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1 out of 5
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Degree: Nursing
Graduation Year: 2000

I respect C's review of the school and mentioning the fact that teachers have her a "little on edge". That's an understatement. My experience in the nursing program has been nothing but negative. There are several instructors here who should not be teaching, much less interacting with other students. They are rude, condescending and overall disrespectful, but I will say that there are other instructors who are awesome. I noticed that instructors tend to show less respect for the older students as well, while I noticed that several younger students are favored by certain instructors. This does not make it right and is a violation of school policy, but do you think that the dean cares? Apparently I approached the dean with other unrelated issues and all she did is blow off my complaint. Also, keep in mind that if you do attend this nursing program and you decide to file a formal complaint, say for example, on an instructor. I guarantee you will become a target. You will be retaliated against, which is against school policy, but you really have no one else to turn to. This is a government entity and they know how much they can get away with. The nursing program has this mentality that they are right and you are wrong. In this case, the customer is NOT always right. As C. was saying, the number of students that fail nursing classes is quit alarming and should be a cause for concern. I know they raised their passing score from a 75 to a 78, so if you get a 77.9, you have officially failed that class because in the nursing school, instructors do NOT round grades. When I was there, I know 20 plus people failed the 2nd semester and I know of 20 others that failed the semester before me. Some of the best nursing instructors that I have had the pleasure of dealing with actually warned me and said to look into a better nursing program elsewhere and to stay away from the EPCC nursing program. That says a lot coming from an employee of the college. I personally know friends that moved to Arizona to attend the nursing program at Grand Canyon University, one was a former student of EPCC, and they were happy to report that the education was much better than EPCC. They say the difference was night and day. Unfortunately, it is not easy for me to pack up my family and move to Arizona. One last thing, i know that sometime in 2015 or 2016, the school was in a lot of trouble because more that half of students failed the NCLEX, which is why they raised the passing grade to 78. The school probably panicked so they made nursing classes that much harder, but is that really fair for the students? If you can avoid this nursing program and go elsewhere, do it. Trust me, there are better options out there. If you have to, you may have to move out of town to get that quality education you deserve.

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Degree: Nursing
Graduation Year: 2018

I have had an excellent experience at my school thus far. I do, however, struggle with some of the Nursing teachers reputations that have me a little on edge and anxious. One particular graduate from the program in which I am enrolled told me that out of the 75 students that started in her class, only 9 actually graduated. This is rather disconcerting and keeps my anxiety level at full throttle. My instructors have said that due to the poor pass rate of the NCLEX exam at the completion of the program, the administration decided to narrow the field of students succeeding in order to ensure better results on the national testing. Will I make it? I am certainly giving it a valiant effort and trust that my character will be shaped out of granite by the time I graduate. I must admit that Nursing school is not for the faint of heart and I look forward to the challenge because of the eventual outcome of being able to work as a Registered Nurse - a dream that I hope will soon become a reality.

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