Graduation Year: 2016
"I urge anyone going into the nursing program here reconsider. If I can prevent what happened to me from happening to even just one other person, this post did its job. I wanted to return to school to 1)increase my earning ability 2) to pick a profession I was passionate about 3) to be a good role model for my daughters. one morning as I was getting ready to rush off to work in administrative office for medical billing for the Medical College of WI, I saw a commercial on TV about Bryant and Stratton. A woman about my age talking about how a degree in nursing changed her life; how she never thought it possible but with Bryant and Stratton it was possible! My first mistake was believing something I saw on TV. Bryant and Stratton is a private for-profit career college that targets working adults looking to earn a degree in their "free time" quickly. I fell into the trap. Now don't get me wrong every degree they offer here is very possible as long as you put in the hard work and follow the syllabus. I know this because the first degree I earned from this school was a medical assisting degree. I wired hard for it but my instructors were there for me every step of the way to see me succeed. I finished with a 3.6 GPA and numerous academic achievement awards. It was a confidence building experience. So much so that I turned around right after graduation and re-enrolled in the nursing program. However nursing is a different beast altogether. It's governed by its own faculty separate from the rest of the school, Evan the Dean is different than all the other programs. This is because to be accredited by the state board of nursing requires only nurses to teach and govern the program. Right from the start, the very first day I noticed a dramatic difference in the attitude that faculty had with students. It was an atmosphere of inadequacy and incompetence toward the students. Anyway, I knew I would have to work hard and I did. I quit my job to keep up with the demands of the reading, endless reading of many resources every week. I isolated my friends and extended family. I only talked to my husband and two daughters. My bills mounted because of my reduced hours. I knew however, that I was learning a lot. I had many challenges (a lot more than in the MA program) but that's to be expected, nursing is tough. With all my hard work, sleepless nights spent studying and challenging clinicals I made it to the end of the program. I was finally less than a week, just days away from graduation. I needed a very specific grade on my final exam to pass but I was so prepared to do just that. The day of the exam came and I waited on pins and needles for my score, I needed a 75.6 to pass the course I received a 75.2 I immediately called my instructor begging for her to give me extra credit or anything to bump me up the 4/10 of a percent I needed to graduate. She refused, she told me to have some integrity and stop fighting for a grade I didn't earn. It wasn't just that I failed, it was that I failed and was offered zero support of what I could do with more than 60 credits toward a nursing degree. You see once you're released from a nursing program no other college will not take you as a student. So now I'm $30k in debt without a degree, job and piles of unpaid bills from not working. It's the darkest place to be. On top of it I had worked so hard, I have never worked so hard and put my entire self into something before. My point is if I was going to fail, if I didn't have what it takes to be a nurse it should have been recognized at the beginning of the program not the very end. Two weeks later I heard from a friend that the way the final exam was graded was inconsistent. Each question was worth 3.33 points however some papers mine included was graded with 3.3 for each question, this may not seem like a big deal but it was huge for me because it meant I passed!!!! I got 57 questions correct so if I was graded 3.33 that would put me at 75.9. I brought this to the Dean's attention and she completely. She wouldn't hear it. I feel like they've decided I would make a bad nurse despite the fact that I scored 97% on the NCLEX predictor!!! Anyway, I didn't get into the constant changing of instructors, it's a very high turn around for faculty so the courses are constantly being changed. Very disorganized and many instructors with a chip on their shoulders toward students. I wish I had gone yia different school because I truly believe I would be a nurse right now."