College Senior 2013-10-11T15:24:59Z
Mercy is a great place to attend nursing school because we get a lot more clinical hours than other programs do. However, since it is a diploma program, we will have to go on to get BSN's from other schools after we graduate. So we get a lot more hands-on experience than someone with a BSN, but have poorer job prospects, which is a little depressing. However, Mercy has a 100% pass rate for the NCLEX (unsurprising considering how difficult their tests are!), so I feel I am being very well prepared for my career.
College Senior 2013-10-11T15:20:11Z
This is extremely varied depending on which professor/class you are talking about. There are a few there who probably should not be teachers, but in general most of the professors I've had at Mercy so far are very knowledgeable and excited about what they teach. Since the school is so small it is much easier to get a chance to talk to them one-on-one, and interactions are much more personal than they could be at a larger school. Workload is manageable in general unless you take a class during the summer...I took Fundamentals over the summer, and it was so insanely busy we kept having to schedule extra practice times just to get in our time in the lab. The curriculum is good but they only offer nursing courses, so you have to take your prerequisites elsewhere.
College Senior 2013-10-11T15:14:41Z
The school is very small so there is only one computer lab (also small). However, since class sizes are small too it doesn't need to be any bigger; there have always been available computers when I've been in the lab. Sometimes I bring my laptop and I never have a problem connecting to the school's internet, which I can't say for any other school I've ever attended!
Recent Alumnus 2011-10-05T12:22:34Z
Does Not Exist – They do offer an 80/20 loan in which CHS will pay 80% of your tution if you agree to work for them for 2 years after graduating but of course you are not assured a job. When I started school everyone that graduated had a job before they graduated unfortunately this was not the case when I graduated. HR decided they only wanted to pursue a handful of the graduates that semster and the rest of us were essentially kicked aside and left to try and find employment on our own. They did not even attempt to refer to other systems.
Recent Alumnus 2011-10-05T12:14:57Z
You had to attend class. Instructors would post their power points on line.
Recent Alumnus 2011-10-05T12:09:02Z
Great instructors. If you make it through the program you should have no trouble passing the NCLEX. Clinical experiences were OK. The school and the associated hospital was bought by Carolina's Health Care System but clinicals were limited to Mercy Hospital and CMC-Pinville which used to be Mercy South I think. The only clinicals we were allowed to do at CMC-main was pediatrics. Clinicals would have been much better if we could have done clinicals at CMC-main. Unlike other schools if you do not pass a nursing course, you do not automatically get to repeat the class. You have to apply for readmission and typically unless you are a minority student you do not get back it. (I am just telling you what I observed. My first semester we had several students who did not make the cut and only 2 (one was a guy) were readmitted)
Recent Alumnus 2011-07-28T11:53:05Z
Instructors That Care – The intstructors at Mercy really take time to spend with you one on one if you need extra help. They do everything they can to help you succeed.However, the classes are challenging and they will not let you move to the next course without at least an 80 average. They really do well to prepare you for the NCLEX.
Recent Alumnus 2011-07-27T18:17:55Z
Great Clinical Experience – I love MSON. The instructors are great and prepare you well for the NCLEX, as evidenced by their continuous high success/pass rates.
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