ECPI University Reviews - Associate in Nursing
Review of Nursing Associate Degrees
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.
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.
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 .
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
BEWARE! This school is terrible!! The quality of learning is terrible, the teachers sadly don't even know what they are supposed to be teaching. Don't get me started on the Dean and the nursing director!! They are incompetent and tell you whatever you want to hear so that you will leave them alone until the next problem shows up. The financial aid office is terrible! The head of financial aid has the worse attitude problem and is not helpful at all. They just give you a bunch of numbers and tell you what you need to pay without explaining anything about where that amount comes from. Such a disappointment and waste of my well earned money!!!