ECPI University Reviews of Associates in Nursing

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  • Reviewed: 8/29/2021
  • Degree: Nursing
"Their RN program is designed for failure. I have not yet met a single person to graduate from it ( the Raleigh, NC campus) This school doesn’t promote an atmosphere of success rather the stereotype that female RN instructors must be (the B word). I’ve attended professional schools throughout my life and this school has shown me that you have to be only out for yourself. They do not promote being a good nurse but being a good test taker. When you have a starting class of 30 and a graduation class of 7 that should have been a red flag but like everyone we all think we’re different. People! When looking for a RN program, stop and think is a graduation class of 7 and 6 passing the NCLEX really a good school? If you fail you have to sit out 3 months before you can start again, so there goes the acceleration program. You’ve just extended your program 3 extra months. So just go to a school that has THE TIME to foster a good student RN. A school that has the TIME to see you as an individual not just a grade to turn into the board of nursing. A school that puts out more than 6 nurses a graduation. This program is a joke. They are not for your success although they want your money. Is the administration staff nice, Yes they are but they’re useless. They have nothing to add towards your success as a student. But a tissue to dry your eyes and some bs kind words to get you out of their office ( many of the best nurses fail) the only thing they will say is that same broken record.. it’s an accelerated program,, you shouldn’t work,, if you don’t feel like you’re teaching yourself your not doing a good job,, we care,, blah blah blah. Show me graduates! And more than 7! This should have screamed scam! The RN instructors mostly have NP’s and DNP’s but they’re so far removed from where we were as students that they were useless. They say they care but really they have a job and it’s only business to them. You’re their job weather you pass or fail. I was given 2 great pieces of advice from current students at the time. One, (run from this program, I’ve spent thousands of dollars and I’m repeating another class because of “1” point. ) And Two, ( don’t listen to Anything the instructors say while lecturing, tune them out and study your own devices and you’ll pass). While I am making the decision to go to a traditional program, I look around and see so many unhappy people, it’s heartbreaking and I hate to see people that I know are Never going to make it here keep wasting their time and lowering their self esteem with each blow. This school is a joke people. Really think long and hard. It’s my tenth term and I’m really considering leaving. I hate their grading system and their lack of care and compassion for students that will be the best nurses. But the selfie taking, no bill paying, no job having, privileged advance through. ( this is why nurses suck now! Ugh!) And to the people who choose to go to ECPI ( Raleigh, NC campus, I can not speak for other ECPI campuses) good luck and I wish you well. Just don’t waste too much of your time and money thinking your doing something quickly when believe me by time your done you’d wish you saved 40+thousand and went to a community college. It’s going to take the same time unfortunately. I guess they get you because they’re easier to get into. Again, that should tell you something. THINK PEOPLE!! Good luck. ECPI IM OUT!!"
  • Reviewed: 8/18/2021
  • Degree: Nursing
"Horrible place! Failed a class and have to wait 4 months! Ontop of that, in order to get back into the program, you must do remediations and quizzes during those 4 months even though you are not considered a student at the moment. Reason given from the DON is because "students who fail are not priority, so you have to wait until we have an open seat for the next class". Can't believe I was even told "if you can't even pass this class, how are you going to pass the next class?". I realized that at that moment, the school DOES NOT CARE about the students, just there for the money. Ontop of that, I failed because the instructor read off the presentation boards for the entire class time and when you ask the instructor for clarification or help, instructor can't even explain the answer or instructor says "I'll contact you when I know, I don't know right now", but never gets back to you! Even if you make a 78% you are a automatic fail. You must have 80% to pass the class. They also tried to have me pay $2500 just to repeat one class!!! Out of pocket as well!!! Don't go here. It's ridiculous. I wasted my time because of how horrible this nursing program was, it has discouraged me to go into the route of nursing. Even if you complain about an instructor not giving proper help, they still see you as the one at fault. Supposedly, it was "my fault for not understanding" even though I participated in tutoring, asked questions, and tried to ask for help. Waste of $35k. Don't go here. Even if you end up failing a class, you will either be waiting months just to retake the class or you will end up failing the class again and kicked out of the program AND can't even take the classes that you took at ecpi with you BECAUSE other schools don't accept them. Keep In mind that ecpi is only regionally accredited, which means, your limited to where places would want to hire you."
Nursing Student
  • Reviewed: 1/24/2021
  • Degree: Nursing
"This college lacks the staff and materials to run the RN program. This program began in 2020. They have set students up for failure, rather than for success. This school is EXPENSIVE and is inconsiderate of their students who attend. They provide you with information that they expect you to know, but do not provide you with the materials or guidance for you to be successful. The staff there is RUDE. The director mentioned how the nursing students were "second hand students who get pregnant when they are in high school". I have been humiliated by a NURSE in all aspects. She ruined my education experience and has broken me down to the point where I do not want to do Nursing. She ruined my career path by being rude to me during checkoff then failing me. Not only did she fail me, but she was very rude the entire time and did not let me finish. A nurse from Wake Tech Hospital came in the last week of class and mentioned how if we did not pass checkoff we would not pass the class. Mind you, they told us this the very last week of class. Not only did she fail me for not "passing a check-off" she humiliated me the entire time. She judged me in every aspect while I was doing it. She kept interrupting me while I was completing my checkoff. Not only was she interrupting me, but she kept huffing and puffing the entire time and nodding her head and pacing. She failed me for a checkoff while maintaining a B average in the class. I attempted to defend myself as I know I was not in the wrong, but they will always choose their staffing over their students since they lack staffing members at the facility. Although you may finish school fast, it is stressful. I was heading towards the right direction, but ECPI did not take me into consideration. They took my money and robbed me from an education. Not only did they fail me, but they mentioned that I would have to retake the course in 4 months! I suggest to whoever is reading this post. Do not commit the error that I did for attending ECPI. It is a waste of time, money, and energy. I suggest you to invest in your education elsewhere. Somewhere where they appreciate you and guide you to success."
Very Letdown Student
  • Reviewed: 1/18/2021
  • Degree: Nursing
"I was so happy to pass my TEAS and get into nursing school. It had long been a dream of mine. Things started out well, I did my pre-reqs and started regular classes. I knew it was an accelerated program but the amount of material that they cover in 5 weeks is insane. Tests on 13 chapters every week. It's crazy. There was zero consistency in leadership. Teachers came and went so fast. A new DON was brought in who could care less about students. We were never informed about any changes in staffing. Teachers were there and then they were gone. Terrible communication. The new DON started at the ECPI campus in Richmond in the middle of the term. She decided that grades and the amount of quizzes we were taking weren't enough and was worried that if the state came and inspected things the school might get into trouble. So rather than be honest, she added quizzes and gave students 0's so it would look better for her without telling students. This brought GPA's down and some people ended up not passing the class. I was fortunate enough to have a high enough grade in the class so that when she started changing grades I didn't fall so far that I didn't pass. You don't tell a student what is expected of them at the beginning of the class then come in at the end and change everything. Talk about UNETHICAL and DISHONEST! The DON never returned calls or emails. She would treat you like you were a bother. You would get your class schedule literally a day before classes started. Sometimes they weren't even ready then. It's ridiculous that there isn't enough organization to get the schedules done in a timely manner. I felt like I was always being treated like a second class citizen. Online classes were a joke. The teachers just read from power points for 5 hours. Due to the reputation the DON got, hardly any hospitals would allow us to be there for clinicals. The equipment in the SIM labs was very inadequate or not even there. A lot of the hands on information you need to learn never got taught to students. I was asked to give a shot to a patient in a clinical setting and I had no idea how to do it. There's no reason why anyone should go into a clinical setting and not have the basic nursing skills needed. They were just never taught. We were constantly having to do care plans even though you will never, ever do one on paper in the real world. I understand learning how to do them and doing some but we we constantly having to do them rather than doing more beneficial things. We had projects/papers to do that were a complete waste of time when you are in an accelerated program. There were constant changes to the handbook and you pretty much had no choice but to sign them. Then the grading of tests changed. You overall grade in the class could be passing but if you didn't get a combined test score of 80 you failed. I saw several instances of outright cheating by fellow students, reported this and nothing happened to them. They passed the classes and moved on. This school cares about your money and that's about it. The sad part is that they don't take more of this money that they get from students and put it back into the programs. I would never recommend this program to anyone. It was a HUGE waste of time and money. Please, please consider another school. What you need to know to be a good RN you will never learn here."
Disgusted student
  • Reviewed: 12/10/2020
  • Degree: Nursing
"I can’t believe ecpi is allowed to remain open. This school is a joke!! I would not recommend this school to anyone. They talk to you like you are nothing, don’t answer questions and when you do ask questions you are treated as you are dumb and answered sarcastically. If the head is out of order in any program it will not be successful and the head is definitely out of order. Now all of the instructors aren’t bad but majority are there fir a paycheck not concerned about the students at all. I am disgusted with this nursing program and it almost had some students contemplating if they even wanted to pursue their career as a nurse or not. Dreams and expectations of nursing experiences have been crushed and for instructors to be ok with how they treat students is not ok. I pray you pray before considering this school believe me when I say your prayer will not lead you here it will not lead you here. I’m in disbelief and can’t believe they are still operating under these conditions something has to be done!!! UNFAIR"
  • Reviewed: 10/22/2020
  • Degree: Nursing
"Do not waste your time and money at the school. The teachers don’t actually teach they read from a textbook you are not given a study guide and you have to self teach. You were never allowed to see your test that you have taken to see what answers you have gotten wrong. I feel like the test are set up so that you fail and you have to repeat the class again."
  • Reviewed: 7/29/2020
  • Degree: Nursing
"Avoid this school at all costs. I read warnings about it being a diploma mill and I still attended it. Do not make the same mistake I did. Your health and wallet will be better off for it. I can hardly begin to describe some of the absolute horrors that I and my classmates witnessed here. It started like you would expect any school experience to start. Everyone had high hopes for their future and was eager to learn everything the classes had to offer. When we had our first clinical experience, it became clear we were not attending them for the purpose of education. The nursing home we were sent to has over 270 pages of health code violations. Two students walked in on a man suffocating a patient with a pillow. An MA would spray residents in the face with disinfectant. We were forced to bathe patients using old pillow cases. Staff would disappear entirely and leave only the students with a couple of months of classroom knowledge and no medical experience to care for patients, even in emergency situations. ECPI continues to send students to that nursing home, which changes its name each year to avoid being closed. Rather than practice skilled nursing or learn anything, we were there to be unpaid CNAs for 12 hours twice a week. But that was only the first red flag of what was to come out of this school. Students aren't allowed sick days (totaling over 19.9% or precisely one day), which means for the majority of our classes, our entire class was sick since everyone had to come to school regardless of symptoms, even immediately following ER visits. This is difficult and grueling under normal circumstances. When the pandemic hit and nothing about our school changed in response, it became dangerous and in some cases, life-threatening. I often expressed concerns to my clinical instructors about the strange, unforgiving nature of the handbook. One replied that the school had to ensure that every student, or at least a majority failed at least one class and reenroll, so that the DON looked good for retention. When I frowned at that, she told me, "It's a business, darling." When a classmate took a leave of absence to celebrate her anniversary, she was told she could reenroll in three months when the class she would need came back around. She was denied reentry, but wasn't told why. After six months, she tried again and was, again, denied reentry. Unsatisfied with not knowing why, her husband came with her and demanded to get to the bottom of it. When reviewing everything, the school told her that she would never get back into the program because she failed Concepts II. She had never taken that class. Despite jumping through all of the LOA hoops demanded, the school continued to charge her for tuition for classes that she never attended. Worst of all, the teacher for that class had marked that she attended every single day of class and simply put a 0 in for every assignment, lowering her GPA further than anyone who had actually failed a class. The school blamed the student for the incident. After the pandemic began spreading, students started to feel unsafe attending clinicals at the hospital. No changes were made to the student handbook until the governor issued an executive order banning nursing students from hospitals. A classmate had treated a patient who tested positive for COVID-19 with no PPE and continued to come to class with all of us. She later had to quarantine, but the school casually swept it under the rug and didn't inform any of the class or staff that it had happened and that all of us had been exposed. ECPI scrambled to make some kind of online education program in just a few days. The only IT on campus apparently quit and the school took an entire term to figure out how they could administer tests without letting students cheat. We were no longer receiving the education we paid for, if we ever were. Lecture became teachers reading off slides and losing internet connection or being unable to access their own class rooms. Clinical was at least a redeeming quality as it consisted of a virtual simulation that functioned similar to a flash game that required you to care for a virtual patient. This was when I first contacted the DON personally. I kept my head down through most of the program, but the rocky transition to online left a lot to be desired. When a teacher changed the grading metric used for a single test and only for our class, I immediately contested it. Why should I take a 70, when every other class in the school was given a 90 for my score on the same test. I called to ask "Why am I (and my class) being graded on a different metric than the rest of the program?" The DON, Robin Bell, dismissed my concerns and went so far as to say my questions were pointless because "you didn't pass, did you?" She continued to scream over me when I tried to answer, "you didn't pass, so it doesn't matter! Nothing you say matters!" I was completely floored. I had never spoken to someone so unprofessional and unable to answer a simple question. I never spoke to her again without recording the conversation. I passed the course and continued in the program after that, despite my first failing test grade. Next, the school attempted to reopen as fast as possible. They ignored all executive orders and packed over 100 people in the building the first day I came back to campus. I expressed concerns to the administration over the reopening. I told the campus president that reopening as cases spiked seemed hasty and I noticed that the school hadn't changed the policy on sick days. They also wanted every student to sign a liability waiver saying they wouldn't be responsible if a student caught COVID-19 and died as a result of their reopening. I explained that every single student in the school came to class sick because the handbook said they had to and no pandemic would stop that, because most of them were already paying $50,000 to be there for the year. He gave me a very canned response, saying student health and safety were his top priority. He then directed the rest of my questions to Robbin Bell. I decided that was his way of saying to drop the subject. As expected, about three weeks after campus reopened, the secretary in the front office tested positive for COVID-19 after personally screening every student who came through the front door. Students were not informed of this. To this day, they haven't been told that the school put them in direct contact with COVID-19. The state issued a waiver on clinical hour requirements for RN students to prevent the spread of disease. Despite this, ECPI has reopened its clinical sites in hospitals. A student who had just finished chemotherapy and was concerned for her personal safety reached out to the clinical instructor. She was informed that the floor they were sending students to was a COVID-19 overflow unit. The hospital waiver stated the school would be required to provide PPE for the students, however, upon arriving at the clinical site, none was provided. ECPI continues to send innocent students with no PPE to dangerous clinical sites with no remorse. They know that their students getting sick is the best possible outcome for them. The global pandemic is the best thing to ever happen for ECPI-VAB because all of the students they force to get sick for clinical hours that they don't need will have to pay for the term again, if they live through the pandemic. Absolutely sickening school. Glad to be gone, but I feel so bad for the students that must continue to suffer there."
  • Reviewed: 6/14/2020
  • Degree: Nursing
"This school is so inconsistent with their grading rubric. You have some really nice teachers who are amazing nurses and who are passionate about teaching but you mostly get teachers that are there for the paycheck with minimum input, help and don’t care whether you are successful or not. During my time here they changed that we are required to get a Level 2 on ATI which is understandable because it is the NCLEX indicator. Then they changed it so we have to get an 80 test average. Every other school around us requires a 75, as long as you pass the class with an 80. I figure too many people were passing and they want their money from when you have to retake the course. Now because of COVID-19 we have gone online for classes. At least 7 people failed in the last class (Leadership). I was almost at a level 3 on ATI, yet I didn’t pass the class because the teacher literally reads the book to you. Everyone bombed the first test and the teacher had so much background noise and her smoke detector kept beeping and her dog was barking. She would only actively engage with the class if she seen that the DON was eavesdropping. The last class who took her class in-person had a lot of people fail too. You would think that because not everyone learns best online they would waive the 80 test average and keep the 80 class average for passing but they don’t care at all about you. Even when the world needs nurses now, more than ever. So tell me why I passed the ATI with an amazing score, but failed the class? Because the teacher. Thank you, that is all. Avoid ECPI!!!"
Shonn Anderson
  • Reviewed: 4/17/2020
  • Degree: Nursing
"Everything started out great during the admission and interview process at the Virginia Beach campus at Medical Career Institute. I was in the practical nursing program and everything was a disaster immediately within the first 3 weeks. Everything is completely rushed in the program with every block being 5 weeks. Our A&P1 lecture by week 3 was around chapter 3 and 4 while the lab instructor was teaching us things into chapters 10 and 11. The entire class would ask questions about material and we were given one answer by the instructor (Van Dyke) was study study you should know this already. This issue went beyond the instructor level to the administration level but nothing was changed. Bottom line is this place is a cash cow, education for hire facility. Look at the low graduation rates and cost. If you are a veteran like me, please go to your local community college or state university and go to school. ECPI was a complete was of time for myself and many others. I should have listened to my gut after reading so many similar reviews."
  • Reviewed: 2/20/2020
  • Degree: Nursing
"The director at the Richmond location in my opinion, have been placed here to completely turn the nursing program upside down. I say this because of level of the ATI's you are required to have after each class, If this is a requirement for the students then in all fairness the directors or teachers teaching the class should be held accountable to teach the ATI'S during the semester, this would help the student be more prepared in taking this exam. Don't offer them tutoring after the fact. That's doing an injustice to the students who's paying tuition , which is paying their salaries to teach . So, I feel if you want the school to be successful to assure years of success, then stop getting over by not teaching the ATI'S during class room time and acting like you're all for the students and just offer tutoring !! If you're making the students accountable, then you need to hold the teachers accountable and incorporate the Ati's throughout the class! If no changes aren't made soon I'm thinking about calling channel 12 on your side and letting them know all the B--- , ---t this school is putting their students through. P.S. I hope the Director of this program sees this review."
  • Reviewed: 12/20/2019
  • Degree: Nursing
"Stay FAR AWAY from ECPI-Roanoke. Some of the instructors are incompetent, unprofessional, and down right lazy. They lack passion for teaching and nursing, and trust me your grades and overall experience will be greatly affected by this! It’s a trap!!"
  • Reviewed: 2/2/2018
  • Degree: Nursing
"In my opinion, ECPI was good. The RN program was rigorous but that is expected with an accelerated program. They didn't sugar coat anything during orientation, they flat out told you Luke it would be. Time consuming, 5 weeks for every class. It is legit hard by rewarding afterwards. The only people who complain about the program are those who didn't finish because they thought it would be a breeze type of degree. I kind of enjoyed my time there. A classmate of mine started together and finished together because we helped each other STUDY EVERY NIGHT, and she had a newborn when she first started. We never repeated a class, and we never gave up when it was hard. Yes, you have to pass with an 80, but it is doable if you study. That's the key to passing, STUDYING. Some of the clinical professors were not the best but you make do md ignore them while at clinical. Stay with your nurse you're assigned to, and just get your work done. Credits transfer to universities after you've completed the RN program, it still helps you obtain your BSN. So overall, Id recommend ECPI. Yes its pricey, but its a faster way to get your degree. Just study, do your work, and focus on the end goal. I got so many job offers before I even graduated, and some in specialty areas such as ICU and L&D. They don't look at your school you attended, just that you passed your NCLEX and you have an RN license."
  • Reviewed: 4/6/2017
  • Degree: Nursing
"Expectations were never met, and the amount of money for the program is outrageous compared several other colleges. Unprepared, unprofessional, uncoordinated, unorganized and in all not a good experience. Save your time and money and choose any other school."
  • Reviewed: 1/20/2017
  • Degree: Nursing
"STAY AWAY FROM THIS SCHOOL . This school takes advantage of Veterans and their 911 bill and GI bill . This school has lost its accreditation from the government on multiple times . Promises of quick education is not worth all the hoops u have to jump through. DO some more research if u plan to attend this school ."
Jessica Campbell
  • Reviewed: 11/26/2016
  • Degree: Nursing
"The administration in our degree program was lacking, the department head changed several times during my attendance with ECPI. It certainly felt like the department heads had a vendetta against those of us trying to obtain our degree to the point they were trying to fail us and slipped in tricks every step of the way. While I'd like to say attending ECPI was the "Best decision I ever made", I can't say it with 100% certainty. I had many instructors both in class and in the clinical setting that were awesome overall it wasn't the case. Those that made the difference & helped without a hidden agenda were great and I can't thank them enough. The slippery slope that others followed wasn't helpful in any nature and I will never forget the bitter taste it left in my mouth. I wish I'd have chosen a different school where everyone was there to help and not only thinking about their overall numbers with the Board of Nursing. In the end we all showed them they had the wrong idea the entire time. I'm glad to be out of there and working in the nursing profession thus learning what I feel is needed and not gained during my education."
Elizabeth H
  • Reviewed: 12/3/2015
  • Degree: Nursing
"I went to ECPI and have first hand experience that if you take your education seriously you should look elsewhere. They are incredibly unorganized and at my time of attendance were close to losing their accredidation. It was obvious by the way they were losing teachers so quickly. There were teachers that were hired a day before our class started and we spent a month reading a pre made slide for the class. They take forever to return your calls and emails and are not very helpful once you do get ahold of them. It was an all around terrible experience and the students spent the majority of their time there complaining. I was not alone in how I felt towards ECPI.. Save your money and look elsewhere where you will be treated better."
Illegal actions
  • Reviewed: 11/16/2015
  • Degree: Nursing
"School changes curriculum and grading scale almost every day without notice. Instructors just kill you with power point. Do not ask a question. The DON is very incompetent and demeaning. They changed the Kaplan exit exam score then when students passed the test they wouldn't pay their nursing fee unless they took it again because they had a leak in their system. People loans and government funds paid this school and they can just take people money. Little to they know they all are going down including the program. Some people you just screw over."
Much Disappoint
  • Reviewed: 10/12/2015
  • Degree: Nursing
"Was exceedingly simple to get in, and very quick, also. I should have read reviews, and my experience with ECPI was great until I switched to the RN program. I was impressed with the classes, even though most classes are taught with power points. I changed programs from Massage to RN and it was great, at first. They start off with non-nursing classes, which was just up my alley since I love science, logic, and grades reflecting understanding. The first nursing concepts class was an unguided joke, led by a mostly sarcastic non-teacher. I'll warn you, she didn't even show us non-nursing background students how to take a simple blood pressure. Constant Prep-U's, loads of worthless classroom time, and a quick explanation of everything possible provided no help for me in the struggle I had. Since I wasn't being taught, Youtube was what helped me find a blood pressure. That is the only class I have failed. Took it again. Failed it again. No remorse from the staff, as "the teachers here can't teach everything."--DON, in meeting with Dean, DON, and Assistant DON. I would be VERY cautious when choosing the only available night RN program in the area. It is the only one, but there are MANY online, appropriately labeled Bridge programs that would provide powerpoints and fast tracks, which is their business model."
Worst school EVER
  • Reviewed: 5/14/2015
  • Degree: Nursing
"Horrible school to attend, if you can deal with constant rule changing than this is the place for you. Grading scales would be changed hours prior to tests. I attended the 18 month program and the handbook rules changed 3 times while I was there, not to mention the rules only applied to SOME students and never applied to the staff. The DON is worthless!!! She knows absolutely NOTHING! However the teachers are great, and that is the only thing that kept me here to finish my degree."
  • Reviewed: 2/5/2015
  • Degree: Nursing
"So many people here to complain, as you can tell, some of them seem to need to go back to English class from high school! But that's the typical bunch that come and never finish the program at ECPI/MCI. I personally had a good experience. I did the work, kept up with the demand of the five week program and the result is I came out with an amazing career in registered nursing and have laid the foundation to my career to start building upon all the while, I have this school to thank. Not every single learning experience is the same, I get that, but I sat through the same classes as most of these people complaining about did. My biggest complaint is about the people that come in there wanting their hands held through the program; allow me to be clear, if you are a slower learner, this program is NOT for you. It is what it is. If you decide to take that step and do the work than congratulations, you are not going to have a life for awhile and it's going to suck but I am here as a witness that it is well worth your efforts. Best overall advice I heard about this program is be realistic about your learning style."