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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
For those of you reading reviews please realize that the large majority of people who've been satisfied with ECPI are not going to post a review of their experiences. I'm sorry for those of you who had bad experiences, and I hope you've all found where you need to be in your lives. I know ECPI has its issues (as does every other university), but don't let these reviews alone stand in your way of attending the university. I recommend taking a personal, more in-depth look at the university before coming to a conclusion. I'm attending the Innsbrook/Virginia campus which is located in a fairly affluent area, so I apologize if my statement seems bias.
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.
I find this school a joke. They don't follow the bi laws the write in there hand book. Which states 3 failures no reinstatement. I didnty pass 2 courses by 3/10 of a point, and was not reinstated .DON plays favorites she knows people cheat, let people come to class even though they failed. Told students to come to class untill they catch you did nt pass. Was told what to do, to be Restarted. From letter sent no accept. They don't follow hand book rules. Not a good school.
Military friendly. Great in class training. Mediocre online training.
Okay, one, the education that you get here is how you make it. While you will get help, no one is going to hold your hand. My experience was great. Going for my bachelors now. Two, don't enroll for days, the kids in there are not meant to be there. Many of them are wannabe thugs right out of high school looking for a degree mill. When they get to about term 4, they realize they were terribly wrong. I strongly recommend Professor P. A network guru and all around great teacher. Good luck!
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.
I'll start off by saying that the teachers and staff are very helpful and positive. I honestly learned a lot even in such a fast pace environment. However, DO NOT believe that they will help you find a job. I'm over a year out with no career in my field yet. I tried to get help through career services and the best she could do was help me create a LinkedIn profile. So now I stress on how I will pay this expensive school back with no IT job to show for it. Going here is a gamble. It's only worth it if you have a guaranteed position waiting for you upon graduation.
The teachers are wonderful but the school is a joke!!! They expect you to learn material that you have never seen in 5 weeks and pass it, the testing on MOODLE is horrible because it is never accurate even if you have the correct answer it will mark it wrong and the head of my department was almost never around!!!!! IT IS A WASTE OF TIME AND MONEY!!!!