Keiser University Reviews - Associate in Nursing
Over all, Great Experience. This school is not for everyone. The Gen eds are accelerated so you learn a normal semester in 4 weeks. I loved it because I hate school and was able to finish quickly and I maintained a 4.0 in Gen Eds. The actual nursing program was different. 4 month long semesters instead of 4 weeks and pretty tough but i was still able tough maintain As & Bs for final grades. Our class had it rough - new instructors, unfocused instructors, instructors leaving - in the middle of the semesters. A lot of our clinical time was cut and we were left without preceptors in the last semester and given some lame excuse as to why. Also, this is a private school, not public, which makes it much more expensive. I had the GI Bill so I didn't have to worry about that. One thing that was great was that they make your schedule, no waiting in line for classes that may be full. Another thing was that they handled all the financial stuff and submitted everything for me. One piece of advice, buy your books on line and ask the class ahead of you what they used. You don't use about half the books on the list each semester. Huge waste of money. VA book stipend doesn't cover it.
This school is not for everybody, for me it was obvious to choose this school. Main reason: They accepted every single one of my credits to transfer in. Other schools (FIU, FAU, and UM) took 1/2 the credits Keiser did. I already earned my A.A from SCCC (State University of New York's community college) so I was unwilling to retake classes that I've already had (and earned an A). The one class at a time schedule is great, there is nothing more stressful than having to take 4 finals in one week! Here I feel like you can really learn rather than try to cram just to pass. Focusing on one class at a time was the way to go for me. The professors at the Miami campus were excellent, but the office staff were horrible. They misplace everything (including your official transcripts, so get everything in writing that they have them, best way is through e-mail), they are very rude, most of them are young and couldn't seem to care less about their job. I recently transferred to the Ft. Lauderdale campus (also switching programs), and in the short amount of time I've dealt with them I am pleased with their professionalism and respect. Overall, know what to expect if you choose Keiser you will work your butt off (they're not going to hand you a degree, which is what some people expect).
I am very pleased so far. Even though it is more expensive it fits into my schedule of being a single mother and working full time. I find the excelled courses can be a bit intimidating but it's nice to only juggle one class at a time. I can't wait to finish up with my prerequisite courses and enter the nursing program.
The staff are great and very helpful. The classes are smaller so you can have individual attention from the instructor which helps you succeed in the program study your in.
Do some research about complaints/good reviews before attending this school, I wish I did!! I attended for two semesters (winter 2013 and spring 2014). Because the tuition is so high (do your own comparison with other schools) I was forced to apply for multiple private loans before they would allow me to get into a payment plan directly with the school. This dramatically affected my credit score even though I told them I would be denied for all of them. I paid over $8,000 just for two semesters, not including my federal loans. I am now done my pre-nursing courses and was told the wait list would be over a year. In the mean time I have been looking at other schools to pursue my education sooner. I was told by Keiser that they would not send me my transcripts (official and non-official) because I was not pursuing my education there as I had promised to do. Since when did I sign something that promises I will only attend THEIR school?
Instructors do not speak English clearly hard to understand them. There is no continuity between instructors, yet all students are held to the same standard. If questions are asked students are told to look in book and find answer. If average grade on test is 69 students are told it is them. When going to Director you are told it will be addressed and no change is made... It's a wonder that local hospitals and now Health South rehab does not want students in their locations, as instructors think it is the sponsoring sites responsibility to educate students while instructors disappear for hours on sit in lounge.
I do not want to come across as angry or belligerent, but I cannot stress enough how EXTREMELY mediocre this university is. The instructors and the administration have no desire to aid students in fully understanding the material and seem to be quite obsessed with the N-Clex. There is no consistency between the material semi-explained in class and the material on which students are tested. Then you have the ATI, which is either pass or fail exam, and there is no class in this subject matter. At the beginning of the semester you are given a book, approximately 5 inches thick, and told to learn it with no further guidance. This school is very quick to accept you, but has no interest in graduating qualified nurses. There is not enough time to filter, process and understand material between exams. Simply, if you have the ability to memorize without comprehending then this is the school for you. Personally, I would dread being in a hospital situation with a Keiser nurse in charge of my care. It is virtually impossible for that person to really know what they are doing unless they've learned only through experience in the workplace and nothing in the classroom.
Do not go to this school. As soon as you arrive. Must take a test and reach a certain number. All programs are different numbers. All classes are a month long. I needed two classes. Omg was it hard. You have to learn five chapters in a week. Then your professor makes you learn all five chapters..picks out 50 questions for test. Which are so in depth. Barley any hands on work. Your grade in class comes from 90% of tests. Lectures the whole 4 hours. Then if you reach a grade of "c" you have to see how your other grades are. Must keep a 3.0 or take other classes over. If you decide to take it over. Your program gets moved back if your close to program. Program is the same. One class at time. When you graduate. They do not get you a job. They show you how to look for hiring jobs.
Please re consider the nursing program at Keiser!!!! I attended this school and I regret every bit of it. When I was enrolled in the nursing program, about 4 teachers quit and also the dean of nursing!!! It was sooo diffi ult with all tbe sork they give, its impossible to retain any information! The professors gossip about students to other students, they lack teachjng skills. I can honestly say professor berrick was the only knowledgeable one there. They push certain people through. Especially the ass kissers. I ended up leaving and im now attending miami-dade. Please think twice!! Be weary of a school that has 3 start dates cor the nursing program! I am so happy that I left the school. attending Miami Dade made me realize how horrible Kaiser is.the equipment is outdated financial aid doesn't know anything and it's overpriced. Please think twice! (Sorry for the grammical and spelling errors...)
I currently attend Keiser for the nursing degree. I am in some B.S. degree program until I pass my teas exam. This program is called the Bachelor of science in interdisciplinary studies. Can anyone explain WTH that means and where you can use such a degree at?
First let's start with admissions. I was told to bring an unofficial copy of my transcripts in instead of the real one which makes sense. No time after did they ask for it until money was paid and I was in the class with no refund. Then admissions failed to tell me that they make you take a pre-math class you really don't need unless you test out of it. So instead of 8 classes you need 10 yes pre-english class too.
Then financial aide oh the idiots nobody can break down the money by class like they do at other schools. No one knows nothing at this school but how to take your money and how to hide the truth from you. Now I am stuck in this school until I graduate and trust by then I will owe an arm and a leg. I pay for my own books because if I didn't I would owe them. I regret not taking more time out before giving them my $200 bucks and signing on to a class.