ECPI University Reviews - Certificate in Nursing
I still attend this school and I love it. I feel like my advisor and the faculty care. This is an accelerated program. You have 5 weeks for each course. Memorization is required for some material, but it will be hard if you do not Understand the material and make connections with real world things. Its the same at any school you go to. Every college I've went to has told students to do outside research to make connections. The grading standards are high. Do you want a nurse caring for you or a loved one who only had to make the bare minimum D to pass? Or someone who had to work their butt of for an A or B in EVERY course or they'd have to repeat it? Many students drop out because of high demands. If you miss one day, its hard to catch up so in the winter a lot of flu goes around because no one wants to fail. But I love my school. And will be taking the RN and the RN to BSN once I'm done with LPN. My goal is to be a NP.
Ecpi say almost anything to get you enrolled in their programs. They say they work with their students to achieve success. Lies. They say they work with your schedule and understands the obstacles some may have in acquiring an education..lies. this school is money driven. They lie about their student graduation rates. I personally witnessed a graduation ceremony for one passing nursing student for the 16 months enrollment..I feel they should be investigated by the education Dept. Students can't transfer credits to other schools and even if you are determined to achieve your goals, they find ways to kick u out the program and your money is lost. Up to $40,000. You are left in debt. If I knew the way they operated, I would have gone and tried my luck elsewhere.. please be careful with choosing a for profit college or educational institution.. Ecpi lies about their graduation rates and is not interested in ppl achieving goals. It's all a scam.
I am writing this review to help those looking to further their education. Please look at going to a different school. They are highly unorganized and unprofessional in many aspects. You pay 4-5 times more than you would somewhere else. The directors do not have the students best interest in their job description and do not care about any of the students. Most of the teachers are amateurs and unqualified, meaning they have no business fulfilling a position as a teacher. *** Their credits do not transfer to any other school whatsoever. If you start here you will either have to finish here or start over somewhere else. If you start in the LPN program and decide to transfer over into their RN program their credits do not transfer. They require at the end of each term that you take a Kaplan exam, they do not teach you that material. They provide you with a book and tell you, "its all in the book." If you ask any of the teachers about help with the Kaplan they will all tell you they don't even know what's on the exam. This exam will count as 20% of your final grade! The rules change week to week. I am currently halfway through and plan on finishing only because I don't want to have to start completely over. I chose to go here because you don't have to have any pre requisites to enter the LPN program , just pass their TEAS tests and you're in! I wanted to save time, not money. The whole program is 34K!!!! With that being said, I really expected it to be superior and to run like a "well-oiled" machine. It is so condensed that you are not allotted time to eat or sleep. I give 110% into every day and its never enough. The classes are 5 wks a pc and yes I did sign up to work at a "fast pace" but not "rush through" crash courses. You literally feel like you are going to die trying. They lower the standards to get people in and raise them once they have you enrolled. It is a "bait 'n switch" that they have mastered. If you really want to get an idea of what it's like to attend this school just come spend hàlf a day observing and ask the students for yourself. The best area to catch people (wearing scrubs) is on their classtime breaks right outside in the gazebo.
The acceleration of the courses are unbelievable. No nurse should take two Pharmacology classes ina 10 weeks period that covers close to 30 chapters. I made it through half of the course and didnt feel like a I learned a single thing. Biggest waste of my GI Bill money yet because theres not a single college that accepts credits from such an accelerated program. Not only that, but people who have graduated cant find any jobs or atleast hold one for very long. You get taught everything you need to know but, with how much material is covered, there is no way to rememeber everything. Your putting every patient at risk. You memorize everything but dont remember everything you need to not kill someone. There RN program isnt even accredited! Now 3 months later, my new school still hasnt gotten my transcripts and are coming after me with bills for a time period when i wasnt even attending. Now im having problems with the VA
I'll be as concise as I possibly can be. I have to have a 250 character minimum, so I'm just going to drag this out a little bit. The thing you should know about ECPI is, they're absolutely expensive! I went for the PRN (practical nursing degree) in Charlotte, NC. I attend half of the program. I received the maximum amount of financial aide (Pell Grant), and even after taking every single bit of that, I was still left owing $10,000. That's not even for the full course! I suggest sucking it up and doing classes at a regular community college. It's hard to work when you're in class every day from 0800-1700.
I went here for three weeks, and I thought everything was great. I was learning new things, I was studying hard, and even made all A's in my first three classes. I was happy with the whole experience, minus a coupe of small things such as an instructor not showing up on the first day of class, and the fact that I was there for three week and never got my scrubs. I thought all was well. I hopped online to look at their reviews for the RN program since I was considering switching over to it, and I saw tons of horrible reviews. I hear that some people couldn't even find employment after they graduated. Credits do NOT transfer. And there is no "bridge program from the LPN to RN. You have to take the whole program over, plus whatever is left. AND pay for it all over again... and it isn't cheap. You have to pay out of pocket no matter what, unless you have GI bill. They want your payments to be like 475 a month and you have to talk them down to make them less. My advisor, Chelsea, pushed me to start the LPN program when I honestly wanted to just start with the RN program. It takes NOTHING to get into this school.. you have to take a FAKE teas test which is ridiculous because it makes it so ANYONE can get in. Even the dumbest of them all. And the teachers definitely hand grades out. One of my classes, the teacher made a study guide that pretty much replicated the test, so all I had to do was study the answers to the questions, and theres my A. This school is such a joke and I wish I would have known before wasting my time. They will make it seem like rainbows and sunshine, but this school is literally a JOKE just to get money. I WISH I WOULD HAVE LISTENED TO EVERYONE! And if you're reading this, please do NOT ignore this. I didn't believe what anyone said at first either and I had to find out the hard way. I talked to the head of the nursing department at VCU Medical Center, and low and behold, they will NOT and NEVER WILL hire ECPI students, and they do NOT recognize their "diplomas" or "degrees". My suggestion to you is to read as many reviews as you can before you register because it will be a big mistake unless you want to go through all that hard work to come out UNEMPLOYED. RUNNN! They just want your money, they don't care about you, or your future.
Horrible school! Everyone is so rude and treats you like you are 5 years old. DO NOT ATTEND.