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Concorde Career College - Aurora is the nursing school of last resort for anyone in the Denver Metro Area. The school has consistently had a poor first time NCLEX passing rate. While attending, Concorde, I learned the nursing school had lost the full approval of the Colorado Board of Nursing in June of 2015 and was placed on conditional approval. The nursing school did not have nursing accreditation from the Accreditation Commission For Education in Nursing (ACEN). Many if not all hospitals require an applicant to be a graduate of a school with either ACEN or CCNE accreditation. ACCREDITATION MATTERS!!! Concorde Career College - Aurora is in candidacy for accreditation with ACEN and if they get their first time NCLEX passing rate up and make the corrections required of ACEN they should get accredited. The classroom instructors are OUTSTANDING! Second to none. However, clinical sights are poor. Very few hospital clinical sites are available. I do not feel that my clinical experience afforded me by Concorde Career College - Aurora had adequately prepared me for my first nursing job. Most of our clinical instructors were agency nurses as the college is unable to keep enough nursing instructors on staff for the college's instructors to supervise our clinical experience. Concorde Career College is a for-profit school. There is nothing wrong with making a profit. However, Concorde will squeeze every last penny out of its students it can. Supplying students with uniforms that can only be purchased from the school. Selling students textbooks at full retail price and charging a handling fee on top of that. The same textbooks can be purchased from Amazon or other retailers for considerably less. Several of the texts that the school used were the previous edition as a newer edition was available. Again, several texts that we were required to have we never used and were told that they were for reference. We never referenced them, or there were better resources to use as references. Lastly, the school was going to online-based classes for general education courses. I was fortunate enough to be able to take my general education classes on campus. Courses like Chemistry, College Algebra, and Microbiology should NOT be taken online in my humble opinion. I did pass the NCLEX on my first attempt. However, I am having difficulty obtaining employment in a hospital due to Concorde Career College's School of Nursing not being accredited. Until Concorde's program receives accreditation, I can not recommend the program. I believe that since the Colorado BON has moved the status of the school to conditional, it may lose its approval to teach nursing if they do not receive accreditation by June 2017.
I sit in class for 30-45 minutes till the instructor finally decides to start teaching, but we get in trouble if we're 10 minutes late. The director is rarely here and when he is, he does a horrible job at making mends meet. I don't suggest this school if you're going for DA. It's a waste of time and money.
I WAS SOMEWHAT PLEASED WITH THE TYPE OF INSTRUCTION. IT IS AN ACCELERATED PROGRAM SO CONSTANTLY DOING HOMEWORK IS A MUST. MAINTAINING A 4.0 G.P.A. AVERAGE REQUIRES REPETITION. MY PROGRAM WAS 3 MODS. LONG. EACH APPROXIMATELY 3 MONTHS LONG. AFTER THAT A 120 HOUR EXTERNSHIP PROGRAM IS REQUIRED.I LOVED THE FORMAT AND THE INSTRUCTORS WERE GREAT. MY PROBLEM WAS THE HOSPITAL THAT I EXTERN FROM ALL THE EMPLOYEES GAVE ME A RECOMMENDATION FOR EMPLOYMENT AND ALLOWED ME TO DO FREE LABOR FOR THEM. WHEN I HAD MY INTERVIEW THE HOSPITAL DENIED ME EMPLOYMENT BECAUSE I HAD A PRIOR MISDEMEANOR CHARGE AND THIS WAS TOLD TO THEM BEFORE I APPLIED FOR EXTERNSHIP. SO THEY NEW THIS . I HAVE GONE THROUGH THIS SEVERAL TIMES THEREFORE NEVER FINDING EMPLOYMENT. I AM STUCK WITH THIS LOAN REPAYMENT BILL.I FEEL THIS IS FALSE ADVERTISEMENT MIXED WITH DECEPTION..IF THERE IS ANY AGENCY THAT MAY AID WITH REPAYMENT. PLEASE CONTACT ME.
The terms on which I would recommend this school are very circumstantial. I was in a position where I didn't have a very reliable means of transportation, and I had rent and bills to pay, so the half days at one campus worked better for my schedule than full days at multiple campuses (which is the option for my local community college). Please keep in mind that this is an accelerated program, and it is also a "for profit" school. If you withdraw or fail, you will still have to pay back your loans. Also, you are going to be crammed with information (about 2-4 chapters a week) in the course of 8 months. The majority of what is taught is very much on you to retain. The class sizes aren't as small as they say they are because you are joined with another class that has been there for 1 month longer, and your class will be joined by a new class 1 month later. Most of what I learned solidly was on my externship. If you do not study and do your homework, you will not get very good grades, but as long as you study and do your homework, pulling a 4.0 is easy. Also, your credits will not transfer if you want to continue your college education. Basically, it's not a bird course, so don't expect to just fly through this 8 month program. If you don't put in your time by studying and practicing and taking it seriously, and being professional to your peers, then no, you're not going to get a job. I attribute my hard work to my success coupled with this program, but there is definitely room for improvement. Also bear in mind that Concorde is accredited by the AAMA, which is the most prestigious certification for medical assistants. Many schools do not offer this anymore, but, again, a lot of the studying is on you to prepare for that exam.
I'm attending the RN program at Concorde Career College in Memphis. This is a fast paced program and you need to be very dedicated to be successful. I would most definitely recommend this program to other. I believe currently it is an 18 month program which includes general education classes required. This school also has a contract with Christian Brothers if you desire to obtain for BSN. The teaching staff is very knowledgeable in their field. My only negatives are that schedules change slightly. And some of the clinicals sites are up to 100 miles away. These are all things that can be dealt with if Nursing is where you really want to be. This program is good for older adults who feel like they do not have several more years to spend at a traditional college.
Great School! Very hands on! Instructions are very professional and help you with whatever is needed. The staff in general is always there for a helping hand and don't want to see you fail. My rep is R. J. He is by far the best rep in the school!
I wouldn't recommend any one to attend this facility it's beyond unorganized and they only want your money. for Dental assisting you can easily just go into a office with no experience and apply. nothing your taught in class is utilized in the real office any way! you get $9-$11 an hour paying $16,000 to the school is not worth this!
I feel like I learned how to make something of myself here. I've learned a lot and I've learned how to make a career in something I enjoy doing. Enrolling was one of the best decisions I've ever made and I would highly recommend anyone to go here is they want to be successful and to meet great people that only want the best for you.
By far the best school I have ever seen for healthcare. Absolutely love my experience here!! I would recommend to anybody seeking professional training to come check out this school. I have attended another institute and it was not well organized here at Concorde you will never have to worry about not being helped or having adequate staff to help you on your journey to success.
Everyone there is so helpful and willing to teach you whatever you need to know in order to be successful! The instructors don't just rush through the lessons they make sure you understand all the skills you need to know. Also The building is very clean and well organized. I recommend this school to anyone!