ECPI University Reviews - Associate in Nursing

1.65 out of 5 stars
(18 Reviews)
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  • Annual Tuition: $16,039
43% of 18 students said this degree improved their career prospects
11% of 18 students said they would recommend this program to others
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Student & Graduate Reviews

1.0 out of 5 stars
Very Letdown Student - 1/18/2021
Degree: Nursing
Graduation Year: 2021
"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."
1.0 out of 5 stars
Disgusted student - 12/10/2020
Degree: Nursing
Graduation Year: 2021
"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"
1.1 out of 5 stars
Courtney - 10/22/2020
Degree: Nursing
Graduation Year: 2022
"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."
1.7 out of 5 stars
Danny - 7/29/2020
Degree: Nursing
Graduation Year: 2020
"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."
2.7 out of 5 stars
Pissedoff - 6/14/2020
Degree: Nursing
Graduation Year: 2020
"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!!!"
1.3 out of 5 stars
Shonn Anderson - 4/17/2020
Degree: Nursing
Graduation Year: 2021
"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."
2.6 out of 5 stars
Sabrina - 2/20/2020
Degree: Nursing
Graduation Year: 2020
"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."
1.0 out of 5 stars
M - 12/20/2019
Degree: Nursing
Graduation Year: 2020
"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!!"
2.9 out of 5 stars
Danielle - 2/2/2018
Degree: Nursing
Graduation Year: 2017
"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."
1.0 out of 5 stars
Daniel - 4/6/2017
Degree: Nursing
Graduation Year: 2015
"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."