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The staff is very helpful and communication is amazing. The staff was with me 100% throughout my program. The online programs are easy to navigate and all online classes are 4 weeks long. They have an excellent textbook program through vital source.com where you get text book access the day you start the courses.
The communication between the school and the students is horrible. So many hoops they make you go thru and they dont explain ANYTHING to you. When you try and get answers they basically give you the run around. Nobody seems to know what is truly happening. God forbid you have a special circumstance....then things get real shady! I had things that should be taken care of quickly go thru about five people to get a negative answer. Also, if this is for adults that work...why are the offices only open during the day?!?!? We all are at work!!!
National University is expensive and a diploma mill to get the GI bill dollars from the government. I was dismissed from the Nursing Program because the dean and my professor said I, " wasn't meant to be a nurse." As if they know me and can predict the future. What were the reasons for dismissal? Here you go: arriving on campus for a SIM lab which is a plastic mannekin and wasn't wearing my uniform. Keep in mind you didn't have to wear them every time but this day the Chairwoman of Nursing, Farquharson made it into a major infraction. Strike 2! I emailed a private company called COMPLIO and despite paying hundreds of dollars they still hadn't issued me a background check after 60 days. I asked how Effing long in a tongue in cheek way. Yep, not to an instructor, not to a peer but to a robot on the messenger they have. Strike 3! I had a private conversation and the professor heard me say Ship, After paying 31K for a Nursing degree, they pulled out the rug from my feet and I left me owing for it. There are other people that were dismissed for trivial reasons, one was a girl that was on antibiotics and had a urinalysis and her urine pH was off. No she didn't test positive for anything. The "university" or adult moneypit is a sham. You can't even get a job working at NU if you have a NU degree! The chairwoman and Dean of Nursing both took an active role in bullying me and making my life complicated. They enjoyed it. My lowest grade was a b+and made it all the way to L&D. They then dismissed me for "unprofessional "behavior. This is despite doing clinicals at 5 different hospitals with real patients that had nothing but good things to say about me and how I was going to be a great nurse someday. The Chairwoman is an egotistical maniac. Even ordering me to call her "Dr, " instead of prof etc. We as a cohort had a group meeting since they were RAISING tuition AGAIN and their program towards the end is full of fluff classes, Community, Leadership, Nsg courses etc. I asked "Dr." Farquharson a valid question and she rolled her eyes and dismissed me. It was from that point on that she made it her intent to get me dismissed since she is an egotistical self absorbed, self important person that had a student using their critical thinking skills they hammer into you every nursing class. Do not go to this "University" which really is an office building in a strip mall. This is just the nursing part of the school and I'm sure there are many positive stories about NU in other academic fields. But yes dismissed from nursing school due to a personal vendetta. If you are a man, you will instantly be a target for misandry. This is the worst barely accredited University I have been to. I hold 2 Bachelor of Science degrees from a REAL university SDSU and Cal State, I am in my mid thirties so I'm not an immature first time student venting. I am warning people and especially men. That while this chairwoman and Dean remain, NU is a moneypit and they do not care about you.It was the worst experience of my life. The hostile environment, pitting students up against each other, changes to the syllabus, tuition hikes yet still having outdated to non existent equipment. I would stay far away from this school while these two women are in "power." It is a good ol' girls club and if you are a straight white Male you are instantly hated. The way this woman operated was to get students to spy on other students. They will emotionally drain you on purpose and make you miserable to satisfy their sadism. I have been to "REAL" universities and this strip mall one isn't worth the 60K pricetag. Professors that are there just for the money or ego trip. Every professor worked somewhere else or was getting a degree themselves at NU. Do not waste your GI bill or hard earned money especially if it is your only or first college degree. I can't tell you enough that it isn't worth it. Once you are in they can drop you and take the money running. I am still in counseling months after it happened due to the PTSD. 1 year of prerequisite classes, the "2600" orientation fee that gets you a donut, chips and soda while a professor talks about themselves and all their canned stories. It isn't worth the 1500 "pre-orientation" fee either, then put on the actual tuition dollars, it is a lot of money. I wasted 2 years of my life to be dismissed and carry around a mark as a dismissed Nursing student and no other schools will accept you because of that. It wasn't worth $36,000 a year out of pocket. This school is just a bad joke and a GI bill milking machine. Most of the professors in Nursing haven't worked the floor since the 80s. These old nurses now in power are continuing the lateral violence they are infamous for. NU isn't rewarding, it is stress. Professors aren't there to help you out they just say they are. They just love the power to ruin your finances and life.
This school is a nightmare. They accepted all my credits from my junior college but failed to mention they only count as elective credit and made me retake 20 plus classes at 1600$ a pop. They raised tuition and financial aid is a nightmare with them. They sent back my disbursement from my FAFSA loan and when they couldnt retrieve it I was told come up with 5,282$ this week or youre dropped from the university. Every time I was close to graduation they would miraculously add more classes to my schedule. It was supposed to take me a year or so. Try two and shall years later and around 45,000$. Do not go here!! Also my last point, they make errors and pretty much tell you too bad!!!
Was hired as a college intern and adjunct shortly after starting the English graduate program. Everyone was very enthusiastic on the part of my employers at the community college level and the school being online was not an issue. There was a shortage of minority students in the higher education arena so this could have had something to do with it. Of course, this was in upstate New York back in 2008 so climate could be different now. Unlike California they didn't require the full masters to get hire only eighteen units. Besides that I received my teaching credential and masters in education at National university too. They were very flexible with working with me when I needed to complete my student teaching in New York and found a school and arranged the whole thing even though my certification was from California. My goal at that time was only to finish the program. Overall a great experience with the university.
This is a very bad program. I am applying to CLS training schools and they look down on National University grads. In fact, they reject National University applicants. I've been rejected by 3 schools and they all say that National University is the reason due to their short and expensive classes. In fact, I was accused of buying a degree. I feel cheated, scammed and ripped off. Don't make the same mistake i did!
Please don't go to this school. It's just another diploma mill. I didn't learned anything with their one class a month method. People who were absent often ended up with the same grade even though they never went to class and didn't put effort as I did. Before you get enrolled they call you non stop and when you actually need them to answer your calls they never get back to you. They keep changing the price for classes even though you think you finished paying you get another bill and that's not fair. I was glad I was finished with school and I had a degree, but my experience with a few jobs have been embarrassing because of National University. One of my first interviews some guy with an university of Phoenix degree and I got dismissed because they said our degrees are not valid. Yes they selected me and made me go to get an interview to let me know I front of people our degree was not acceptable. Even though we had higher gpa than the other university graduates from SDSU, USD, UCSD and Domnguez Hills. That's right they higher someone from Cal State Dominguez instead of someone from National University. I'm just ashamed to mention I come from there. Please go to a state university seems you will get any job anywhere from those schools.
This program was amazing. I learned the craft of writing, which helped me at work, but also enriched my life. I also just published my Master's Thesis as a novel, with revision, of course, but I loved this program. Almost wish that I could do it again.
Wonderful program. This school makes it easy to work around your work schedule. I love the accelerated classes and my advisor Erica was very helpful and professional. The only con that I have is, I want to go back to school for my Masters degree, but the tuition keeps raising so the school is getting too expensive. I might go elsewere to finish my masters for that reason alone.
My biggest issue with this school is that I constantly had issues with the instructors. Prior to class starting, I'd buy the required books, and, on the first day of class, I'd print the syllabus and get to work. Well, by Wednesday of the first week (if you're lucky), the instructors would change the reading material and the syllabus. So, the assignment the class was working on became useless, and then there was a mad rush to finish reading completely different material and completing a completely different assignment by the due date. If you bring the issue up with the instructor, you are met with a wall of ego that your criticisms can't penetrate. The instructors don't care if you waste your money on books you're not going to read. They don't care if you waste your time on an assignment you'll never get to turn in. They want to hold you accountable, but don't want to lead by example. Plus, you may not see your grades until the last week of class, because some instructors don't bother grading assignments until the last minute. So much for feedback, right? I've emailed and called some instructors and never got a response. Finally, I called one out in one of our discussion forums for not contacting me back in over a week. That got a response. The instructors are phoning their work in. Most of them have jobs at other universities, and are only doing National University online as a side job. They have no standards, and there is no way to hold them accountable for their laziness. I've been to several universities, as I'm a lifetime student. National University was my worst experience.