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I graduated from ONU's ABSN program in Oak Brook, Illinois in the advertised 16 months, and I have what I think to be an honest and helpful review of the program for those who are wondering whether this program is meant for them. Cost: This program costs over $55,000 not including scrubs, books, and gas money. I put 35,000 miles on my car in the 16 months that I attended this program. Work load: The work load is INTENSE. I did school work and studied every single day of this program. I did NOT work at all during the program, but I am a single parent, and I still managed to graduate with honors. Clinicals: They are many and they are far. I drove no less than an hour for every one of my clinicals. Clinical locations are very difficult to secure (for any school), so if you live far away (particularly away from the burbs), do not expect (as I did), that your clinicals will be nearer to you than the school. Most of the clinical shifts were 12 hours, and, depending on the clinical professor, you could expect to work 8-12 hours of that shift. Clinicals ARE scheduled on weekends and days before tests. Don't let anyone tell you otherwise. I had mandatory clinicals on Saturdays two out of four semesters. Some people had 7 straight weeks of mandatory Saturday AND Sunday 12-hour clinical shifts during their last semester of school. The classroom: I hope you like your desk because that's your new classroom. Lectures are not taught on the Oak Brook campus. While some professors occasionally review material in class, the Oak Brook campus is intended for learning and practicing skills. Most classes required reading all of the assigned reading without any direction. Often, tests covered over 100 pages of textbook material. If you want to pass your tests, you HAVE TO READ THE TEXTBOOK. Some teachers offer Power Points, but they are outdated and not meant to replace the textbook. No PowerPoint ever helped me with a test. The book is what you have to study. Grading policies: You must receive a 77% average on your tests to pass any class. You could have a 95% in the class, but if your test average is 77.99%, you will have to repeat the class, pay for the class again, and complete all the requirements for that class again. If you fail a class with a required clinical, you must also repeat the clinical experience. For some classes, this may mean repeating 90 hours of clinical work. Teachers: Like any school, some are better than others. You do not have a choice in who your teacher is, as there is only one professor for each required course. Some teachers create tests that are nearly impossible to pass, and there is nothing that can be done about it. WILL YOU GRADUATE IN 16 MONTHS? Statistically, there is a better chance that you will NOT graduate in 16 months. Of the 43 students I started the program with, only 20 graduated on time. Several failed out, dropped out, or had to repeat classes and will graduate eventually. Why do people fail? EVERY SINGLE PERSON who worked full time either failed out of this program or had to cut back to a part time school schedule in order to keep up with coursework. Most who graduated on time did not work at all. EVERY SINGLE PERSON who had a crappy attitude failed out. If you have ever told a professor off, quit your job in the middle of a shift, screamed "IT'S NOT FAAAAIR" in your adult life, or been told you have problems with authority, this program is NOT FOR YOU. You will be pushed out one way or another. Is this program for you? If you cannot answer yes to the following questions, I would not recommend this program. Do you have a reliable car? Can you secure the funds needed to pay for the entirety of this program? Are you good at taking tests? Are you good at working independently? Are you good at learning by reading? Do you work less than 20 hours a week? Do you get along well with others? Are you highly self-motivated? If you have children, do you have a reliable person who can watch them any time you need to study? If you can't say yes to all of those, I'd choose another college, and here's why: Olivet is VERY expensive. The only way I could justify the cost was that I could start working 6 months earlier than I could have if I had gone to my local community college. Plus, I figured, I'd make more money off the bat having a BSN, and I wouldn't have to pay for an RN-to-BSN program (which are very reasonably priced, I believe). 6 months of RN work yields about 30,000, making this program seem much more reasonable. If it had taken me two years to finish, I could have done a different program and been in much less debt.
Going to olivet Nazarene University ABSN is a nightmare and worst mistake of my lifetime. They are not supportive of student needs. Professors are barely available to help you succeed. Many professors here full of ego. They think of themselves as above everyone and highly qualified when they have barely worked as floor nurses and do not have enough experience themselves to teach kids. These Professors here are nurses who couldn't stand the rigor of the life on the nursing floor, so they decided to turn into full time educators. No sense of passion, empathy, or love that are hallmark to the field of nursing. Check the linkedin profiles of a lot of professors here. Apart from the lab coordinator and few others, very few of them have nursing unit experience. Many are straight out of school (less than 5 years of floor nursing experience and barely worked as an NP or FNP) yet them claim to know everything. This is the reality of this school. They just want your money and there lure you in through there various ads and convince you that they are faithful followers of Christanity. In reality, they give christanity a bad name. Do not attend this school.
Choosing to attend Olivet was one of the best decisions I have ever made! The professors in my department invested in me as a professional as well as in me personally, and the classes I took gave me knowledge and experience that I can already see positively impacting my work. Financially, Olivet made it easy for me to afford, and looking back, the investment was so worth it. It's important to find a university that challenges AND cares, because after four years, you will have been molded by it. I am thankful for the ways ONU shaped and molded me in my time as an undergraduate student.
I had a terrific experience, and thoroughly enjoyed my time at Olivet. I received terrific instruction, and as a performance major, was able to have a variety of performance opportunities. The student experience was great, and different than many of my peers. I enjoyed the quality attention given to every student, and the faith component was prevalent throughout my entire degree.
Looking back at how far I have made it, I wish I walked out the first day. The funny part is the very first day of orientation of level 1 a level 4 student told me and several peers that this program is complete trash. Staff and teachers literally could care less about you. There is absolutely no support and guidance from instructors once you hit level 3. If all the instructors were like the level 1 and 2 instructors then the class portion of the program would be great. Clinical situation is a hot mess so there is no way the program would be tailored to you. Literally made me drive 64 miles 1 way when there was a site much closer to my home. I would not recommend this money pit to my worst enemy. Good luck surviving if you plan on going here!
This is the worst school to attend; staff members do not care about you as an individual, its only about money.I was in an accelerated BSN program getting good grades until I entered into mental health, this Professor was not organized nor was the class structured. The class did not receive PowerPoints; tools or other materials to help pass the class, I was literally just told to read several chapters on top of chapters. I did not receive my first exam until 6 weeks into the semester which the exam was a nightmare. I Complained!! I was penalized for the Professor not being clear with assignments. I complained to the program coordinator and I was told things would get better, it didnt. after the third test I dropped the class and was told it was to late and Im responsible to pay 3 grand. It is sad to say this is suppose to be s religious caring school unfortunately its not this school does not stand for any of their core values. I am paying for school out of pocket. this incident really saddened me and prevented me from not wanting to continue my education at this school. Caring staff would have looked at my history and investigated the situation. This school done nothing but give me the run- around for a year.
Where can i start?? How about complete garbage and evil? For most employed people including myself accepting a job means that we have to do the work that we agreed upon in the title and duties of the position. If we breech this agreement by either not working or doing a half-way job our employment is terminated. Olivet instructors seem to be able to get away with the impossible because they accept a paycheck that YOUR tuition funded and they sit back and do absolutely nothing that their job description requires. And guess what ?!? They still have a job!! Not all are like this but it only takes one awful instructor to either make your life a living nightmare or make you fail. Talk about a major feeling of being ripped off... Reading these reviews on here makes me sad because so many of my peers were highly educated and intelligent people who just had the short end of the stick by either getting rammed over by their clinical situation or instructors that targeted them. It is kind of hard to juggle reading 200 + pages per week for 2 exams in 1 day, homework, 2-3 clinicals per week that can be up to 2 hours away for 8-12 hours, all with no guidance or support from your instructors. Seriously I learned more from YouTube than I ever did from those "instructors". I literally sent an email for clarification on a topic and the instructor told me that she couldn't explain because no one would my hand for the nursing licensure exam. The ABSN program is not worth it 100%. Olivet has a reputation of being a horrible school so take that into consideration when you are looking for a program. 16 months is what they use to lure you in because ABSN programs are typically designed for people that are making a career change so Olivet takes advantage of that by targeting this population. They know people want a quick in and out all with a BSN vs ADN title and will go there with high hopes of success. Ir is a total waste of your time, energy, money, and effort. Do not go here.
To the future potential students reading all these comments - take them seriously! I was once in your shoes where I said okay, maybe these students are mad because they are lazy or they are bad students. Let me tell you- I was 100% wrong. Olivets ABSN program is the most traumatizing experience of my life. You can work your hardest and give your 110% into studying and you will still fail exams. When I say fail I mean less than 77% because anything below that is considered failing on Olivets standards. Thats something that they dont mention until orientation day. Level 1 and 2 were a breeze because those instructors have experience teaching and actually want to see you succeed. Level 3 is a nightmare and level 4 is even worse. Please do not go here. It is a waste of your money and time. The stress is also not worth it. If you make it to level 3 you will see that certain instructors are just down right wicked and cruel and believe me - they are untouchable because so many students have complained and yet they still have a job. The program director, level 1, and level 2 instructors are angels and a blessing to that nightmare of an institution. Their hearts are in the right place and they sincerely want to see you all become successful nurses, but unfortunately there are too many problematic people and flaws rooted in the program. Please save yourself from this institution and go somewhere else where every single employed instructor will care about you and actually make an effort to help you become a successful nurse.
All of the reviews about the ABSN program on here are 100% correct. This program is by far the worst decision I have made in my life. From the second you walk into the program they hound you for money and once they get it, they stop attending to you. The instructors in level 1 and 2 have experience TEACHING while the ones in level 3 and 4 do not. That is exactly why level 1 and 2 were a breeze. Since I started the program 3 teachers were let go because they were so incompetent and lacked all of the qualities of a teacher. Instructors have no problem lying to you and making life as difficult as possible. Since I started more than half the class failed out, transfered, or got held back and that says a lot about the integrity of the program because everyone in my original class had a bachelors, masters, or experience in the field. It is better for you to go somewhere else where teachers actually care about their students, are willing to teach, and do not scream at tutors for attempting to help you learn a topic. Do not listen to the advertisements of this legal scam- 16 months can easily turn into 20+. Another point to add is that this program does not have good relations with hospitals or nursing homes so their clinical spots are very limited- be prepared to drive 2+ hours 1 way from your home.
Beyond horrible. Seriously cannot believe someone gave this place 4/5 stars. They must be delusional or a brown-noser which seems to be the only way to get through to the staff. Some instructors are really nice and willing to help you but once you hit level 3 and 4 it all changes. The profs could care less because they do not want you to succeed. I agree with the instructors and staff when they say do NOT work unless you are working behind a desk where you can actually study then go ahead and work. Much of this program is broken promises and dreams. They promise you that you will be done in 16 months so you start to dream about it. Next thing you know more than half of your classmates either failed or dropped out. No wonder they hide those stats from the public. Once your check from the bank clears they could care less about you and basically tell you that they can't help because when you sit down to take the NCLEX no one will help you. Those instructors should be so ashamed of themselves for claiming that they are apart of the church of Nazarene. Avoid this place unless you are willing to go to the depths of the underworld and be another victim of an expensive scam.