Concorde Career College is a for-profit educational institution that allows any student to pursue either a RN program or a LPN program.
One of the advantages of going with Concorde is that there are no nursing prerequisite courses required. Every class and clinical you need is included in the program. Admissions is pretty easy as well. You will have to pass a very easy entrance exam which covers very basic material. There are no waiting lists like at many community colleges and universities all over the nation. It’s not unusual for a student accepted to an ADN program to not start nursing school until after he already earned a bachelor’s degree! With Concorde Career College, you can start right away.
Concorde Career College RN Program
The RN program is located at the following campuses:
- Aurora, CO
- Jacksonville, FL
- Kansas City, KS
- Miramar, FL
- Tampa, FL
The RN program can be completed in as little as 15 months. Actual program completion time will vary from campus to campus. After graduation from the RN program with an AAS or AS degree, students are eligible to take the NCLEX-RN exam to become a registered nurse. Remember, the goal is to sit for the NCLEX and that is all that matters in the end even though this is not a traditional nursing school.
Concorde Career College LVN Program
If you are interested in an easier and shorter program, you can complete a daytime vocational LVN / LPN program within just 13 months. Those who only go to school in the weekend only program cam complete it within just 20 months. The LVN program is offered at the following campuses:
- Arlington, TX
- Garden Grove, CA
- North Hollywood, CA
- San Bernardino, CA
- San Diego, CA (no weekend program available in San Diego)
Concorde Career College Tuition, Fee, and Financial Aid Information
The tuition required will vary, but much of it can be covered by federal financial aid. Because the cost of tuition and fees change every session, detailed information is not available online. However, here is a ballpark estimate of what it might cost.
The total cost will be around $39,000. Of which, federal financial aid covers around $28,000. There is a $11,000 gap that can be made up via parental resources, home equity loan, or a private student loan. Keep in mind that 2/3 of the gap must be paid before starting class. Your spot in the nursing program is not secure until you have covered all of the cost.
One more thing you will want to do is to contact your state’s nursing board and find out what the individual pass rate is for the campus you are considering. If they gave good pass rates, then you will be good to go.
Finally, be aware that you may want to choose another institution if you will be going for a BSN later on during your nursing career. It may take you longer to complete the BSN if it does not accept the credits earned at Concorde. However, most jobs will only require the RN license, which is really the primary goal for most students.