(25%), and interview(25%). So yes, person B could easily get it over person A if they blow the interview out of the water, and person A would not get in if their interview was awful which I am assuming is what happened to you. You sound like another huffy student who didnt make the program this time- with the attitude you have and the language you use, I can see why. You are definitely not nursing material.
haha wrote:
Apparently, you have to know someone or suck some d!ck to get accepted into National's Nursing Program. Here's an example. Person A has a 4.0 and scores a 90 on the Hessey test. Person B has a 3.8 and scores a 82 on the Hessey. Person B makes it in, Person A doesn't. Explain to me how this works? National sucks because it's all based on who you know and who you blow.
Concerned

United States

#71 Dec 29, 2009
Well, I can tell this is a girl. There are actually a lot of guys admitted to the nursing program too. Wonder who they knew? For your information some of the students who were accepted were new students and how do you know who the other candidates know that could help get them in the program. I know this is definitely not true (for a fact). Please humor me.
haha wrote:
<quoted text>
I don't think it carries enough weight to make up for the huge Hesi score difference. I know I had a good interview. My parents doesn't know anyone there like some of the other girls that got in there.
nursingstudent

Clay City, KY

#72 Dec 30, 2009
haha wrote:
<quoted text>
I don't think it carries enough weight to make up for the huge Hesi score difference. I know I had a good interview. My parents doesn't know anyone there like some of the other girls that got in there.
My parents don't know anyone there either and I am in the program. I did not know anyone there before I got accepted. Even though you think your interview was good there were some that was obviously better. There were 100 and some people who applied, I'm sure it was very hard to pick the ones they did pick. Try again next time, not everyone gets in the first time.
third time a charm

United States

#73 Dec 30, 2009
I finally got accepted this time in the nursing program. I have applied 3xs, and I have understood each time I was not accepted .The first being my hesi score, next I did not have a college transcript so they had to go by my hs transcripts which were more than embarrassing lol, so yes they are many factors that can hinder your chances. But if you really want it keep trying.

Since: Mar 09

Pikeville, KY

#74 Dec 30, 2009
Just to clairfy the whole "they aren't an accredited college" thing...I just applied with KBN (KY Board of Nursing) and it sends you to Pearson Vue to apply for the NCLEX. After typing in Pikeville, KY the two colleges that popped up as a choice were Pikeville College and National College. So that settles it. It is accredited.
Current Nursing Student

Gilman, WI

#75 Dec 31, 2009
Thank God there are people out there with a brain.. I would recommend the program only if you have the time and commitment to stick with it... Regardless of what all of these idiots say who dont know anything I have been through it I can tell you it is a very difficult program, or should I say im going through it the only reason there is anything on here about us is were new and we are competition..They can talk trash about out staff but it is like this at least 2 of out instructors have masters in nursing, and our other insrtuctor was actually an instructor for Pikeville College.. If you are thinking about switching do it...Its a much easier enviroment to learn in we start out with 25 students instead of 50... The instructors know you it is much easier to ask a question when your not just a face in the crowd... If you have any other questions just ask...
Current Nursing Student

Gilman, WI

#76 Dec 31, 2009
aab200 wrote:
Just to clairfy the whole "they aren't an accredited college" thing...I just applied with KBN (KY Board of Nursing) and it sends you to Pearson Vue to apply for the NCLEX. After typing in Pikeville, KY the two colleges that popped up as a choice were Pikeville College and National College. So that settles it. It is accredited.
Thank you this has went on far to long !!!
kory

Richmond, KY

#77 Dec 31, 2009
Current Nursing Student wrote:
<quoted text>Thank you this has went on far to long !!!
toot toot you suck another one in ....
Current Nursing Student

Gilman, WI

#78 Dec 31, 2009
kory wrote:
<quoted text>
toot toot you suck another one in ....
The KBN does not lie (toot toot what are you 5)
New Student

Phelps, KY

#79 Dec 31, 2009
I had researched the school and found out the RN program is accredited. The instructors are very well educated and have wonderful degrees in nursing. They also used to be the nursing educators at the local hospital. I know noone at this school. I walked in and got a chance to take the HESI. I scored very high, had a 4.0 gpa and I felt I did great on the interview. I was accepted into the program. I know nooone!

Since: Mar 09

Pikeville, KY

#80 Dec 31, 2009
I do agree to go to National, just because I really disliked Pikeville College Nursing Program. But Pikeville program doens't start with 50, it starts with no more than 30.
Kathy Damron 2322

Elkhorn City, KY

#81 Dec 31, 2009
Go to another university or college for nursing. Midway has an excellent program. Stay away from the Eastern Kentucky programs. They are very poor programs.
Nicole Hall

Ransom, KY

#82 Jan 1, 2010
I have been @ National for 3 years. I'm finishing up a double major Business Admin and Computer App Technology. As with any school you get out of National what you put into it. In what time I have been there drastic changes have taken place. While I have clashed head on with the Dean Tammy Riley, I will be the first to say her first priority is to better the school. The quality of education you get is dependent upon you. National caters to the non-traditional student and really bends over backwards to accommodate all students. As for using my degree I have not yet graduated and the knowledge that I have gained at National is directly responsible for my current job. I have gained the knowledge and skills to land a job where I was able to "set" my rate of pay. Simply because I knew what I could offer my employer. In addition to that after only 2 months I have been given a promotion and a raise. As for cost any college is expensive, I first applied to Southern and the cost for Southern and National was only off a few thousand dollars, however the advantages like lifetime job placement assistance and update training made me choose National.
nursingstudent

Clay City, KY

#83 Jan 1, 2010
Kathy Damron 2322 wrote:
Go to another university or college for nursing. Midway has an excellent program. Stay away from the Eastern Kentucky programs. They are very poor programs.
Attending Midway or a university is fine if your fresh out of high school or have nothing keeping you here. For some of us we already have spouses, children and jobs....we can't just pick up and go wherever we please. National understands that. They offer the evening classes for those that work during the day. I disagree...Eastern Kentucky programs are not poor programs. As a reminder, National College nursing graduates will take and pass the same state boards that Midway nursing graduates take.
Concerned

United States

#84 Jan 1, 2010
I think you could only call them "very poor programs" if you actually attended them. Did you attend? Then what are you basing your description of "poor" programs on? It's people like you who are uneducated as to what's actually involved in these programs that gets these negative comments started. Why not skip to another post that you actually know something about.
Kathy Damron 2322 wrote:
Go to another university or college for nursing. Midway has an excellent program. Stay away from the Eastern Kentucky programs. They are very poor programs.

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