Chabot College is part of the Las Positas Community College District and looks to be a nicely organized educational institution. They offer three variations of the LVN to RN degree earning program and are quite up-front about cost (even those terrible additional costs that sneak up on you), application process, job outlook and caveats that might exist.
Although Chabot offers both campus and online courses, we found their online course description to be dated at last year and no indication if the online version of the program has been discontinued. We are leaving it in the Online Programs section because we feel it's still running. ** We will update this post when we find out **
So they either have an error on their website or ambiguous information but they list their program in one spot on their website as two years long and another spot (lower down same page) at one year without any detail as to why. What we mean here is that they say they offer a two year course from LVN to RN licensure then they quote "The one year program costs about $4,000".
Don't get us wrong, we love when a college is up front about costs, and Chabot is, they go on to list parking fees, lab fees, approximate book costs and all that. However, they did say it was a 2 year program so are we to believe then that the typo was to read: "The one year program costs about $4,000 each year"? It would seem more norm anyway.
Whats even more confusing is that they list on the introductory page to the program itself, the total cost at only being $2,000 (and no definitive length of time defined).
They offer three different paths to the RN degree, they are:
Earning an AA Degree
To receive an AA Degree, you will need to complete all of the pre-requisite science courses and Nursing 70. In addition to the Nursing program sequence additional courses are required by the California Board of Registered Nursing (BRN) and must be completed.
- The 30-Semester Unit
Complete the 30 specifically designated semester units of prerequisite science courses and Nursing 70. Other degree and general education requirements are not required under this option. Graduates of this program are eligible to take the NCLEX-RN Licensing exam ONLY in California. At the present time, employment options after graduation are limited to the State of California. Regardless of whether you eventually continue your education and complete your degree your RN license will always be stamped 30 Unit Option.
Complete all courses in the nursing program which are considered to be a component of the nursing program as approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing. This option allows the student who has completed the nursing courses (but not all the general education courses required for the AA degree) to sit the licensing exam without the degree. Regardless of whether you continue your education to receive a degree your RN license will always be stamped Non-Degree.
All-in-all these guys look pretty good, they are up front with info even though they present it a little ambiguously. All things considered, we are going to initially rate them just under 9. As we learn more, this may adjust.