Pennsylvania College of Health Sciences Reviews
I attended Pennsylvania College of Health Sciences and received my Master of Science in Nursing in the Education track in 2017. I was a part of the inaugural class in the MSN program. The program received it's AACN accreditation just after I graduated. The program was in its infancy and it had to maintain some fluidity which meant that it experienced some adjustments along the way. The faculty and administration was very open to feedback from the students and embraced the adult learning model. I felt that it had some difficulty with use of technology for some of the classes. For instance, the Advanced Physical Assessment course utilized simulation videos to provide assessment "experience" and there was no opportunity to practice hands-on with an instructor and also no requirement to submit video recording or webcam observed assessments. Additionally, the teaching courses did not require video recorded sessions of didactic instruction. They did, however require voiced-over PowerPoint, Prezi and other electronic presentations to be made, for which there is definitely a need in today's educational world. Any online degree has its challenges and the college handled its use of adjunct faculty well, although there was a wide range in how connected the faculty was with the students. Some understood the need to compensate for lack of physical interaction by using alternative means to connect with students, while others seemed less connected. I felt that in some ways I was well-prepared as a nurse educator, such as understanding learning styles and how to adapt educational methods, how to work within current frameworks, and writing a curriculum. In other areas, such as practice in classroom teaching, I felt like I was short-changed. Overall, I give the program a mixed-review for its inaugural class.
I loved this program until I reached my third year. T.H. is the worst professor I have ever come in contact with. I took her to the dean, for her horrible grading & lack of teaching, they only stick up for professors Not students. I decided to leave this program that I enjoyed greatly because I want to go to a college where my advisor actually points me in the right direction. They would not give me a new advisor, would not help me, just showed me how awful the professors could truly be. I am someone who loves online classes, I do not like much interaction with my teachers, but due to her awful grading and crappy teaching I had to go in person to the school many times and sent countless emails that went ignored. I am not sure how the teachers are for the other majors but for this one Horning is the absolute worst teacher in the whole school. My financial aid process went fine, I would still recommend this school just be weary that when you start taking classes with her, be prepared to fail and never speak your mind or they will start sending out grammar and ethical violations.