Thinking of startng at the Breckinridge School of nursing @ ITT Tech Lake mary Fl


Uh, yeah. Don’t. ITT is pretty well respected around the country for their more technical/IT/criminal justice programs, but their nursing program is a real ****-show. I’ve been in the nursing program at Breckinridge for about a year, and have tried to give them the benefit of the doubt because they started up 26 nursing programs at the same time. But I have never, in my life, seen a more mismanaged, disorganized academic program as it is here. I’ll finish the program here and will make the best of things til then, but for $54000 I would definitely recommend another option. Florida has an excellent community college system with lots of good nursing programs all up and down I-95. Good Luck

Well I think any school has that clause about changing things. I am in my third quarter at ITT and I am really enjoying it so far. The only problem I have is some of the staff members are rude and disrespectful.

I wanted to give a bit of information from the ITT Tech here in St. Petersburg, FL. I went to the information session this morning. Maybe the older program was 8 quarters, but it is now 9 and if you have no prior General Education classes it will take 27 months to complete. The director did say that it is possible to combine the last two quarters, but it is only for a select few of students who show they can handle it (which would make the program 24 months). The whole program is 109 credits.

Tuition is $493 per credit so take that x 109 = $53,737 (. )
You also need to pay for your background check which is $59.
As well as any immunizations you need and your physical, so that depends on your insurance/doctor. If you don’t have insurance they said estimate $100.
You also need to buy your uniforms. You can wear any scrubs during lecture and lab on campus, but you must wear green bottoms and order their tops ($35 each – not in tuition) for clinicals and you order however many you’d like.

They require the HESI entrance exam, which is no cost to the student. It covers English, Reading and Math (so no science). The passing score is 75 (out of 100).

You start clinicals in your 4th quarter which is 9 months into the program.

They are also accredited by ACICS, which is nationally. I asked if they are going to try to get a regional accreditation and they couldn’t give me an answer. It didn’t seem like they were interested getting more accreditation’s.

They have a contract with Kaplan if you’d like to continue to RN-BSN or RN-MSN.

Overall, I was expecting a lot more for paying $54k. The lab was rather small. It only had three beds with two adult size mannequins. One was ‘interactive’, the teacher would have to stand right next to the mannequin to control it. It also did not talk, just made various noises (breathing, heart beat, bowel noises, etc.). That was their only lab for up to 30 people at a time! I will say the Director was super personable and really did seem interested in the students, which is really nice.

Here at least (including the Tampa location) they have not had a graduating class yet. Therefore, they don’t have a average NCLEX passing rate, which worries me.

I also could not get a straight answer if a HESI exit exam was required to get your degree. (There have been people on various forums saying that ITT/Breckinridge required the HESI exit exam before they’d give you your diploma and were kind of holding it ‘ransom’)

I visited Galen the other day and was much more impressed, especially for it being $20k cheaper.

I am currently a nursing student at Breckinridge School of Nursing in Youngstown, Ohio. It is a new program, so there are some things that they need to work on, but over all I have had a great experience with them. I transferred from Penn State University, and I don’t know about any other state but here in Pennsylvania Ohio the nursing minimum grade has been 80% (B) or higher for a very long time, and personally I think it should be that way. I don’t want a C nursing student taking care of me or my family, just saying. Nursing is a profession, and you need to work hard and study to earn a degree/diploma. Good luck to everyone. I hope this helps!

People who have not enrolled or attended ITT Nursing program really needs to find something better to do with their time then sit on here and downgrade it. Out of the 105 students we have graduated from our campus so far 96% have passed their NCLEX ON THE FIRST TRY. We sit for the same state boards everyone else does THANK YOU. We are just as competent if not more than any other student from any other nursing program. We have petitioned to get our NLN accreditation and are well on the way to receiving it. It has very high standards and a good curriculum. IT IS COSTLY. why because the campuses are small and do not have thousands of students attending to keep costs down for one thing and for another we are guaranteed to start nursing classes and touching patients after six months. not having to wait on a list and get rejected when their are no slots for us in university programs. It is a new program and does have kinks that need to be worked out, but all in all it was and is a good program.

I am a graduate from ITT Lake Mary, FL. I passed my NCLEX on first try and have been hired to work at one of Orlando Health’s hospitals. I had a great experience at ITT. I did get to do clinicals in a hospital. Be very thankful for the diverse clinical experience that ITT offers. Many schools only go to the hospital. There is so much more to learn/experience besides the hospital. I agree that hospital clinical experience is important and unless the sites have changed, you do get to go to the hospital. Best wishes.

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