Baptist Health College - Little Rock Reviews
I liked it here, teachers were very helpful and understanding and wanted me to suceed. It is hard, but worth it! Offices are really helpful, there was some confusion with my fafsa when they switched to a different system, which made my disbursement take longer. The computers sometimes cant login or have weird upside down monitors, but printing is free. Lots of job opportunities and many friends I know got jobs before graduation. They make it easy to enter the workplace. I think its average rating because the building doesn't have enough study spaces, The printers are always being used, and the cafeteria is more like a snack bar.
Freshman semester is like a gentle river stream and sophomore semester your thrown into razor sharp white river rapids. There is little cohesion between semesters, or between staff. Teachers are good but just read you their powerpoint lecture or outline without really teaching you to do well on their exams. The 2-3 times they will give you practice questions in lecture they are so simple it doesn't even touch some of the upper level NCLEX/HESI style questions they will give you on their test. If they really wanted students to pass NCLEX and HESI so bad, why are they not teaching in a way that will prepare students for those? Then we would do well on their exams too. The program is good and you will learn a lot, but be prepared to spend a lot of time studying, doing assignments and clinical work that wont help your grade, and failing a test or two because your teacher literally misled all of your study efforts.
From the get go you are ready to work hard and gain all the knowledge and material you can and pass with flying colors. You will be met with confusion, disorganization, and an outdated curriculum if you are used to a four-year college. This college takes in as many students as they can then loads their schedule with time wasting assignments and 3-6 hour lectures that could be done in half the time if they could teach through material and not get off topic. Half of all your time will be spend doing things that will take away from actual learning and NCLEX preparation. For all the time you are in lecture make sure you take good notes, because a few questions will actually come from their slides and what they said in class.
Facility is overcrowded, teaching staff is terrible, tons of clinical hours dedicated to filling out pointless paperwork and getting yelled at for looking up the information on the patients chart. The same stuff is utilized on computers with the click of a button and takes seconds when you are an RN. The classes are difficult not because the material is difficult, but because they do not seem to teach from their lectures or the required books. I don't get a college that requires material that they don't use themselves. Whole lectures are sometimes from a word document made by a previous student that graduated, others are derived from pictures on pinterest, and some are from some other source not included on the syllabus. When I went to UCA for my bachelors, all the faculty seemed to understand that you need to have your powerpoint come from the book that students are told to read. Baptist teaching staff seems to be very confused about this concept. Serious changes needed.
The biggest problem BHCLR is facing is their teaching staff. For every 1 good teacher you will have 2 that do not help. If they do they will have an attitude or simply insult your intelligence. For those that do well it does not reflect competency with respect to their NCLEX pass rates, and that is the only standard by which to measure a nursing school. Clinical paperwork is a joke and does not help student learning, wastes many hours, and doesn’t help for tests. They will tell you what to study and what to know and more than half of the test will not reflect what they put on a study guide, PowerPoint, or case study. You will waste hundreds of hours studying material they told you to know and you won’t see a single question about it, ever. They pull questions from hundreds of outside resources; modify the answers and not the question, and then have their made up rational for the answer. That is why they can’t point to the book to explain questions, they didn’t use it.
Simply the worst nursing school you could ever think of going to. Teachers suck and fail whole classes at times. Teachers will talk about you and joke to other staff behind your back as if it was on the unit at baptist and you were the dumb patient they were taking care of that day. Seriously, they are not professional at all. Campus sucks, who designs a building with no windows anywhere. Really, this school is for a person who wants to get an RN and gtfo. You will put up with more BS than you have ever done in your education career that I can promise you. On top of all that the numbers dont lie, 68% NCLEX pass rate ever since they started their "NEW" program in 2017. Lucky for them nobody can see their old scores or cares enough to look because its such a crappy job market in the state of Arkansas. Just be ready to fight for your RN when you go here, and its not a simple matter of being a good student and dedicating your life to studying either.
Baptist Health College is an outstanding college. Everyone is very friendly and understanding. At Baptist they will help you succeed.
Started in the Fall of 2017 as a freshman, first thing that happened we did not have a dosage teacher but it had to be done her way or the highway. Taught myself - this took me three tries. Passed to Sophomore I for the Spring 2018. The dosage test, I passed the first time but I taught myself with no help from the school. We have teachers that lecture on one thing but test on something totally different. 3/4 of the Sophomore I class will be repeats because we have teachers that do not how to teach. Teach me and tell me the reason for something not just be read the powerpoint. I can read the powerpoint myself. This school needs to get their act together because they are going to cause me and a lot of others their scholarships. It has been one struggle after another. You can't go the faculty about anything because they feel that you are attacking them so you get your hands slapped instead of listening to the problem and there is a BIG PROBLEM.
The instructors are all very helpful. Great class atmosphere. Fast paced but well planned out. All material is readily available.
They reall care about you on a one on one basis. Teachers are very dependable. They help you in any way possible. The financial aid depertment does everything they can to get all the help and aid you need to be able to attend school.
Great school. Financial aid and business offices can be confusing so pay attention to what all needs to be turned in and keep records of it.
Lack of organization, ridiculous attendance rules and long long lectures. If I'm paying to be attending somewhere and my grades are good it should be up to me to keep up with my attendance. Lectures are sometimes 3 hours long with a few 10 minute breaks but still way too long.
There is no flexibility at Baptist which is what's lacking.
I enjoyed the online classes because I had to reteach myself anyway. I did glean from the classroom but I realized I had to read for myself to understand the material. The online registration was simple enough and our online post instructions was good.
As discussed prior, I think they need to revisit the course load. However, it is a pretty good college for students coming directly out of high school. It pretty difficult for a student who need to work to support themselves. The topics were what I needed to learn for a nursing career. However, not every instructor was able to articulate the subject a way to keep the class attention. The class was not overly huge. However, some instructors voice does not project to everything is understood.
The college had several employers come out to provide job opportunities. The salaries was not that great but it is a job. Internship is not something that was offered which I think is should be. There is no a career center service on campus that I am aware of. The person over the nursing program does provide job openings which are posted on our information board.
Some of the teachers really care and want you to do well. It is a good program for students coming straight from high school with little responsibilities. The college is fast pace with quite a bit of workload. I think the curriculum need a little tweaking. The pharmacology could be worked in together with med surg. Pharmacology is not required at UALR nursing program...it is a elective if you wish to take it. You will have math problems included in every test and course. However, pharmacology is offered online at Baptist but it is a separate course never the less. The facilities needs improving. There is no library on campus and the cafeteria quality of food is poor. To be a health facility, there is too much prepackage sodium packed foods offered plus stress equals health problems. At the end of your program, they do provide many job opportunities which is great.
It is really not the fact that I would not choose this school again. Baptist is now a college who is still doing things in a school way. The program I was in does not require you to be at school all day at other colleges/Universities. It is not a college that cater to all types of people. Most adult have to work to support themselves. This college need a more diverse program to fit the needs of the people. example shorter in class ....majority of colleges only require no more than 2-5hrs 2 days a week. Try offering 12 hr clinicals instead of 6hr twice a week, or offer every other weekend clinicals which is comparable to other colleges. I would consider the college again depending on my job.
Being able to major in my future career is amazing I can't wait to get started
I don't hold a job while attending school. So far as transferring credits, I was allowed to take a pre-requisite course during the semester trough another school.